Everything I Know I Learned in Corporate America

Everything I Know

Indecision is the key to flexibility.

You can't tell which way the train went by looking at the track.

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.

Happiness is merely the remission of pain.

Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be.

The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.

The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.

Intimidation makes a great substitute for lack of leadership skills.

Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.

Things are more like they are today than they ever were before.

Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

I've seen the truth and it makes no sense.

If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

Here's some good business advice you'll never receive:

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.

Every time you make ends meet, they move the ends.

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do it yourself thing.

Three Corporate Lessons

  1. A crow was sitting on a tree doing nothing all day.

    A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"

    The crow answered: "Sure, why not."

    So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

    All of a sudden a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit, and ate it.

    The moral of the story is:

    • To be sitting and doing nothing you must be sitting very, very high up.
  2. A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

    "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients."

    The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.

    The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

    Finally after a 3rd day, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

    Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

    The moral of the story is:

    • Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.
  3. A little bird was flying south for the winter.

    It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field.

    While it was lying there a cow came by and dropped some dung on it.

    As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy and soon began to sing for joy.

    A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

    Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!

    The morals of this story are:

    • Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.

    • Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.

    • When you're in deep shit, keep your mouth shut.

Special Note: A friend will help you move. A real friend will help you move a body.

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