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An honest company

Imagine a company that practices total, uncompromising honesty in their advertising. If they have a great product they’ll say so. And if they’re trying to sell you something mediocre, they’ll tell you that too. They might actively warn you along the lines of “Don’t expect good service from these people” or “The product here is nothing to write home about”, or even “If you have any complaints talk to Benny. If he breaks down crying, ignore it, it’s just a trick he uses.”

Do you think a company like that could possibly survive?

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A leader is best when the people are hardly aware of his existence,
not so good when people stand in fear,
worse, when people are contemptuous.

Fail to honour people, and they will fail to honur you.

But a good leader who speaks little,
when his task is accomplished, his work done,
the people say “We did it ourselves.”

– Lao Tzu


I don’t know whether my life has been a success or a failure. But not having any anxiety about becoming one instead of the other, and just taking things as they come along, I’ve had a lot of extra time to enjoy life.
– Harpo Marx