Tanstaafl by Renee Fisher

Tanstaafl
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway — buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free!

— Isaiah 55:1 (MSG)

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (or TANSTAAFL) originated from Robert A. Heinlein’s book The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, which now appears in most economics textbooks. Remember opportunity cost? You can’t get “something for nothing.”32

In my job I’m always asking speakers and comedians for favors so I can book more events for them. Sometimes it’s coming up with a better Marketing plan or sending a personal e-mail before an event is booked. The more I know my performers, the easier it is for me to sell them. The general manager of events tells me to “sell, sell, sell” all the time. How many events do I have pending? How many are going to be faxed back this week? The neverending cycle of “I’m only as good as my last month” can overwhelm me. Sales a ...


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