OMG. I had a fabulous time at QB Connect. If you didn't catch me tweeting about it last week, it was a total blast rocking out with accountants, software developers and entrepreneurs! From learning more about the latest Quickbooks Online software updates to the QB Hackathon where $100K was awarded as prizes to the amazing show put on by Train, the experience was incredible.
The keynote speakers were absolutely phenonemenal and included an All-Star line up of Arianna Huffington, Magic Johnson, Marc Andreessen, Doug Sleeter and more.
I left so inspired and full of tips on how to improve my practice and wellness. Below are 7 tips that you can use to create a business and life you love*.
- Ask for what you want. Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox shared this as her advice to entrepreneurs. People want to help you, but you have to make it easy for them to do so. Get clear on your vision and speak up.
- Be bold. All of the keynote speakers were super successful entrepreneurs and each one of them shared experiences where they had to step out of their comfort zone. And at times had doors closed in their face. Magic Johnson was denied funding 10 times before someone took a risk on him. Debbie Sterling had a similar experience. If you really believe in what you're doing, be bold and keep going for your dreams. Or as T-Sheets likes to say, "Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be Badass."
- Innovate or close up shop. Technology is drastically changing the way accountants will conduct their business in the future. It's not a possibility, it's a definite that accountants will have to embrace cloud technology whether they like it or not. Change is tough, but like taxes it's inevitable if you want to stay in business.
- Be a leader and trusted advisor. Doug Sleeter of The Sleeter Group shared this tip for those of us that want to rise to the top in our industry. Whether you're an accountant or business coach/strategist (which in my opinion, should be one and the same) you need to focus on ways to carve out your own path and be a valuable resource to your clients.
- The true meaning of success is personal. Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, offered this piece of advice to entrepreneurs. Whether it's making just enough money to send your kids to college, run the next billion dollar company or bringing glitz and glam to an otherwise dry profession, success is only going to feel good if it's truly what you want.
- Swim in your business. One of the several golden nuggets from Marc Andreessen. If you want to be a rockstar in your industry, you have to understand your clients, employees, market trends and the competitive landscape. Live and breathe everything about your industry.
- Sleep your way to the top. Arianna Huffington's poignant speech made us all reflect on how well we're taking care of our bodies. We all need to sleep more at night, take naps and stop being glued to our phones. Look up and soak in the beautiful world that is around us. At the end of the day, our parents, children, friends, good health is all that actually matters.
A BIG thank you to the team at Quickbooks for a fabulous time! It's so refreshing to see a progressive shift in a rather conservative industry.
The entire team did an impeccable job demonstrating the Future of Accounting which includes using technology to pave the way for increased diversity in thought, race, gender and everything in between.
And this is only the beginning. Cheers!
Danetha Doe is an author, accountant and business strategist. She uses accounting to improve her clients' bottom line and overall happiness.
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*A business and life you love is a phrase coined by Marie Forleo. Founder of B-School.