The Neat Freak Accounting Hall of Failure

Many have tried to become accountants, but not everyone makes the cut. The Accounting Hall of Failure features the cautionary tales of those who had to pursue less neat lives.






Bob Newhart

Bob was born in 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois. Until 1958, he feverishly pursued the sweet life of professional accounting, but his dreams were cut short: “I was never a Certified Public Accountant…I just had a degree in accounting. The reason I was never a Certified Public Accountant was because it would require passing a test, which I would not have been able to do.” For the rest of his life, Bob would be laughed at by millions.

Robert Plant

Born in 1948, Robert Plant began studying accounting in 1964. He stopped two weeks later. Torment over his immediate and devastating failure inspired a turn towards blues music, which then eventually led him to meet John Bonham, who (I’ve heard) was a very nice man.

John Grisham

John Grisham was born in 1955, and is a double failure in baseball and accounting. He majored in accounting at Mississippi State University to become….a lawyer….and then eventually wrote a bunch of books that start with “The” and A.”