by Sunil Bali, 19-10-14

At the end of today, 80% of the year will have gone and we’ll have 20% of 2014 left.

How’s the year been so far? How’s business?

A friend of my runs a very successful recruitment company. His most successful recruiter, Sarah, has maintained her fee rate this year despite difficult market conditions. Many of her colleagues have lowered their fees to try and win market share, but aren’t as successful as Sarah who charges the highest price, but produces the most profit.

When questioned as to why she charges the highest fees, Sarah replied, "Because I’m worth it." Her clients clearly think so as she has by far the highest levels of repeat business in the company and they worship her, or should I say worthship her, since they believe she is worth the fees that she charges.

The economy may be weak, as might be your particular market, but life’s a result of your decisions, not your conditions.

It’s been estimated that over $200,000Billion is spent globally every day. Opportunities are everywhere. Here’s a message from those that seize them:

Dear optimist, pessimist and realist,

While you were deciding how much water there was in the glass, I drank it.

Yours sincerely

The Opportunist

If, as Pareto said, 20% of your activities account for 80% of your results, there’s still time to finish the year strong.


A drunk stumbles across a Baptismal service on a Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to stagger down to the riverbank and stands next to the Minister.

The Minister turns, notices the old drunk and says, "Mister, are you ready to find Jesus?"

The drunk looks back and slurs, "Yes sir, I am."

The Minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up.

"Have you found Jesus?" the Minister asked.

"No, I didn’t!" said the drunk.

The Minister then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, "Now brother, have you found Jesus?"

"No, I did not!" said the drunk again. Quickly beginning to sober up.

Disgusted, the Minister holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time, brings him up and demands, "For the grace of God, have you found Jesus yet?"

The old drunk wipes his eyes and pleads, "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"