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No. 3.

MARCH, 1906

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Be a thinker, a planner, a doer.

The good of life is his who can see it. Don't lose yourself in the jostling throng. Every success and failure in the world are A man entering business, like one entering col

shadows cast by some one person. lege, is subjected to the "hazing" process.

Accept every experience as a teacher, and

look for the lesson in it. There is a cheerful view of seemingly the most desperate situation-find it.

You can't afford to cling to eccentricities be

cause you consider your brain power above the There is no merit in idly reading or dreaming

average. away your time. Read to some purpose, and see

A man's so-called friends are more apt to that this purpose is realized.

“trim” him than anyone else. They are in a It is always high tide on some shore; if it is position to take advantage. low tide in the morning, it is bound to be high

Do not allow small disappointments to "put tide later on. Have patience to wait.

you out.” If you cannot do the thing planned, Change of climate, change of environment, accept the good in the thing not planned. change of friends—all have their influence on a

No experience is so terrible but thinking so life, but the really vital change must take place

makes it worse; none so delightful but reveling in within.

its delight enhances it. Humor treads closely on the heels of tragedy. The business "bumps" of a man's life can be When all that you prize is swept away from read only by the phrenologist, Time, who alone you-laugh, and start over again.

can tell whether or not he profited by each hard

knock. Beware of the man who prides himself on being able to "pick" men. He will resort to A man who said, “Women are all designing,” almost anything to prove the correct working but indicated the kind of associates he had out of his predictions.

chosen, and at the same time gave a key to his

own nature. Like seeks like. Boy's coasting do not mind the occasional tumble in the snow, the upsetting, and general mix

Some people live in today, some in tomorrow, up—the slide was worth it, and they know that and some in yesterday. The successful ones if they only have patience to pull up hill they only draw lessons from the past, use their enercan coast again just as gloriously.

gies for the present achievement, and build for

the future. A writer must be able to show the world that he is a clever writer. An artist must know how

The greatest tragedy in the world to-day is an to come before the ones upon whose appreciation

old man penniless. A man facing charity, his his success depends. And an inventor must be

money gone, his position gone, said bitterly: “In able to market his invention. Like apples left

my time I've paid a dollar apiece in the city

markets for strawberries for my wife, and in the orchard, it will fall back to earth, having thought nothing of it. I was never hard up for fulfilled no mission, unless properly marketed.

money in earlier days.” I understood then his Do not rely on merit, alone, to find you out. present position, and no longer wondered.


Do not be discouraged if there seems no prog- The world never before offered such opporress in your affairs. Things may be shaping tunities to the young man in business. Graft themselves in the apparently uneventful days, in and dishonesty uncovered in high places do not a way to change all your future. If you are argue the world all wrong, but all better. The doing your very best according to the light that dark methods long in existence are at last being you have, cultivate patience to await the results. found out and eradicated. It is hard in these

days for a manor firm—to be permanently dis

honest. Never tolerate the companionship of people

But because a long-hidden disease is who do not bring out your own best qualities,

discovered and named, shall the body be con

sidered more infirm than heretofore? Shall this or from whom you do not gain mental and spiritual uplift. This practice will limit the number

not rather infuse warranted hope that a cure will of your friends and may leave you at times

soon follow? lonely, but can you not always turn to inspiring books?

A man who was never seen without a quid of

tobacco in his cheek remarked to a group of You will never come up against a wall except

women, "Well, I'm too old-fashioned to think ing one of your own making. If you progress,

it's right for men to smoke in the presence of you will find yourself gazing upon ever wider

ladies" ; and with that he discharged a stream of and wider vistas. Life will constantly grow more

tobacco juice into the nearest receptacle. beautiful until Death draws down the last cur- The gallant old "chewer" represents the orditain, and with the same hand rolls up another nary situation very fairly. Each person may

have a strong perception of certain things that

are right, and others that are wrong, and at the A man said in my hearing the other day: “He

same time sin in some peculiar way of his own, queered himself with me by that one remark.”

unconscious that he is doing so. Your eyes must I wanted to suggest that the point for him to

be open not only outwardly but inwardly. watch was that he did not "queer" himself with others. It after all matters little, to us, how The real measure of your character is your other people comport themselves, but it matters resistance to those things which attract you pergreatly to us how we comport ourselves.

sonally, but the tendency of which is downward.

All men are not attracted similarly. It may A bright Irish lady had a way of saying, when

require no effort for a man to pass a saloon, but

considerable effort for him to pass a gaming a grotesquely-dressed or rude-mannered person crossed her path, "And, faith, has that poor thing

table. Another may be naturally slothful, it reno one that cares for it, no one to tell it any

quiring tremendous effort for him to be "up and better?” And truly this is a sensible view to take

doing," while still another is full of vital energy of the matter. We can't believe that people

and has trouble using sufficient deliberation to do would continue in their peculiarities or vulgari- thoroughly that which he has to do. Take no ties if they knew them to be such. We can only

credit to yourself for resisting that which is a suppose that one who does has no one to teil temptation to other men but not to you. him any better. Another point in this connection: Consider those who tell you of your faults Have you ever noticed that it is the small your best friends-never resent criticism.

