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ATLANTA BALTIMORE BIRMINGHAM BOSTON BROOKLYN BUFFALO CHICAGO CINCINNATI CLEVELAND DALLAS DENVER DETROIT JACKSONVILLE KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES MINNEAPOLIS NEWARK NEW ORLEANS NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA HASKINS & SELLS CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS BULLETIN PITTSBURGH PORTLAND PROVIDENCE SAINT LOUIS SALT LAKE CITY SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO SEATTLE TULSA WATERTOWN BERLIN LONDON PARIS SHANGHAI E X E C U T I V E O F F I C ES 37 WEST 39TH ST., NEW YORK HAVANA MEXICO CITY MONTREAL VOL. IX NEW YORK, MARCH, 1926 No. 3 ACCOUNTANTS, particularly at this season of the year, are likely to agree heartily with Longfellow in his assertion, "Life is real, life is earnest." What with long hours, trying situations frequently pyramided, pressure from all sides, and ragged nerves, life may appear to be too real, perhaps even to the point of discouragement. Accountancy practice involves a life of reality. It has to do with financial affairs, than which in this world nothing is closer to the hearts of men, or more sensitive to mistreatment. It imposes great responsibility upon its practitioners and is severely exacting in its requirements. But it is a young profession, quite naturally with something still to be desired before its reputation has been completely established. Accountants as a class are earnest men. Sometimes they may take too seriously the apparent incongruities of the business environment with which they have to deal. In their earnestness they may chafe because the business world is so inconsiderate and slow to give credit to their efforts. Gradually they are bound to come into their own, because they believe in their profession and are willing to work hard. The practice of accountancy calls for stamina, power, and real worth on the part of its representatives. Stamina is significant of strength and vigor. Power is a property that is manifested only in action. Real worth is a measure of human value. The test of a man's stamina is his ability to stand up under pressure. The test of power comes when the load is applied. Real worth is displayed when the circumstances are trying. The peak of the busy season is an opportunity to demonstrate power and stamina. It is a chance to show the business world the kind of stuff of which accountants are made. It offers the privilege of helping to fix the accountancy profession in a place from which it cannot be dislodged. Longfellow may have written some dreary poetry. Probably he never knew of the accountancy profession, or that accountants might need words of encouragement. But regardless of whatever else accountancy may hold for the weary toiler, at least for those who are interested in their profession there is some consolation to be derived from the following sentiment: "Lives of great men oft remind us, We can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behind us, Footprints on the sands of time."
Accounting as a profession
Haskins & Sells Bulletin, Vol. 09, no. 03 (1926 March), p. 17
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Libraries. Accounting Collection|
|Identifier||HS Bulletin 9-p17|