Archive for January 19, 2007

William Feather’s “The Business of Life”

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes

Some quotes from William Feather’s 1949 book, “The Business of Life.” It’s a collection of short notes, letters, newspaper columns magazine articles. Very insightful, and something like reading a blog from the 1930’s and 40’s.

The way to get things done is to have a good assistant.

In closing a deal, what you don’t say may be more helpful than what you do say.

…every job has two salaries. One is the pay you get. The other is the mental satisfaction you derive from working for the company.

Business is scheming ways by which you can help your customers make an extra dollar in the hope that they will let you keep ten cents for yourself.

Business is showing a prospect how a job should be done and then having him give it to a competitor.

If you do not have the capacity for happiness with a little money, great wealth will not bring it to you.

Many people are thwarted by excessive ambition. They want a hundred thousand dollars but are unwilling to save a hundred dollars. They want a big house, but do not accumulate enough money to make the down payment on on a small house. They want to write a book, but will not learn to write a letter. Most men become successful and famous, not through ambition, but through ability and character.

Evaluating Business Advice

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Consulting Business

Everyone has advice for you about how to run your company! Even if it’s in the form of question like “When are you going to Get a Job?”

Friends and relatives who have only been employees may have your best interest at heart but not have the background or temperament to help you get your startup off the ground.

Starting a business is like becoming a new parent. When you are a new parent, everyone has advice. Sometimes you have to ignore friends, family and acquaintances’ best intentions. You’re the parent you know what’s best. Business advice is often the same way.

Quick Links

Bootstrappers Breakfast Link Startup Stages Clients In the News Upcoming Events Office Hours Button Newsletter SignUp