Well, I finally did it. I committed the cardinal sin. I colored my hair...with a BOX COLOR from Wal-Mart. I know. I know. I should have known better, but I was in crises mode....and after all, the commercials make it look so easy!!
I bought the box, read the instructions, and away I went. It all seemed to be going so well....until it wasn't. I was quickly reminded why I pay a professional and instantly regretted my decision.
Isn't this the way of our society. Buy a box and all of a sudden I'm a professional hair dresser. Give me a smart phone and all of a sudden I'm a world class photographer. Give me Google and all of a sudden I'm a doctor. Give me TurboTax and all of a sudden I'm a CPA.
Why do we even need professionals anymore?
Professionals spend time and money becoming an expert in their field. Professional photographers have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures, experimenting with angles, lighting, and equipment to bring you the most amazing images possible. One smart phone with a couple of cool filters absolutely, positively will not produce the same quality as a professional photographer.
A CPA spends thousands of hours and money obtaining the education required to sit for one of the most difficult professional exams in the country. They invest more time and money each year satisfying continuing education requirements. All of this to try to understand thousands of pages of complex tax code. A one size fits all tax program in a box absolutely, positively will not give you the best tax product possible.
The "box" may satisfy a small percentage of people, those that fit into the box, however, the vast majority of people need the experience of a professional.
So stop self diagnosing, stop self coloring, and stop self preparing. Call a professional.