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Leave Your Wallet (or Pocketbook) at Home

Published on 5/9/2012
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89. Leave Your Wallet (or Pocketbook) at Home. I recently forgot to take my wallet with me on a grocery trip. It was only after I got to the grocery store—22 miles from home—that I discovered my mistake. Luckily, I had a secret cash stash in the glove compartment, just for this sort of eventuality. Boy, did I ever decimate that (not-so-small) stash in my 5 or 6 stops around town! So what? I, undoubtedly like you, typically pay for stuff with plastic or keystrokes. There is many an "ouch" in the process. But the credit-card "ouch" is a far cry from peeling off $138 at the grocery store, $47 to fill a ... Subaru, $78 at one of my "ordinary" stops at the bookstore, and more, more, more at a couple of other shops—e.g., $68 for fresh fish for four. One's sense of the true cost of living goes up by an order of magnitude. The bigger point is obvious, if elusive—more than ever, companies of all sizes have to bring reality home in some high-impact way. Not that "work as a clerk for a day" silliness—which is mostly a charade, albeit a well-meaning one—but something more realistic. Pay for your groceries with cash next time. Your car repair, too. The office supply bill? Ditto. By hook or by crook ... drag realism in the office door. This is a subsection of document #27 in a series of 48 highlights from Tom Peters' The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence (HarperStudio, 2010). For more information, visit
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