A man approached JP Morgan, held up an envelope, and said,
“Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.” “Sir,” JP Morgan replied, “I do not know what is in the envelope, however if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.”
The man agreed to the terms, and handed over the envelope. JP Morgan opened it, and extracted a single sheet of paper.
He gave it one look, a mere glance, then handed the piece of paper back
to the gent. And paid him the agreed-upon $25,000.
The paper contained the following:
1. Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day.
2. Do them.
*Not sure if the story is apocryphal, but it has a nice ring to it...