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The Complete Idiot’s Guide™ to Writing Well by Laurie E. Rozakis

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Part 6. Picture Perfect

An engineer had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later his company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multi-million-dollar machines.

The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge ma-chine. At the end of the day he marked a small x in chalk on a particular component of the machine and said,“This is where your problem is.”The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded ...

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