Different Dirctions for a CPA

I just happened to become a CPA by accident - and out of necessity. It was never planned that way. When I got to college I had no idea of becoming a CPA and then decided to become an accounting major because they were getting jobs and the courses were easy for me. The accounting curriculum required a significant amount liberal studies and I then found out that I liked these courses - even more than my accounting courses.

The reality was that I played collegiate golf and wanted to become a professional golfer. I did turn pro but found out sitting in a pro shop selling golf balls in contrast to playing wasn’t my cup of tea. I got married and then needed to earn a living. So, I went back to accounting as a matter of survival and necessity.

After being a corporate controller, working for top accounting firms, and developed my own accounting and consulting practice – what would I have done differently? Well, I have learned to write, and pretty well, as evidenced by two books and numerous self study programs developed for Bisk Education.

A long career of working with and learning from talented people has served me well. I have had some great and lucrative consulting projects plus taught CPAs all over the country. Even after all this I never lost my love for golf and I found a way to make it work.

I now coach and work with junior golfers. In addition, I am utilizing my writing skills to collaborate with one of the country’s top golf sports psychologists, Dr. Mo Pickens, PhD whose players are winners on the PGA Tour plus major championships. In short, I am having my cake and eating it too.

My CPA website, www.northrupcpa.com will gradually be developed into a resource filled with all the management and accounting knowledge gathered over my career. I have a blog that you’re welcome to check out. Hopefully you’ll want to access the articles which will be available in a few months. It’s going to be a work in progress for a while as I convert my training programs into readable content.

I am not sure this is the way I intended to retire because writing and teaching golf in addition to managing the technical content of my website is a lot of work, but it’s fun. You can follow the adventures of our PGA Tour players as they continue their quest for more major championships at Learn to Win.

I thought this would be a fun post in contrast to my earlier ones. I’ll mix up the serious stuff with some fun things going forward just so you know there is more to life than work. We’ll try to keep you on your toes.

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Lynn Northrup, CPA, CPIM - Lynn's focus is on building business value for both family-owned businesses and other CPAs. I also specialize in lean accounting, process improvement, internal control, and assessment of audit risk. Other accomplishments include publishing two books, development of self study programs for Bisk Education, and an Adjunct Professorship at Villanova University. My wife Jessica and I live in southwestern Colorado and we look forward to contributing to the AccountingWEB community.

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