When You Make a Deal, Be Clear About the Intent

Whenever you make an important deal — whether the deal comes with a written contract or is simply a verbal agreement — quickly follow up with a short memo in which you identify what you think is the “spirit” of the deal, the big picture. Doing so routinely will save you a great deal of trouble and heartache in your business career. You’ll avoid all sorts of arguments, prevent a great deal of embarrassment, and save yourself a lot of money.

A Website That Helps You Pick the Best Seat for the Money in Any Pro-Sports Stadium

Before you buy expensive tickets for a pro football, basketball, baseball, or hockey game, check out www.seatdata.com — not only for stadium seating charts but also to find out exactly what you’ll be able to see during the game from any seat in the house.

Stop Worrying and Start Living Dale Carnegie’s brilliant principles for overcoming worry:

1. Remind yourself of the exorbitant costs you can pay for worry in terms of your health.

2. Live in “day-tight compartments.”

3. Face trouble by (a) asking yourself “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”, (b) preparing to accept the worst, and (c) trying to improve on the worst.

(Source: Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671733354/earlytorise-20/)

[Ed. Note.  Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]