Day Brighteners

Smart Engineers

Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accounts each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only one ticket. “How are three people going to travel on one ticket?” asked the accountant. “Watch and see”, answered an engineer.

They all boarded the train. The accounts took their respective seats, but the three engineers all crammed into a restroom and closed the door behind them. Shortly the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said “Ticket please”.

The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The conductor took it and moved on.

The accountant saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So, after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers and the return trip and save money (being clever with money, and all that). When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn’t buy a ticket at all.

“How are you going to ride without a ticket”? said one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and see”, answered an engineer.

When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into the restroom and the three engineers crammed into another one nearby. The train departed. Shortly thereafter, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where they accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, “Ticket, please.”

What’s up Doc!

A mechanic was removing cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and look at this bike.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey, Doc, can I ask a question?”

The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “So, Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take valves out, fix ‘em, put ’em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic ... “Try doing it with the engine running.”


“Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term. It’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long lasting sense of fulfillment.”

“In the final analysis, the only real cure for fear or worry is disciplined, purposeful action in the direction of your goals. So get busy working on your goals.”

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone else’s. And guess what they might have planned for you. Not much.”