A bit of background first:
In my early career, fresh out of the University of Notre
Dame, I worked in public accounting for 7 years. The first 3 years with Peat, Marwick,
Mitchell (one of the “Big 8” at the time) and 4 years with my father in his accounting
firm. We were the largest local CPA
practice in Indianapolis at the time.
The Firm’s name was Fowler, Suttles & Co., named for my father and
his partner, Hugh Fowler. Not only were
they business partners, they were close friends.
I was at one of my current B2BCFO® clients this
morning. This client of mine is owned by
the second generation in their family.
The first generation was a client of my Father’s, and of mine, some 30+
years ago. The lady who processes
accounts payable is still at this client, as she was back then. I noticed this morning that there was a very
old poster tacked to her cubicle, that she had obviously received from my
father, and had treasured all these years.
A bit tattered to reproduce, so I type the words here (capitalization
and format are same as original).
In Any Field of Our Endeavor,
Anything That Can Go Wrong,
Will Go Wrong.
Left To Themselves, Things Always
Go From Bad To Worse.
If There is A Possibility of Several
Things Going Wrong, the One That
Will Go Wrong Is the One That
Will Do the Most Damage.
Nature Always Sides With
The Hidden Flaw.
If Everything Seems to be Going Well,
You Have Obviously Overlooked
FOWLER TENDS TO BE OPTIMISTIC