An Exchange of ‘Beauty’ and ‘Money’

Diana htoo from Facebook posted this awesome message on my Funwall last week. I’m kinda like it. If you already know about this, you may skip it or read it again. (I told you this because I got some bad comments in this post.)

Okay. Let’s start reading.. I hope you like it too…

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Title: Young and pretty lady wishes to marry a rich guy. Fantastic reply from a financial person

A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:

Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

I’m going to be honest of what I’m going to say here. I’m 25 this year. I’m very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above. You might say that I’m greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York. My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married? I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you? Among those I’ve dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit. If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden (?), $250k annual income is not enough.

I’m here humbly to ask a few questions:

1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches is only average-looking? I’ve met a few girls who doesn’t have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys
4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pretty

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Here’s a reply from a Wall Street Financial guy:

Dear Ms. Pretty,

I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyze your situation as a professional investor. My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I’m not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain. Put the details aside, what you’re trying to do is an exchange of ‘beauty’ and ‘money’: Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square. However, there’s a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can’t be prettier year after year. Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It’s not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worried 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a ‘trading position’. If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term, same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or ‘leased’. Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income. This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps. If you are interested in ‘leasing’ services, do contact me.

signed, J.P. Morgan

90/10 Principle

What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.

What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down, the plane will be late arriving, etc. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How?

By your reaction. You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction. Don’t let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Here is example.

You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just what happened. What happens when the next will be determined by how you react. You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is ” D”.

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened. Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, “It’s ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time”. Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference?

Why? Because of how you REACTED.

If someone says something negative about you, don’t be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don’t have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day.

We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

It CAN change your life!!!

Related ~

FW: Slow Down Culture

Thanks to Rahul Singh for forwarding this mail.

An interesting reflection: Slow Down Culture

It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo, a state in Brazil.
2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.
3. Stockholm, has 500,000 people.
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think? Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”. French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans“.

.NET – A Love Story By J.Michael Palermo IV

Here is a nice story!!
http://weblogs.asp.net/palermo4/archive/2005/02/14/372170.aspx

I have a managed heap of memories regarding you – none of which are IDisposable. Therefore I am compiling my references, and persisting them to you in this file, which is ISerializable and will last for generations (at most 3).

I remember how I met you… heartbroken over java (how slow that old relationship was). When I first heard of you, I heard you were COOL. Then I found out how diverse you were in so many languages. You marshalled right over to my world. How easy it was for you to communicate over so many platforms! You understood my profile, and now I could see sharp-ly into your IIdentity.

You took me to your visual studio – it was RAD. So many views and hidden regions! You were so organized with your task list. I love how everything was color coded. It was in that environment when I broke down and stated: “You auto-complete me…”

We had our bugs to work out – we were not the exception. One time you thought we had a break-point. But we would continue to try. Nothing went unhanlded. We caught everything, and finally we come to this moment.

How do you do it? You stay true to so many standards, yet manifest so much. You have such class! There is no other type like you. As I reflect about you, I see that you have many methods – some very internal, some private, and some very protected. Some of your ways are too abstract to know. But what is public about you, anyone can see why you encapsulate so much inside. From what I derive, we can override anything (unless we sealed it).

Let’s not box ourselves into the typical cast. We should look to the future – is it generic? I don’t know – I may be partial. I will have to iterate over this until I yield.

How long will we survive?

while (this!=null)
{ continue; }

Update:

One year later…

Kenny

A city boy, Kenny, moved to the country and bought a donkey from
an old farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the
next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry son,
but I have some bad news, the donkey died last night.”

Kenny replied: “Well then, just give me my money back.
” The farmer said: “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.” Kenny
said:”OK then, just unload the donkey.” The farmer asked: “What ya
gonna do with him?”

Kenny: “I’m going to raffle him off.”
(Note: To raffle is to sell a thing by lottery – draw lot – to a group of people each paying
the same amount for a ticket)
Farmer: “You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!”

Kenny: “Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s
dead.
” A month later the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, “What
happened with that dead donkey?”
Kenny : “I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars
a piece and made a profit of $898.00.”

Farmer: “Didn’t anyone complain?”
Kenny: “Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his two dollars.”

Kenny grew up and eventually became the chairman of Enron.

That’s mother

When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.
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When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.
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When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with Love.
You thanked her by tossing the plate on the floor.
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When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.
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When you were 5, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest.
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When you were 6, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, IM NOT GOING!
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When you were 7, she bought you a x-udball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbors window.
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When you were 8, she handed you an ice-cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over her lap.
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When you were 9, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering it to practice.
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When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from soccer to Gymnastics to one birthday party to another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.
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When you were 11, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking her to sit in a different row.
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When you were 12, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.
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When you were 13, she suggested a haircut.
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.
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When you were 14, she paid a month away at the summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.
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When you were 15, she came from work, looking fora hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom doorlocked.
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When you were 16, she taught you how to drive a car.
You thanked her by taking every chance you could.
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When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all the night.
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When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.
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When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus carried your bags.
You thanked her by saying outside the dorm so you wouldnt be embarrassed in front of your friends.
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When you were 20, she asked you whether you are seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, Its none of yourbusiness.
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When you were 21, she suggested you certain careers.
You thanked her by saying, I dont want to be like you.
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When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.
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When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.
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When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling,Muuhh-ther, please!
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When you were 25, she helped you to pay for your wedding.
You thanked her by moving half way across the country.
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When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, Things are different now.
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When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative's birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were really busy right now.
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When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.
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And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did Came crashing down like thunder on YOUR HEART.

”IF SHE'S STILL AROUND, NEVER FORGET TO LOVE HER MORE THAN EVER.AND IF SHES NOT, REMEMBER HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND PASS IT ON ALWAYS REMEMBER TO LOVE YOUR MOTHER, BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE MOTHER IN YOUR LIFETIME”