I hear that next year's IRS Tax Form will have only 2 lines:
Line 1. How much did you earn?
Line 2. Send it in!
I tell my wife this joke every year.
She always groans.
She's an Enrolled Agent -- one of those
highly trained and certified IRS tax experts
we all need
about this time every year.
or else it's "Better luck next year".
Thanks goodness someone in the family
makes an honest living, while I go out to
a party nearly every day. Ha ha.
But I learn important ideas from her
all the time.
She has a small private business, and every
year she prepares tax returns for the same
80-or-so regular clients.
Each year the work is better and more efficient,
as they learn to work together more effectively.
I'm real proud of her. Watching her take care
of business teaches
me a great lesson about
the value of regular clients.
And just as important, regular colleagues, too.
This lesson applies to all of us, whatever we do.
The lesson is this: With repeat experience and
thoughtful reflection, we and our "regulars" become
an effective team.
Given enough time, we become a team of experts.
Why am I talking about a "team of experts"?
Using experienced helping hands is
a smart way
It's the only way those very best among us can
accomplish everything they do.
It's true -- for whatever project you're working on.
Say, for example, you're planning the music for
next special event.
On a project like this, or on any project facing you,
you really ought to enlist p
eople you work with
time after time.
People you can count on and who count on you.
You'll know what to expect from each other.
You'll increase the chance of working
With your team, every job you do together
easier than the last one.
I love it! This is what we all strive for, right?
Your regular clients and colleagues becoming
your own team of experts.
So here's that tip I promised you:
Assemble your own "team of experts".
Or join one.
Or join mine. Know wha
t I mean?
We all develop favorites we work with over
and over. Favorite colleagues. Favorite clients.
People we think of whenever we need some help.
People we see and talk with often, so they'll
think of us whenever the time is right.
I bet we're all in the same boat here.
I'm always strengthening my working relationships
You too, probably.
It's not rocket science. We all just need to stay
in touch, become friends, and do a perfect job
every time we work together.
Now in my case, you can always count on me
when you need music for a wedding or a party.
I'll help you plan the music and entertain your guests