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1n the Morning of Life
William J. Lampton.
The world is full of the possible,
The world is full of the possible, But you've got to fight to win it.
You have to Work "Remember, my son, you have to work," says Bob Burdette. "Whether you handle pick or wheelbarrow or a set of books, digging ditches or editing a newspaper, ringing an auc. tion bell or writing funny tisings, you must work. Don't be afraid of killing yourself by overworking on the sunny side of thirty. Men die sometimes, but it is because they quit at 9 p. m. but don't go home until 2 a. m. It's the intervals that kill, my son. The work gives you appetite for your meals; it lends solidity to your slumber; it gives you a perfect apprecia. tion of a holiday. There are young men who do not work, but the country is not proud of them. It does not even know their names, it only speaks of them as old So and So's boys. Nobody likes them, the great busy world doesn't know they are here. So find out what you want to be and do. Take off your coat and make dust in the world. The busier you are the less harm you are apt to get into the sweeter will be your sleep, the brighter your holidays, and the better satisfied the whole world will be with you.”—Exchange.
Stand fast on the faith in your own true self, All effort is yours to choose it;
The world is full of the possible, For you to gain or lose it.
Oh, youth of the rising dawn of work, The evening will be what you make it;
The world is full of the possible, And it's up to you" to take it.
"In order to do great things, one must be enthusiastic."
GRASPING AT TOO MANY THINGS
One of the most frequent causes of failure in books and periodicals, and they are so cheap life is excessive ambition,--that greediness to-day that thousands of persons, by trying to which leads a man to grasp at too many of its cope with too many branches of knowledge, prizes. There are some things the acquisition master noile. They do not seem to recognize of which is incompatible with that of others, that, as the famous physician, Dr. John Aberand the sooner that truth is acted upon the bet- nethy, said of himself, “there may be a point of ter for an aspirant. Much material good must starvation in the mind, where, if one takes into be resigned, if one would attain to the highest it more than it can hold, the only effect will be degree of moral excellence, and many spiritual to push something else out." It was finely said joys must be foregone, if he would win great of the literary universalist, Edouard Fournier: material advantages. To strive for a high pro- “Cet homme-la sait tout; il ne sait que cela; mais fessional position, and yet expect to enjoy all ille sait bien ;* yet how many persons, today, are the delights of social intercourse or of leisure; familiar with his writings? to toil after great riches, and yet to ask for Authors, as well as readers, often make the freedom from anxiety and care; to live luxu- mistake of attempting too much. “There are riously, and yet to demand health and writers,” says Macaulay, in one of his letters, strength; to live for self exclusively, and yet to "who can carry on twenty books at a time. expect the love and esteem of one's fellow be- Southey would write the History of Brazil'
‘ ings, or the delights of generosity and self- before breakfast, an ode after breakfast, then sacrifice to do these things is to seek for con- the 'History of the Peninsular War' till dinner, tradictory and mutually destructive advan- and an article for the Quarterly Review in the tages; in short, for impossibilities. The world evening; but I am of a different temper. I is a market, where everything is marked at an never write to please myself until my subject invariable price. Choose whatever good you has driven every other out of my head." What deem most desirable-wealth, knowledge, fame, is the result? Macaulay's works still delight, ease, or the promotion of other men's happi- and will long continue to delight, thousands ; ness; but, having made a choice, stand by it, but who now reads the ambitious histories and and make the most of it-extract from it all ponderous epics of the many-tomed historian, the satisfaction you can—and not, like a pet- biographer, essayist, reviewer, and poet of Kestish child, fret and complain because, when wick? you have purchased one thing, you do not pos- Sir Joshua Reynolds used to say that a sess something entirely different from it, which painter should sew up his mouth. Why? Be
. can not coexist with it.
cause he must not try to shine as a talker, if It has been justly said that a great deal of a he would excel in his art. man's wisdom is shown to-day in leaving Guard, therefore, young man, against cultithings unknown, and a great deal of his prac- vating too many talents; only one can you tical sense in leaving things undone. The hori- hope to bring to perfection. Be "a whole man" zon of knowledge has so widened, and such at one thing, and not split into two or three vast territories, unknown before, have been middling ones.
Thuis, and thus only, may you discovered in the domain of mind, that the at- hope to succeed in an age of merciless comtempt at universality has become futile. A man petition, when success taxes all one's powers. must dare to be ignorant of many things, to -Success. avoid the disgrace of not really knowing any
***That man knows everything: true, he thing The press is deluging the world with knows only that, but he knows it well."
It is said that in London the stores have a rule that if a clerk has a prospective customer and fails to sell him any goods, he—the clerk-must pay a fine. The result of this is that the individual who enters a London store finds that the clerks are the most persistent as well as the most polite that he has ever run up against.–Ver
Many seek experience for the mere novelty of the thing; this is a great mistake; always when passing through experience get the best, the richest and the most wholesome there is in it. The proper kind of experience is as necessary to success as food is necessary to sustain the
THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING HOW TO DO
ONE THING WELL
By JAMES J. SANDERSON In this age of specializing it is of the great- each place he applies the question is put "what est importance to know how to do one thing is your specialty?” “What can you do?” The well. When a man or a woman goes into a man is helpless, being absolutely ignorant of business house in search of a position the per- money bringing knowledge. As he ambles out son in charge invariably will ask the applicant of the various offices, crestfallen and discourwhat he can do. "What can you do?" is the aged, he passes the man who knows" hanging prevailing question to-day in the business
lip his hat. world. Like the Missourian "you've got to If you would have some reserve force, some show the goods.” If you have not been trained tangible thing to fall back upon in times of along one particular line, trained to know one stress, some money-gathering ability to prop thing from A to Izzard you travel under a big you up on your weakened legs, become a spehandicap. In all likelihood the position is giv- cialist. Give your leisure hours to the study en the other man.
