Jimmy Can’t Find the File

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 159-June 8 “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”—Carl Sandburg Sometimes, something goes wrong with delegating. The person you hired to delegate to starts delegating to you instead. Let me tell you about Jimmy. Jimmy was a handsome, energetic, young man I hired as a full-charge bookkeeper at my business management company. He was terrific, with one exception: He could never remember where files were. He got into the habit of coming into my office and complaining he couldn’t find a … [Read more...]

Gulp and Go!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 294-October 21 “The man who leaves nothing to chance will do few things badly, but he will do very few things.”—George Savile Halifax I was a drama major about to graduate from college when a classmate called. An agent from Hollywood coming to see him in a play and he hoped I would sit next to the agent and say good things. I agreed; I was delighted to help my friend and got to meet an agent myself in the bargain. Frank Levy was a new agent at Creative Management Associates (now ICM), one of the top two agencies in the world. We hit it off right away, discussing plays, films, and performances—and my … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Know Everything

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 274-October 1   “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”—Unknown I used to think I had to know everything myself. What a mad scramble that was. When I was president of the Los Angeles Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), I had to get over that idea—fast. There was just too much to do, and a lot of it was beyond the scope of my capabilities. I quickly learned to delegate, and to compile a roster of great resources—people who were terrifically talented at their chosen professions. NAWBO had an advisory board of politicians, … [Read more...]

The Doctor’s Accounting

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 244-September 1 “Did you ever hear of a kid playing accountant—even if he wanted to be one?”—Jackie Mason The distinguished doctor I met at a party asked me what I did for a living. “I own a bookkeeping service,” I replied. He immediately started bragging how he saved $600 a month by firing his accountant and doing the bookkeeping himself. “Really?” I asked. “How long does it take you to do it?” “It takes me about six hours,” he replied. I asked, “And how many hours do you work as a doctor?” He replied, “Oh, I work a full office schedule—about 35 hours a week.” “I would imagine that you make … [Read more...]