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Jennifer BlumerI recently listened to Brene Brown on audible. It wasn’t a book, but rather a series of talks she gave, so it was more informal and very entertaining. But it was also fascinating, especially the ideas she presented about what it means to belong, rather than to fit in.

“Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing, and, in fact, fitting in gets in the way of belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”  Read more

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Jason BlumerThe Thriveal CPAs had such a good time in Las Vegas this week. We learned stuff, and hung out together.  But what was really cool was how a dude named Lance Walley hit me up on twitter on the way to Las Vegas with a message: “Hey dude, I need to meet you!”  I didn’t know who he was, but I always say “sure” when strange people want to meet me when I’m out of town. : )

He said he owned a company that did online recurring billing for clients of CPA firms.  I told him to take a bunch of us Thrivealists to dinner if he wanted to meet innovative CPAs, and HE DID!  Sweet!

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Jennifer Blumer“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis

Many Thriveal members over the last few years have commented that it has been a relief to find other like-minded CPAs. Thriveal CPAs don’t fit the stereotype. They are great at what they do, but they are also creative. They question the way things have always been done. They aren’t satisfied measuring their value by the minute or the hour. They focus on their customers. They desire to learn, and not only to get their required 40 hours of CPE per year. They are disruptive. Thriveal CPAs don’t just want a good job; they want to love their craft.

But what is it about community? Why do we call ourselves a community and not just a group? Here are the characteristics I find in Thriveal – and the reasons I love these peopleRead more

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Greg Kyte 2How do you take a service offering that can be easily commoditized and transform it into a highly sought-after experience that customers will pay a premium for?

Great question.

You can read about how to do it in Joe Pine and James Gilmore’s book The Experience Economy, you can listen to Episode 19 of the THRIVEcast, or you can expose yourself directly to the experience economy by visiting your local CrossFit Gym.

This month I recorded a video blog where I worked out with the CrossFit fanatics to see what they’re doing right, and to try to glean some lessons that we can apply to our CPA firms. Read more

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I was on a swim team of one sort or another from 1980 to 1990, but I never competed in the breaststroke because the name made me uncomfortable. In 1989 I made it to state as an alternate for the 4-by-100 freestyle relay. Yeah. That’s right. The highlight of my swimming career was warming up at the state meet. I pretty much sucked, and not even shaving my legs helped.

But I have two BFFs who were big-time collegiate swimmers. One of them, Ron Lockwood, is now the head coach of the Wasatch Front Fish Market, the most successful swim club in Utah. He built the team from scratch, going from 8 kids to 265 kids in four years because that’s how Mormons do it.

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I was on a swim team of one sort or another from 1980 to 1990, but I never competed in the breaststroke because the name made me uncomfortable. In 1989 I made it to state as an alternate for the 4-by-100 freestyle relay. Yeah. That’s right. The highlight of my swimming career was warming up at the state meet. I pretty much sucked, and not even shaving my legs helped.

But I have two BFFs who were big-time collegiate swimmers. One of them, Ron Lockwood, is now the head coach of the Wasatch Front Fish Market, the most successful swim club in Utah. He built the team from scratch, going from 8 kids to 265 kids in four years because that’s how Mormons do it.

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