Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Article excerpt

Time management is a key to my productivity. When I was a young professional, l wasn't really efficient at what I did. I was trained by a woman who was a CPA, and she put tremendous emphasis on the importance of managing time well. Each time I see people working long hours, I wonder if they're working efficiently. What I had found was that an efficient, knowledgeable person is far more productive and can manage life better.

I've been blessed, because of time management skills, to be a big contributor to the rearing of my children. When you're on your deathbed, nobody will ask if you wished you would have worked harder. You'll think, "How much time did I spend with my family?" I have lived by that principle. I feel very fortunate to have a good career while having the time to spend with my family, which I wouldn't trade for the world.

My wife, Sally, and I wanted to be involved in our kids' lives. One of our sons was in the band in high school, and another was on the football team. Football is a big deal in Texas. I drove the truck that brought the band equipment to the games.

I was a freshman at Marquette University, and I was a math major. My brother was a junior there. He said, "It's fine and dandy doing all that math, but how are you going to make a living?" That kind of resonated with me. I knew I wasn't going to go to graduate school in mathematics, and he suggested I go into accounting, to use my math skills and make a decent living.

I've worked in public accounting and also for private equity doing mergers. I've probably done close to 75 acquisitions and worked for some of the finest M&A people in the world. …

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