Was it worth it?

Appearances often are deceiving. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Some time back, a certain bookstore (which we’ll leave unnamed) ran what seemed like a very nice online promotion: buy 1 item, get the second item for 60% off list price. Sounds good, right? Wrong. My daughter took advantage of the promotion and placed an order. But after studying it a bit further, she realized the math didn’t add up. The discount they were deducting from her total wasn’t 60% of the price of┬áthe lower item. It was only 50%. So she called customer service. They didn’t understand what had happened either, …
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And then what?

If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing. William Edwards Deming 1900 – 1993 Throughout our school years, we were conditioned to answer questions asked in class and on exams. We became accustomed to thinking that the key to success is having the right answers. But if you take a close look at the most successful people in life, you’ll find that their strength is not in having the right answers, but in asking the right questions. I’d like to give you a great question that will help you in all aspects of life: …
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Snakes, wasps and mosquitoes

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900 If I asked you whether you’d prefer to be in a room with a snake, a wasp or a mosquito, which would you choose? If you’re like most people, you don’t want to be anywhere near a snake, and wasps would likely come in┬ásecond. You’d probably say, “Bring on the mosquito; it’s easy to swat.” We know snakes can be deadly. Wasps can be deadly too, if you’re allergic to them — and even if you aren’t, their bites can be pretty painful. …
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