May 4, 2015

Inspiration and Integrity

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you had an amazing day yesterday.

That leads me to what we’re going to talk about this week. Last, I spoke about Information versus implementation. So, for those of you who are ready to start with your implementation, I’m going to add two more I’s into the mix that will help you take those next steps. Inspiration and Integrity.

For many of us, we learned those values years ago when we were young, from our mothers. Sometimes it can be hard to keep both of them present in our lives. But it shouldn’t be. And it doesn’t have to be. For instance Zig Ziglar once said "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” Getting inspired and staying inspired needs to be front and center on your radar every single day from the time you wake to the time you goto sleep. Read books, magazines or the internet, or watch youtube videos or inspirational movies. Just do something. I receive a daily email from an awesome guy names Simon Sinek called Notes to Inspire. You can signup for that email list at

One of his notes that I particularly liked was "Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools but life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.”. Personally, I like to watch and share with our team at Happy Tax great youtube inspirational videos. In fact, I watched one just before recording this. It can be a great pick me up or can help to knock your productivity up a notch. Check out some from great producers Mateusz M or Basquiat Picasso or search Les Brown, Steve Jobs, Nick Vujicic or Will Smith. Enjoy it and take action on your implementation once your inspired.

The other I for today’s session is Integrity. Author C.S. Lewis said 'Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.’ - Without integrity and honor, you will never be successful in business in the long term. There may be short term wins by taking short cuts however always sticking to your word will build your reputation with your clients and within the business community. It is very difficult, and most of the times impossible, to recover from breaking a promise with someone. In short, just don’t do that. In the tax business, there are so many shortcuts that I have seen others take. The old saying that everyone cheats on their taxes is not only untrue, it is immoral. If you help a client get back a larger refund than they should, that’s tax fraud, and it will catch up with you. They’ll get audited and you’ll not only lose them as a client but you’ll lose everyone they have referred to you as well and you’ll miss out on future referrals. The vast majority of clients will not want extra money they don’t deserve. Being trustworthy is a statement of your character. Always be true to your word and keep your clients best interests in mind.

Our new program to give back to Single Moms by waiving their Happy Tax franchise fee has been huge success since we rolled it out last week. We thank everyone for all of the positive feedback, Facebook comments, tweets and press coverage. If you’re interested in that program, goto or if you want more information about our franchise program, please inquire at

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Have a great evening and productive rest of the week. Let me know if I could help you in any way.

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