Courage: Grace Under Pressure

As business people, we all have goals and dreams. The question is really, though, how large of a gap is there between reality and those goals – and is courage in that mix? Robert H. Schuller once stated, “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” The guy’s nearly 90 years old and most assuredly continues to strive for goals. The singular goal for most people of that age is to simply get out of bed every day!

74% of people say that owning a home is part of their American dream. Despite the tough last several years on this front, 65% of Americans own a home (down from 69% in 2005). That’s a nine-percent gap in those owning and those wanting to own. Sizable? Everyone has their own perspective on any given data. You be the judge.

Even the lousiest of public accounting firms out there have some goals. It’s a broad spectrum, though, ranging from small firms that have nothing more than a goal of meeting payroll to those firms with goals and measurements out the ying yang. What dreams and goals do you have in place? Are they in alignment with your firm or company? As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Challenge 9


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