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Greg Kyte 2Lately I’ve been hearing this kind of crap:


I call BS. The American Dream is not dead; its bastardized, mutant, entitled misinterpretation is.


First, let’s make sure we know what the hell we’re talking about. The American Dream (that’s not dead) is the idea that if you’re really smart and really hard working, the life you lead in the future can be dramatically better than the life you had in the past. The American Dream says that opportunities exist; if you find them quicker and leverage them better than the next guy, you’ll make some money and your dad might finally be proud of you. The American Dream says that the employee can become the boss, the tenant can become the landlord, and the janitor can become the head custodian.



If you want to be a member of Thriveal, you have three options. You can be an Artisan, a Craftsman, or a Builder. I’ll provide an overview in this week’s post and we can dig into each level more specifically in later posts.

Artisans are those who have been running their own firms long enough to know what growing pains feel like. They have a certain level of revenue and at least one team member. Some have partners. They are looking for growth, but they want to be strategic as they grow. Read more

Behind The Scenes

jen-pic-2My pastor, Peter Hubbard, is a great teacher and story teller. Back in 2008, we were working our way through the New Testament book of Ephesians as a church and we were learning about corrupt and uncorrupt speech. This is when I first heard about funneling.

Funneling is something most all of us have mastered without really even trying. It is the art of taking any topic, no matter what it is, and making it about yourself.

For example,

Your Colleague: We had some killer green beans for Christmas.

You: I once had a restaurant owner for a client. His green beans were really good too. With my guidance, he was able to open 4 new locations his second year. Read more


REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe Firm of the Future. What does the future look like? And how does one ready their firm to flourish in it? Lately, the future seems to be arriving faster than it used to, and these questions have increasingly grown in significance. Many of you also recognize The Firm of the Future as the title of the landmark book by Ronald Baker and Paul Dunn, where they lay out an argument and a plan for professional firms that shifts focus intensely to identifying and pricing for value. Another highly recommended title and a companion volume: Implementing Value Pricing.

Like many Thrivealists, I am fascinated by the concept of the firm of the future – it’s so core to who we are, and runs as a common thread through our Manifesto. The more I thought about it though, the more I came to think that “the firm of the future” was somewhat of a misnomer. I had a chance to actually chat about it once with Ron Baker, and he readily agreed. He wasn’t fully comfortable with the term, but he hadn’t found one he liked better just yet. More recently you’ll often find him, and other members of the VeraSage think-tank, using the phrase “timeless firms,” which I find much more apt. Read more

CPA firm, Leadership

jen-pic-2We have been really excited about the launch of our new site. Please take a look around. Get to know our members, listen to the Thrivecast and comment on the shows, and enjoy our blog.

It occurred to me that those of you not in Thriveal may not know what it means to be a member of Thriveal, so I hope to take a few minutes on Fridays to enlighten you about what goes on behind the scenes in our community, especially now that we are featuring most of our members on our site! These are not isolated members who only interact with Thriveal, a company. These are members of a community interacting with one another in many ways to help each other succeed. Read more

Behind The Scenes