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JP Morgan Formula For Success

August 20, 2014

Getting things done really isn’t rocket science. Here’s a quick story that I hope will help you, as it’s helped me. The story goes:

One day, a man approached JP Morgan, held up an envelope, and said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell to you for $25,000.”

“Sir,” JP Morgan replied, “I do not know what is in the envelope. However, if you show me and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.”

The man agreed to the terms and handed over the envelope. JP Morgan opened it, and extracted a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look and handed the piece of paper back to the gent, pulled out his checkbook, and paid the man the agreed-upon $25,000.

The paper read:

  1. Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day.
  2. Do them.

I read this story about JP Morgan in Tom Peter’s book,  ‘Big Things: 163 Ways To Pursue Excellence‘. I highly recommend it.

 

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