Monday, August 19, 2013

Fortune Cookie Business Wisdom

Nearby is a local mom and pop Chinese restaurant that has consistently good food and very pleasant people who really try to make sure you are happy and enjoying your dining experience. As usual you end your meal with the check and a fortune cookie.

This time the fortune cookie read “If you want to succeed in business, avoid "business as usual.”

What a clean, short and to the point message.  To succeed in business you have to do a better job than the competition.  You can’t continue by doing business as usual.  This little pearl of wisdom lead me down the path to find some others that really apply to doing business, well!

If you like, you can bring up an image of me surrounded by a huge pile of fortune cookies, breaking them open and keeping the ones I liked. No, you guessed it, a few minutes on the Internet lead me to find this pile of gems.  I hope you enjoy.

“Be so good they can't ignore you”

“There is no elevator to success you have to take the stairs”

“Actually I can!”

“Remember to be nice (the world is a small town)”

"Sow a thought, and you reap an act. Sow an act, and you reap a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”

“Anyone can “start”, only the thoroughbred will “finish!”

“The shortest distance between two people is a smile.”

“Be patient: in time, even an egg will walk.”

Here is one claim of the origin of the fortune cookie. A Japanese immigrant, Makoto Hagiwara, invented the fortune cookie in San Francisco. Hagiwara, the designer of the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, was an avid gardener until an anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century. Later a new mayor did reinstate him. In 1914, to show his deep appreciation to friends who had stood by him during his time of hardship, Hagiwara made a cookie and placed a thank you note inside. After passing them out to those who had helped him, he began serving them regularly at the Japanese Tea Garden. In 1915, they were displayed at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, San Francisco's world fair.

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