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Sample Laws, Rules, and Principles
The Law of Strawberry Jam: As long as it has lumps, you can never spread it too thin.
The Mercenary Maxim: One of the best ways to lose lots of money is to do something only for the money.
Polanski's Personal Pointer: Whenever you believe that a subject has nothing for you, it probably has something for you.
The Golden Lock: I'd like to learn something new, but what I already know pays too well.
Dani's Decider: When you stop learning new things, it's time to move on.
The Dismal Theorem of Middlemen: Negotiating the heck out of a deal with middlemen is unlikely to improve your situation, because they're professionals and you're an amateur.
The Happy Theorem: Regardless of the agency's cut, if you're unhappy, they're impoverished.
The Ultimately Dismal Theorem: If you don't know what you want, you're not very likely to get it.
LeGuin's Law: When action grows unprofitable, gather information. When information grows unprofitable, sleep.
The Detective's First Rule: When you're looking for problems, don't be mesmerized by the first one you find.
The Nedlog Rule: As they do unto others, they will eventually do unto you.
The Goody Goody Guide: If you must have everyone like you, get out of the consulting business.
Monica's Marvelous Mirror: Negotiating a contract is a marvelous opportunity for both parties to take a good look at themselves.
Kenny's Law of Auto Repair: The part requiring the most consistent repair or replacement will be housed in the most inaccessible location.
The Heart Test: If you don't care about them or their problems, don't consult for them.
The Life Law: Better to live succeeding than to die trying.
The Informed Heart Test: If someone requires you to die trying to help them, you don't want to help them.