Being self employed has its ups and downs but for those of us who maintain an income from it, we wouldn't have any other way! I decided to start this blog because so many people think I have something important to say about business. So on the advice of those people....here I go.
Now first things first, as any good entreprenuer would, I've mulled this decision over and over before I jumped at it. Of course my first thought was, how can I make some money at this? (notice the ads to come) Secondly, I agree! I do have something important to say! Somethings you may not agree with but, you will get a laugh if nothing else.
Those of you who are not self-employed and wonder makes us tick. I mean what really does go thru the mind of an entreprenuer. Well I invite you into our world. Sit back, hold on and read this....
What is Two and Two?
A business man was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant, "What is two and two?"
The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was "Twenty-two."
The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001.
The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v Brown, two and two was proven to be four.
The last applicant was an accountant. The business man asked him, "How much is two and two?" The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door and closed it then came back and sat down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice..."How much do you want it to be?"
He got the job.
The Ruthless Executive
A young, ruthless executive died and went to hell. When he got there, he saw a sign that said Capitalist Hell, and another that said Socialist Hell. In front of the Socialist Hell was an extremely long line, while no-one was in front of the Capitalist Hell. The executive asked the guard, "What do they do to you in Socialist Hell?"The guard replied, "They whip you, boil you in oil, and then put you on the rack."
"And what do they do to you in Capitalist Hell?"
"The same exact thing," the guard answered.
"Then why is everybody in line for Socialist Hell?"
"Because in Socialist Hell, they're always out of whips, oil, and racks!"
Overseas Advertising Blunders
- Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick", a curling iron, into German only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the "manure stick."
- When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with a beautiful Caucasian baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies prefer to put pictures on the label of what's inside, since most people can't read.
- Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious porno magazine.
- Pepsi's "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" translated into "Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave", in Chinese.
- The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Ke-kou-ke-la", meaning "Bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax", depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "ko-kou-ko-le", translating into "happiness in the mouth."
The Boss Lady
Funny Slogan Translations
From "American Demographics" magazine:When Braniff translated a slogan touting its upholstery, "Fly in Leather," it came out in Spanish as "Fly Naked."
Coors put its slogan, "Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it read as "Suffer From Diarrhea."
Chicken magnate Frank Perdue's line, "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken," sounds much more interesting in Spanish: "It takes a sexually stimulated man to make a chicken affectionate."
Puffs tissues tried to introduce its product, only to learn that "Puff" in German is a colloquial term for a whorehouse.
The Chevy Nova never sold well in Spanish speaking countries. "No Va" means "It Does Not Go" in Spanish.
True Tales: Computer GeniusA neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"
Office Dictionary Humor: Part IAPPLY IN PERSON:
If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled.
Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).
CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE:
We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up.
We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
DUTIES WILL VARY:
Anyone in the office can boss you around.
JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY:
We have no time to train you.
MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED:
You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL:
We have no quality control.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:
We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality.
SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED:
Some time each night and some time each weekend.
Office Dictionary Humor: Part IIADAPTABLE:
I've changed jobs a lot.
ALWAYS ON THE GO:
I'm never at my desk.
EXTREMELY ADEPT AT ALL MANNER OF OFFICE ORGANIZATION:
I've used Microsoft Office.
I carry a Day-Timer.
HIGHLY MOTIVATED TO SUCCEED:
The minute I find a better job, I'm outta here.
HONEST, HARD-WORKING AND DEPENDABLE:
I pilfer office supplies.
I give lots of unsolicited personal advice.
PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST:
You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.
REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS:
You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay
SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE:
You'll need it to replace three people who just left.
TAKE PRIDE IN MY WORK:
I blame others for my mistakes.
Salary TheoremDilbert's "Salary Theorem" states that "Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives and sales people." This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:
Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money.
As every engineer and scientist knows: Power = Work/Time.
If (Knowledge = Power) and (Time = Money) then Knowledge = Work/Money.
Solving for Money, we get: Money = Work/Knowledge. Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.
Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.
Branding HumorA New York family bought a ranch out West where they intended to raise cattle. Friends came to visit and asked if the ranch had a name.
"Well," said the would-be-cattleman. "I wanted to call it the Bar-J. My wife favored the Suzy-Q. One son liked the Flying-W, and the other son wanted the Lazy-Y. So, we're calling it the Bar-J-Suzy-Q-Flying-W-Lazy-Y."
"But where are all your cattle?"
"So far, none have survived the branding."
Regrettable Quotes: Part IEverything that can be invented has been invented.
, Office of Patents, 1899
There will never be a bigger plane built.
, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that carried ten people.
Ours has been the first, and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.
, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861
We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."
, 1962, after turning down the Beatles
With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the US market.
, August 2, 1968
Regrettable Quotes: Part IIThere is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
, president of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977
This telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.
, memo, 1876
No imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
in response to his urging investment in the radio in the 1920's
Who wants to hear actors talk?
, Warner Brothers, 1927
Regrettable Quotes: Part IIIMarket research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.
' idea of Mrs. Fields' Cookies
We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.
excuse to Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Computers instead.
I think there's a world market for about five computers.
, chairman of the board of IBM
While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.
Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.
, Lord Kelvin English scientist, 1899