Your attitude determines your altitude! You determine your attitude.
Without knowing who you are, I can guarantee that you already have the technical and other skills that you need to be successful. However, there are two attitudes that separate those who are successful in this contractor position from those who are not. These attitudes also apply to the person who chooses to serve as a part-time CFO or Controller.
The first attitude will improve as you take on more projects. Quickly developing this attitude, which I coin as “Teflon-coated mental toughness,” will serve you in many ways.
A duck is considered waterproof, as are most birds. The duck can stay in frigid waters and not feel the cold or damp. This waterproofing describes the first attitude that will help your success as a Hired Gun. This is not to say that you lack this. You also do not lack the three sights that make up the Fortune Teller Attitude.
The Fortune Teller Attitude is the awareness that you have a tremendous amount of knowledge that you can use at any time. Use your hindsight, foresight, and insight in ways that benefit your client.
This chapter serves as a reminder that you will need both of these attitudes and for you to reinforce them occasionally.