Yesterday was my birthday. That infamous day when time stands still. When you stop to look back and reflect. When you look forward to plan, to achieve things that you want to do before you die.
I don't mind getting older. I like the wisdom gained from experience. Just wish my body could keep up. Anyway, at age 42, I am truly blessed. My path to here has contained numerous twists and turns - some I worked for, others I tried to avoid. In either case, things always worked out.
One thing I've learned recently is that life is better when you have community - you are not alone. Many people, especially business men, live a life of 'quiet desperation' dreaming of some place else. Thinking of the things they haven't accomplished or the risks they didn't take. This is why I am trying to create a platform, a place for business men to interact and build community. Please join me. Tell me your story. Don't go it alone.
As a state tax professional, another year means more experience gained, and more of the same - states becoming more aggressive, taxpayers fighting to comply and keep more of what they make.
Life, like state taxes, changes every day. You can't predict the future, you can only prepare as much as possible and be flexible enough to adapt when necessary.
Take my advice. Life is too short. Today is the day to move towards your dream. Most importantly, don't hold onto life so tight that you choke the fun out of the gift each day presents. Sometimes we get so busy running, that we don't enjoy the ride. Let go, ride the roller coaster of life with your hands up.