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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Dare to become an accountant!??

These 3 questions (and their answers, ofcourse!) COMPLETELY changed my perspective about bean-counters...dunno whether its for the good or bad (hopefully not worse!)

Q: When does a person decide to become an accountant?
A: When they realize they don't have the charisma to succeed as an undertaker.

Q: What's the definition of an accountant?
A: Someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand.

Q: What's the definition of a good tax accountant?
A: Someone who has a loophole named after him.

Hope you enjoyed reading in as much as I enjoyed posting it on my blog.


Blogger Annie said...

Very good Sririam :-)

Why did the auditor cross the road?
- Because he looked in the file and that's what they did last year.

4:56 PM

Blogger Sriram said...

Hi Annie,

Thats a nice one! I have always been a strong critic of the accountancy profession (I form part of the same fraternity too!)for the following reasons: -
a) Many accountants do not wish to come out of their bean-counting shell.
b) Most of them tend to audit anything & everything.
c) Too much of fault finding / scrutiny curbs growth.
d) Many accountants aren't risk-seekers (mostly are risk-averse)
e) Most of em' are introverts, who expect a certain degree of formality and who always want to have the last word.
f) Many of em' are so theoretical that they forget they live in a practical world.
Well, thats why I love this quote by a Harley exec quoted in Results based leadership which says "What we sell is the ability for a 43-year-old accountant to dress in black leather, ride through small towns and have people be afraid of him"..The same is quoted by Tom Peters on many occassions.

3:59 PM

Blogger Sriram said...


I also love this quote by Richard Branson of Virgin fame..."I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer"

10:22 AM


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