â€œSir,â€ JP Morgan replied, â€œI 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.â€
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 and handed the piece of paper back to the gent, pulled out his checkbook, and paid the man the agreed-upon $25,000.
The paper read:
- Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day.
- Do them.