Somerset Accountant Asks: May I Remind You About The Experts?

Somerset Accountant Asks: May I Remind You About The Experts?

January 13, 2012

“There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.”
-Charles Baudelaire

Well, now that the first week of 2012 is behind us, how are you progressing with your business goals? Too early to tell, perhaps? Obviously, the first part of the calendar year is a very common time to be setting goals, attaching specific action steps, etc.But my question: How can we serve you and your business in setting AND reaching your goals? Because — as I hope is obvious — we exist to make your business life easier.

We take great joy in providing our business owner clients with the ultimate vision into the financial realities of their businesses, and the advice to go with it… But, as you can probably gather by the fact that I take the time to blog to you each week — we’d be glad to assist you with *every* aspect of setting and reaching your goals. We’re much more than just some dry accounting firm, after all!

So, again — let me know if there’s anything we can do to help you as we move into 2012. I really do read every response to my emails, each week.

Now, we are super busy around these parts, getting ready for tax season, but I was taking in many expert predictions for 2012 this year but here’s the thing: history is littered with the detritus of horrible predictions made by individual experts. I prefer the wisdom of crowds, markets, trends and real-world statistics.

So, in light of all those who are predicting X and Y about the economic and business landscape, I thought I’d provide a bit of a light-hearted takedown of “expert opinion”.

Mark Clark’s “Real World” Business Strategy About Those “Experts”…”

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys,” -Sir William Preece, chief engineer at the British Post Office, 1878.

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” -H.M. Warner, Warner Bros., 1927. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” -Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night,” -Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

“The world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most,” -IBM executives to the eventual founders of Xerox, 1959.

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” -Ken Olsen, founder of mainframe-producer Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

“No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer-640K ought to be enough for anybody,” -Bill Gates, Microsoft, 1981.

“Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput,” -Sir Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur, 2005.

As computer scientist Alan Kay said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” And, I fully agree–but with this adjustment: the best way to predict the future for YOUR business is to set *measurable* goals and with quantifiable actions attached to those goals.

Don’t be distracted by the rush of technology or the clamor of the marketplace–focus on what YOU will do to make 2012 your best year yet. I’m personally dedicated to your success. Can other accountants say that?