Great story about J.P. Morgan (the tycoon, not the bank)

It seems that execution was just as important in the 1800’s as it is now.

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 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, a mere glance, then handed the piece of paper back to the gent.



And paid him the 
agreed-upon $25,000 …

What was on the piece of paper?

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