things, the labor saving and safety devices from

which great legitimate fortunes most often I heard a saleswoman say to a shopper while spring? Notice on the cover the picture of Mr. showing her some shirtwaists, evidently of a

Best, the mining-system expert, and the little smaller number than the shopper wanted, “Buit lamp that made him famous. The history of this lot all runs large, madam," and again a little

his achievements, told in this issue of COMMONlater to the same shopper regarding skirts that

SENSE, should be an inspiration to men of an inwere evidently too large, “But these all run

ventive turn of mind. small, madam.” She sold the goods. Without An inventor is usually supposed to lack pracstopping to question the ethical side of the trans- tical business ability. When he combines both action-besides, she may have told the truth–I qualifications of success, he has little to fear. smiled to myself and thought, what a smooth The day has gone by when an inventor, a writer way of getting over many a small difficulty. -a "genius” in any line—can afford to be called

Our preconceived idea stands in the way and impractical, can afford to lack business training. blocks our progress. Just take it for granted, It is true here as in every other line of activity occasionally, that things are not as the rule of today, that a practical application of commonwould have them and slip past without any ado sense is necessary if one's abilities are to comabout it.

mand adequate returns.



THE SCRAP-BOOK MANIA THE MAN WHO GETS THE JOB I have known writers, both men and women, It is useless to attempt to veil a weakness; the who had the habit of clipping out their stories, only safe course is to eliminate it. articles, press notes, etc., and pasting them in a

A man's past is written in his face and attineat book, to keep and show to their friends. I tude. If he has been accustomed to conquering always think people who are busy with their past

difficulties, you see it there in lines between achievements will never progress very far in the

which is read a story of stony resistance. If he race for success. When a thing is done, have

has been accustomed to weakening under harddone with it and go on to the next achievement. If the world does not accord you admiration and

ship, that too is plainly written, and his words recognition, rest assured no scrap-book evidence

to the contrary will be about as effectual as his will add weight in the final verdict.

breath against the winter wind. Who could imagine Lincoln or Washington A man who does not understand this law of sitting down and showing his friends a scrap- nature makes the mistake of arguing that he book full of his utterances and press notes; or possesses qualities he knows he does not possess. Kipling, or Tolstoy, or Browning-or, in fact, He will declare that he has been successful when any man or woman who takes life seriously and unsuccess stands back of all he says, jeering at considers each accomplishment but the stepping him, and telling the listener a far different story stone to another and a greater one.

in language that rings too true against the holThere is no objection to the scrap-book idea

low mockery of his words for disbelief. As in itself, but to the order of mind a scrap-book

truly as dissipation is recognizable in the bloated slave represents. Such a one will never accom

face, the reddened eye, the trembling hand, and plish things great enough to live outside of a

the unsteady gait, so poor business judgment scrap-book.

and a lack of push, initiative, energy, and origi

nality are all recognizable to the reader of human REFINEMENT A MATTER OF nature, in signs equally glaring. Learn to "read


An unsuccessful man talks by the hour about Every once in a while we come across the his own abilities and the stupidity of the rest of strange anomaly of a man—or a woman—with the world; the successful man listens in silence seemingly perfect eyesight, good hearing, and

and gains correct estimate of his man. powers of observation equal to the normal human A shrewd employer does not need to be told being, who has slipped through life thus far total- that the first young man applying for a position ly regardless of the finer niceties of civilized liv- is tricky and cunning; the upward or downward ino. We see men who are conversant with good glance of the eye to avoid meeting the eyes of literature and who give evidences of other mental another, squarely, tells him that. He does not improvements over the ordinary laboring classes,

need to be told that the next one is careless ; who at the same time have such disgusting per

the soiled cuffs, ragged nails, dusty clothing and sonal habits as to nauseate people of refinement. slouchy walk tell the story. He does not need They will eat with their knives, shake hands with to be told that a third is lazy, mentally ; his heavy their gloves on, loudly resort to the use of their eye and sluggish gait proclaim it. A fourth carhandkerchief at the table, or in the

presence of

ries himself with an air of assumed assurance, others, pick their teeth and chew the end of the and the employer knows at once the man conpick for the next hour, etc. Men with such dis- siders it necessary to assume that which he does gusting habits lack innate refinement. They do

not feel.

A fifth is anxious at once about the not number in the majority; they have plenty of question of salary and the hours required; "the opportunity to watch other men of different man- employer knows this will be a clock and pay-day ners, and thus there is no excuse for them. They

watcher. But here comes a quiet, neat, dignified, deserve the kind of failure they invariably meet- manly, unassuming young gentleman, who looks failure to gain the friendship of the very people the employer straight in the eye, who assumes whose companionship their intellectual attain- nothing and promises nothing, who is ready to ments make them crave.

answer questions, but who asks little besides, It's a matter of actual dollars and cents to “Is there a future in your business for me?" cultivate refined habits, to say nothing of their He is employed. possession being a passport to good society. An employer who is not a judge of men, who Consider no small thing unimportant.

takes the applicant offering himself at the cheap

est price, loses a hundred times more through Every person is continually building the lad- inefficient help than he gains by the few dollars der by which he rises, or weaving the rope by difference in salary. The men who have built which he is being let down.

uip the greatest businesses, the captains of in

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