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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 11, 2002

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.

Source: Bits & Pieces, August 15, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

Subjects: Speech, Kindness


One day Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel, was talking with a management consultant, Ivy Lee, when he came up with this challenge: "Show me a way to get more things done with my time and I'll pay you any fee within reason."

Ivy Lee then handed Schwab a piece of blank paper. "Write down the most important tasks you have to do tomorrow and number them in order of importance," he said. "When you arrive in the morning, begin at once on number one and stay on it till it's completed. Once you've completed the first task, recheck your priorities and begin number two. Stick with your task all day if necessary - as long as it's the most important one.

"If you don't finish all your tasks, don't worry. You probably couldn't have done so with any other method, and without some system you'd probably not even decide which one was most important. Now, make this a habit every working day. When it works for you, give the idea to your management. Try it as long as you like. Then send me your check for what you think it's worth."

Some weeks later, after the idea had been tried and found worthy, Mr. Schwab sent Ivy Lee a check for 25 thousand dollars - an enormous sum in the 1930s - along with a note saying that the idea was the most profitable one he had ever learned.

From: "The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management," By Hyrum W. Smith, Warner Books, Copyright (c) 1994, All rights reserved. ISBN: 0446670642 http://isbn.nu/0446670642

Source: Bits & Pieces, October 10, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

Subjects: Planning, Priorities, Management

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


What are seniors worth anyway? They are worth a fortune, with all the silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and lead in their feet.

Well I have become a little older since I saw you last and a few changes have come into my life since then. Frankly, I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I am seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. I immediately go to see John. After that Charlie Horse comes along, and he really takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays for the rest of the day. However, he doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he just takes me from joint to joint. Finally after such a busy tiring day, I'm really glad to be able to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life!!

P.S. The preacher came by the other day. He said at my age, I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him, 'Oh I do all the time. No matter where I am, in the parlor, upstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement, I ask myself..."What am I here after?"

Source: Have a Nice Day

Subjects: Aging, Dating


"The Miss Universe pageant is fixed. All the winners are from Earth."

Source: Heart Touchers, http://storiesfrommyheart.com/home_page

Subjects: Contests, Beauty

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

A credit manager became worried when he studied a list of people with accounts past due. Even more, they were no longer active buyers.

The man decided on a unique approach. He sent all of them a bill for more than double the amount they owed! As you guessed, the plan produced an amazing response. People who had paid no attention to the "correct" bills the store had been sending, were now highly upset. By phone and in person they demanded an explanation from the credit department. It worked. The department had a chance to apologize for the mistake - and at the same time worked out arrangements for them to pay the "lower:" amount they actually owed.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2001, http://www.neileskelin.com

Subjects: Debts

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