I’ve received so many emails about New Year’s Resolutions, that I hereby resolve to ignore other people’s resolutions!

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea to make a shift. In fact, now’s as good a time as any — probably better.

My question: How can we serve you and your business in setting AND reaching your financial goals?

Because — as I hope is obvious — we exist to make your business life easier. We take great joy in providing our business owner clients with sharp vision into the financial realities of their businesses, and the advice to go with it…

But, as you can probably gather by the fact that I take the time to write to you each week — we’d be glad to assist you with *every* aspect of setting and reaching your financial goals. We’re much more than just some dry accounting firm, after all.

So, again — let me know if there’s anything we can do to help you as we move into 2016. I really do read every email from my site (so email me now by clicking the button at the top of this page).

And of course, those emails that I read are filled with predictions and resolutions. And yet, here’s the thing: history is littered with the detritus of horrible predictions made by individual experts.

I prefer the wisdom of crowds, markets, trends and real-world statistics.

So, in light of all those who are predicting X and Y about the economic and business landscape, I thought I’d provide a bit of a light-hearted takedown of “expert opinion”. Every couple years, I like to roll these out at the beginning of the year to my friends as a corrective for how smart we all think we are.

Michael Kessler on Expert Predictions, and Reaching Your 2016 Financial Goals

When you start seeing your favorite thought leaders opine about what’s coming down the pike, be it economic, technological, political or personal … remember:

“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.”
-Sir William Preece, chief engineer at the British Post Office, 1878

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
-H.M. Warner, Warner Bros., 1927

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,”
-Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night,”
-Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946

“The world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most,”
-IBM executives to the eventual founders of Xerox, 1959

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,”
-Ken Olsen, founder of mainframe-producer Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer—640K ought to be enough for anybody,”
-Bill Gates, Microsoft, 1981

“Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput,”
-Sir Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur, 2005

As computer scientist Alan Kay said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

And, I fully agree — but with this adjustment: the best way to predict the future for YOUR business is to set *measurable* goals and with quantifiable actions attached to those goals.

Don’t be distracted by the rush of technology or the clamor of the marketplace — focus on what YOU will do to make 2016 your best year yet.

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Warmly (and until next week),

Michael J. Kessler, CPA
(516) 449-2852
(203) 658-5092

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