What’s Your Passion?

This seems to be a question that everyone is trying to figure out.  Could it be that passions can also change or evolve into something else?

I love asking the question, “what is your passion?”, when I do a business plan/budgeting class for cosmetology students.  Some students answer with a dismal tone and then you get those few that light up like fireworks.  The “fireworks” students want to tell you when they are graduating, how they are going to get started, what they are going to do a year after that and how they are going to finally become that salon owner.  The excitement is intoxicating!

Then, I ask about their detailed plan to get there and I typically get a blank stare.  I assure them that it is OK, and that is why I am there to help them.  This is where my passion starts!

When I was in High School, I took my first class in Accounting and absolutely loved it!  I know, a bit strange, but somebody must like doing this stuff.  Around the same time, I spent a summer with my brother that was in the Marines and was completely enthralled with the idea of joining the military.  I decided that the two things I wanted out of life was to be an accountant and join the military.  I thought I could do both at the same time, but that didn’t work out quite like I had planned.

Those sneaky recruiters told me that I could join the Air Force as an Air Transportation Journeyman and then later change career fields.  Well, that didn’t happen and I spent 6 years learning how to build hazardous cargo pallets, driving a forklift, working out on the flight line loading and unloading cargo planes and making sure everyone in our unit was weapons trained and could get on their gas mask in case of an attack.  A far cry from anything related to accounting.  While it may sound like things turned out terrible, the whole experience was quite fun and I learned so many things about myself that I may not have figured out if my original plan had fallen into place.  I realized that maybe my passion wasn’t just being in the military, but that I was passionate about being a part of something that was way bigger than myself!

Let’s fast forward….

After I left the military, I finished both a Bachelors and a Master’s degree and finally got licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  So… it took me 20 years, who’s counting?  It may have taken me longer than most, but I was busy raising a family and living life during all those years too.  Throughout this span of time I was working as an accountant and while I loved what I was doing, it just didn’t seem to fulfill me spiritually.

Why couldn’t I shake this feeling that I still wasn’t fulfilling my purpose or something with my passion was off?  I had done the two things that I wanted to do and still I was left feeling like something was missing.  Wasn’t living your passion supposed to make you feel like you want to jump out of bed and sing every morning?  What was my problem???

It took a lot of self-reflection and digging deep into my soul to realize that I needed to marry these two concepts together.  I want to be a CPA, but I also need to be a part of something that is bigger than just me.  This is how “Excerebus CPA Firm” was born.  Just in case you are wondering, the name comes from the combination of the words “Excellence” and the Latin word “Rebus”, which means prosperity.  I thought it fitting, because I am going to provide excellence for my accounting family (clients and employees) for them to reach prosperity.

Now, I AM excited to get up in the morning because I have the opportunity to provide accounting services to small business owners.  It’s not about me, its about THEM and helping other’s reach their dreams is the best feeling ever!

Let me know your story…have you figured out your passion?  Has it changed?  Are you still looking?


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