I don't know about you, but when I was a kid Legos were my favorite toy. Heck, my brothers and I still dump out the big tub of Legos and start building when we go to my parents house...of course they are for the grand-kids to play with. Yeah right.
Legos come with directions, but most of the time, after building the kit we would take it apart and mix the new pieces in with the older stuff. I barely remember playing with the actual "thing" we built with the Legos - it was more fun to constantly build, tear it apart and rebuild something else.
Business is kinda like that I guess. Build something up using the directions (Google "how to start a business" - see how many hits you get), play with it for awhile, if you don't like it you can start something else. Business is constantly evolving, it is always a good idea to take a look at your processes and see how you compare.
For example, most accounting used to be done by pencil and paper - a tedious exercise that would take forever and encompass many, many pages of green, lined ledger paper. By the time the accountant was done, he was probably too tired of footing columns to care what the numbers were saying.
Contrast that to today where accounting software and technology has almost allowed us to view real-time reports of what and how the business is doing. It is clear a paradigm shift is happening in accounting, unfortunately not all firms are happy with this. Did I mention you can do this from just about anywhere via a mobile phone or laptop computer?
It is truly an exciting time to be in my profession. We have so many cool tools at our disposal. The coolest thing about them? Seeing how they can help our customers achieve their business goals.