Last Wednesday, fellow staff accountant, Jon Yioulos and I made the trip to Bills training camp being held at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, courtesy of Entercom Communications and Freed Maxick. We took off from Buffalo and arrived in Pittsford NY, which is about 80 miles east of downtown Buffalo. There was a buzz in the air at training camp that maybe; just maybe, this upcoming season might be different than last.

As a native of New York City, I have to admit I am not a Buffalo Bills fan. Born and raised a New York Giants fan, my loyalty lies about 350 miles south. However, one thing that remains constant no matter what team you cheer for is that teamwork can be seen across the NFL. An NFL team has never won or lost a season due to one player; you win and lose as a team. This team work was evident at Bills training camp. There were no players alone doing drills, running routes, or throwing. Every player was collectively working together within their groups from the first whistle to the last. Seeing these players encourage, motivate, and push each other was a very cool thing to see.

Accounting is no different than the NFL. I mean besides the physical contact, millions of fans, and million dollar contracts…well maybe it’s sort of different than the NFL 🙂 One thing the NFL and accounting has in common is teamwork. Accountants are constantly working in groups to try and tackle (pun intended) accounting issues and come up with solutions. Teamwork can be seen around the office every day.

One example that is relevant to Jon Yioulos and I is that we both passed the CPA exam recently. Although, passing the CPA exam requires hundreds (seems like thousands) of hours of studying alone, it is truly a team effort. Your family, friends, and coworkers all contribute to your success. Your family and friends give you the space, time, and encouragement needed to focus on passing all four parts. Turning down invites to go out on a Friday night during the summer is not easy, but is something that you will look back on and acknowledge as the right choice. Your coworkers share their success stories and studying tips with you to hopefully get you to those four 75’s (Note: Passing grade on the CPA is 75.) Make no mistake, passing the CPA is not easy, but a team effort really does help you every step of the way. Whether you are playing quarterback for the Bills or filing tax returns, never underestimate the power of teamwork.