The Underdog

The definition of an underdog is “a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.” A person starting a new business is a perfect example of an underdog. Statistics show that a new business has a 50% chance of survival. Fifteen years ago, I started Focus CPA. My passion for what we do and my vision has carried me through the years. We have encountered many challenges: too much or too little work, over staffed or under staffed, struggled to comply with regulations and not enough cash at times. It is like riding a roller coaster with all its ups and downs and swerves, some more gut wrenching than others. It is a constant challenge, challenges that engage the heart. Despite the challenges, I love what I do.

This month I read the book “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight. It was a reminder of the journey we take as business Founders. I wanted to help small business owners bring their dreams to life, earn enough to enjoy life and do business my way. My business has been all that. Recently I have had the opportunity to help a business go from almost being released by his bank to selling for just under $2 million. One more success for small business! We will be losing a key client, but we helped them cash out and move forward.

Everyday my heart is engaged, we are a success. This underdog is still going. Happy summer!

PS My current challenge is finding a passionate tax person that wants to make a difference. Please share. Go to our website to learn more.

By Mary Guldan-Lindstrom, CPA

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