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The #1 Lie That’s Holding You Back

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I hate lies.

Especially ones that negatively impact you.

And there’s one helluva LIE that the profession has been drumming for centuries.

It’s one of the main reasons CPAs suffer in silence. Thinking everything is normal.  Not achieving the success they deserve.

So I’m going to tell you what it is.

Because once you know the lie…

you can do something about it.


  1. Paul Dunn on April 7, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Brilliantly done as always Eric.

    Loved every moment of it.

    • Erik Solbakken CPA on April 28, 2022 at 12:19 pm


      Thank-you Paul 🙂

  2. Barry on April 7, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Long die the timesheet
    Long live the mullet

    • Erik Solbakken CPA on April 28, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Heavy Metal Barry!! Heavy metal!

  3. Cher Wood on June 16, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    As always, Erik your stories and comments are timely, inspiring and hit the mark! Thank you!

    • Erik Solbakken CPA on June 17, 2022 at 4:33 am

      Love it. You’re very welcome Cher 🙂

  4. Tom "Bald Dog" Varjan on June 16, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    “The timesheet is the most important thing.”
    That’s exactly what the instructor told us at the Certified Management Consultant course that I was doing in 2002.
    I tried to tell him about client value, but he kept saying the consultant’s stock in trade was his time.
    After this course, I still needed to do an ethics course and the ethics exam to get my CMC accreditation, but after this comment, I thought something was ethically wrong with selling time chunks, so I decided not to do it. I thought I would be better off as an ethical non-CMC than a CMC peddling time chunks.
    As you’ve said, Erik, timesheets really hold people back and prevent them from being real professionals.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Erik Solbakken CPA on June 17, 2022 at 4:38 am

      You hit the nail on the head Tom. It’s definitely NOT ethical to peddle the billable hour. And I’m thoroughly impressed that you stood “your ethical ground” and walked away from the certification. That’s AWESOME!!!

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