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Michael Scott’s Explain It To Me Quote

Oscar: Here are our final actual costs for this year.
Michael: Okay.
Oscar: As you can see, we did pretty well.
Michael: Yes. Yes, I can see.. that we did indeed. Why don’t you explain this to me like I am an eight year old.
Oscar: All right, well this is the overall budget for this fiscal year along the X-axis right there. You can see clearly on this page that we have a surplus, $4300.
Michael: Mhmm, okay.
Oscar: And we have to spend that by the end of the day or it will be deducted from next years budget.
Michael: Why don’t you explain this to me like I am five.
Oscar: Your Mommy and Daddy gave you $10 to open up a lemonade stand. So you go out and you buy cups and you buy lemons and you buy sugar. And now you find out that it only cost you $9.
Michael: Ohhh!
Oscar: So you have an extra dollar. So you can give that dollar back to Mommy and Daddy but guess what, next summer–
Michael: I’ll be six.
Oscar: And you ask them for money, they are gonna give you $9. Cause that’s what they think it takes to run the stand.

The Office Season 5 Episode 10: “The Surplus”

Would you have bought the chair, or the copier?
It’s hard to understand how Michael managed to run the office at times. He struggled with the simplest of things like a budget surplus!

But every time we question his greatness, it’s important to remember some of his life lessons – There’s more to good business than simple number-crunching. There are things we can’t learn from fancy business schools! What good are computers but for creating funny emails. Real business doesn’t come from books but from life lessons and experience.

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