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Grey is the colour of an accountant or so popular culture tells us. Personally, I prefer red - for warmth, passion, love, adventure and danger. Maybe that says more about my personality than my profession. Many accountants choose the tried and trusted blue, grey, gold and sometimes, purple.

Designers will tell you that all of these colours have psychological overtones and that is why so many accountants' websites are a cold, chilling blue!

So here we have a very defined interpetative boundary between two primary colours.

Pets Cartoon #6239 by Andertoons

Nothing is so clear cut in life: mostly the edges are fuzzy, one colour often gradually becomes another making it a "grey" area between the two. Clarity and sharpness is an important characteristic of my profession, although my clients always want me to find grey areas in tax!

Many people have a less clear cut, black and white view of life, often finding opportunities to muddy the edges.

Take a very simple thing like an excuse. An excuse is what someone offers e.g. for not having done something they ought to have. A reason for not doing something "feels" more acceptable than an excuse but it depends entirely on whether you are the victim of the failure or the cause of the failure how you see or describe it. The words are the same: " I couldn't do it because..."; interpretation is flexible. So when is a reason really a reason or is it always an excuse?

Whatever your take on those words, what's important in business and in relationships is to take personal responsibility and ownership for the things which are yours, things to which you can (and ought to) say, "I am responsible for that....". That contrasts with the more normal situation where you ARE responsible but don't want to admit it. Once you accept responsibility there is no longer any need for a reason or an excuse. You simply live or die by your actions or lack of them.

The next question is, why was this article not published in the usual timeframe of 5 -9 am on 17th October?

Well, I had a lot on this weekend.....

 

JohnF

 

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Marian Dougan on October 17, 2011

Shades, patterns and modulations of grey;, colour; and a predetermined mathematical system: the Gerhard Richter exhibition at Tate Modern in London sounds tailor-made for an accountant who prefers red (but not in his clients' accounts, we hope):
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/gerhardrichter/room4.shtm