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What is one piece of wisdom about life and business you would share for the next generation?

The Proformative community is great because it allows us all to develop ourselves as human beings and finance professionals much faster than if we did it alone. There is so much experience in this network of professionals to share with others. If you could share one thing about life in general and one thing about business you could pass down to the next generation what would that be?


Ernie Humphrey CTP
Title: CEO & COO
Company: Treasury Webinars
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(CEO & COO, Treasury Webinars) |

I would share my favorite quote from Steve Jobs as it speaks to success both personal and professional. I turn to it when I am in the process of making key life decisions.

"“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”--- Steve Jobs

Randy Moore
Title: CFO
Company: SJB Bagel Makers
(CFO, SJB Bagel Makers) |

Work to live, not live to work.

(Chief Financial Officer) |

Never quit on a bad day, that way doubts will never linger.

Mark Matheny
Title: VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis
Company: Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)
(VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis, Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)) |

Very few things are as bad as they seem and one ever gets to the fifth year of a five year plan.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

It's time to leave [fill-in] when it isn't fun anymore

Barry Zalma
Title: Consultant and Expert Witness
Company: Zalma Insurance Consultants
(Consultant and Expert Witness, Zalma Insurance Consultants) |

That you never stop learning something new about your business every week. You will never know it all and with everything you learn you learn how little you know.

(Associate) |

All hard work brings a profit

(Controller) |

Learn as much as you can in each job you have, and move on when you feel your heart is telling that.

Sam Obeng Tuudah
Title: Facilitator/Strategist
Company: Ghana Institute of Management (GIM)
LinkedIn Profile
(Facilitator/Strategist, Ghana Institute of Management (GIM)) |

1. “Communication is life. No communication is death.” Sam Obeng Tuudah
2. “Knowledge is not wisdom. Applying knowledge – inherent and/or acquired – to solving personal, socio-economic and global issues effectively, economically and efficiently is wisdom.” Sam Obeng Tuudah
3. “Inaction is tantamount to stalemate and/or inefficiency.” Sam Obeng Tuudah
4. “Wasting my time is wasting my life. I don’t give time-wasters a foothold in my life, if they are paying for my professional services or not.” Sam Obeng Tuudah
5. “My time is my life on earth.” Sam Obeng Tuudah
6. "A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles R Darwin
7. “Professionalism entails paying attention to details and solving real life issues in your field of learning, but not mere certificates.” Sam Obeng Tuudah

Marie S
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: ASB
(Accounting Manager, ASB) |

"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it work better." ~ Barbara Pletcher

(Fiscal Planning and Analysis) |

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Anonymous User
Title: CFO
Company: Local Government Agency
(CFO, Local Government Agency) |

Platitudes: If only life was that simple. :-(

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Agreed, but the next generation needs to see something good in the world. My opinion is that life really is that simple, people are the ones who have complicated it.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Money, while a necessity, isn't all there is to life. I have seen unhappy rich people and happy poor people. Work some place that will give you a balance of the money you need and want, as well as the lifestyle you want. Choose what's most important to you and follow that first.

I took a significant pay cut four years ago to leave a job that was destroying me and interfering with my family life. After four years I now make what I left the other place making. My family is healthier and I enjoy my work 95% of the time. It's a pretty good thing.

Susan Manning
Title: Owner
Company: Yvonne Lee LLC
(Owner, Yvonne Lee LLC) |

No job or career is worth sacrificing your health or relationships for.

(Director) |

Perception is reality. People will have opinions and beliefs, and they won't always be right or logical to you. In both your personal and professional life, always try and put yourself in the other person's shoes before reacting. In doing so you can help the relationship and make yourself a better person at the same time.


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