When does a person decide to become an accountant?
When he realizes he doesn’t have enough personality to succeed as an undertaker.
I had a hard time deciding if I should tell that joke.
Sure, it’s funny and from where I stand it seems like it may often be true, but accountants are such easy targets that I felt it might be a cheap shot to poke more fun at them.
Also, once I’d decided to go with an accountant joke it was very difficult to decide which one to use… there are just so many of them.
What do you call 500 accountants at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.
What does an accountant use for birth control?
This may come as a surprise but one of my intentions today is to talk about the benefits of choosing a job that will bring in a good salary, even if it is dead boring, so that you have plenty of cash to live the kind of life you want away from work, instead of just trying to make a living from doing something you love to do.
Last week I talked about some musicians who aren’t making a lot of money but love their lives, their music and what they do.
For them, pursuing a high paying career in something like accounting wouldn’t be a good idea, but for those of us who don’t have a single passion that dominates our lives going for a proven money earner might be the right choice as long as it allows us enough free time to do the things we love while we are not working.
I mean, raising a family and paying the bills can be extremely stressful if what you love to do doesn’t bring in enough money.
But here’s the thing that is often overlooked; we don’t always have to make a choice between having more free time and having more money.
Sure, if we are paid by the hour we do, but there is also the option of going into business for ourselves and eventually setting up a system that brings in a regular income while we are not working because it allows us to employ managers to run the show.
The important thing here is to have the vision to see that working hard for little money for a couple of years, or maybe five or 10 years, to set up an efficient business isn’t really a sacrifice if the delayed gratification will be the best of both worlds, free time and plenty of money.
Of course that working hard for little money thing has to be done before the bills and family responsibilities get too great, so sometimes just working for a good salary and making the most of your life outside of work is the best bet.
If you can do that doing something you love, so much the better.
Either way, the trick is not to get addicted to making money, because if you do, there won’t be any time for anything else.
How many accountants does it take to change a light bulb?
How much money do you have?