of some special branch of learning. It will not In all walks of life it is the trained man oi only safeguard your present position, but be a woman, whose knowledge of business tactics stepping stone to higher and better things in and commercial acumen compels, at regular in- life. tervals, an increase in salary, while the drudge There is no surer way to knowledge than by or laggard sits upon the same high stool, draw- a course in one of the many correspondence ing the same pay, year in and year out, until schools. Such institutions are making young forced to make way for incoming young blood men and women self-reliant, important, inde
There is no more pitiable sight than the un. pendent. Also, they are raising the standard trained worker thrown upon his own resources of workmanship to a height never before atfor sustenance. For instance, I might cite the tained. Such training should be a boon to any case of a man, who by reason of years of em- intelligent man or woman. ployment in one place reached the wage of The young man, who, in preference to spend$18.00 a week. This man was no specialist, ing his evenings on the street corner, in the but a jack of all trades. He was entirely de- skating rink, or running about with questionvoid of individual effort, depending upon those able companions, devotes his leisure hours to about him to pull him out of tight corners. some branch of study that particularly appeals
When the depression in business settled its to him is building a foundation and shaping unwelcome mantle upon the works where this his character in such a way that it must reman drew his pay envelope many of his co- dound to his credit sooner or later. His talent workers got the blue slip. The man of whom is bound to assert itself and stamp his individI speak, however, was retained three days a uality upon the world's business chart. week because of a sick wife and two small chil- Therefore, do not be content with mediocdren. This action cut his pav in half. The rity; awake to the realization of your usefulfirm kept him on until there were absolutely ness; let the world know you know something; no new orders coming in, when he was com- be somebody. pelled to follow in the tracks of the other em- Learn how to do one thing well, and you are ployees. Now this man is out of employment treading the right road to success and happiand walking shoes thin searching for work. At
"Never forget what a man says to you when
he is angry."
-Henry Ward Beecher.
HIS CHOICE. "Now, Patsy, if it should come to a real issue which would you rather lose your money or your life?"
"Me loife, begorra. Oi'm savin' me money for me ould age."
Have you ever wondered why the top edge of your books are sometimes gilded and the other edges left plain? The explanation of this is very simple. When a volume is placed on the shelf of a bookcase the top is obviously nuore exposed to the dust than the others. The object of the gildling therefore is to save the pages from being soiled, for were it not present the dust would cling to this top edge and the appearance of the book would to a great extent be spoiledi.
WOULD I CHANGE MY WORK?
By Edwin Markham, in Success Magazine The thought comes
sometimes- not the perfect joy. My vision lacked somewould I change my life-work, my choice of thing-variety. letters as a vocation, if I had my life to live It is the monotony of our lives that hardens again. Certainly I would not, for
the and deadens the tissues of mind and body. literary life seems to afford a spacious and Honotony is a short-cut to the grave. Every exhilarating field for the work of a man who man needs the creative in his life no more wishes to think and grow. Moreover, litera- than he needs the re-creative. . The maker ture to me has been, not a preference, but a needs to be re-made. passion.
So, if I were shaping my life anew, I should That I have been able to follow the choice add to my chesen vocation a colateral emof my heart places me among the fortunate ployment as a recreation ; for it is not idleness few, for how many are forced, by the tyranny alone that tests one: it is change of attitude of circumstance, into lines distasteful to their as well-change in the direction of one's sentiments! And, no doubt, this misfit of en- forces. vironment and this misdirection of energy are
Such a collateral employment for my spare the causes of much of the dilatory and imper- hours woul:1 help to keep me out of ruts-help fect work of the world. It seems an unfailing to square my thought with the multiforni truth that the best work, like nest-building world about me. I happen to know a learned and honey-making, must be done in joy. jurist who adds a delicate joy to his life in the Everyone should be as free, at least, as the practice of music and modeling. He is more artist to select his career and to work out of a man for keeping these skylights open to his ideals.
the upper air. I began life as a shepherd boy, and even in Such side lines need not obstruct the major those carly years I felt the lure of poesy. pursuit of life. This is an important fact, for Many a time I ,stretched out on a rock, my the gravitation of events is forcing us all to be sheep scattered about me on the hillside, and specialists. The day has gone-or the man spent hours poring over Byron's "Cain" and has gone- when a Leonardo or an Angelo “Childe Harold," dreaming delicious dreams could be equally apt in several arts. of a rosy future when I should have nothing In an ideal order, I fancy that each man to do but to read books and to write them. would pursue both an art and a craft—one to
Since that hour of boyish vision I have “exceed his reach” and lure him on; the other been a man-of-all-work,- a
to wreak his strength upon, sure of mastery. farmer, editor and teacher. But never once With these two outlets—one for his imaginadid I forget my boyish hope or waver from tion and one for his physical force-a man it-never once did my purpose flag or my in- ought to be on the high road to happiness. terest falter. Into all these paths of life I These counter occupations would afford the went with my whole heart; and each task was rational rest for his faculties. good for me, for it broadened the horizon of Voreover, this balance ought to help tranexperience-made me know life.
quilize a man's conscience; for, in the large I would recommend to every young man to view, each man should do a part of what set his heart upon some wise, central purpose. Tolstoi calls “bread-labor," and thus help to and to cleave to it to the end. Yet, if he is equalize the immense burden of tlie world's forced into uncongenial work, let him not sulk physical toii, now resting wholly upon the and sorrow, but be up and at it with consci- over-worked millions. Only in some such ence-care, knowing that the first duty of a way, perhaps, can the doors of opportunity man is to be manly, and knowing, also, that ever be opened for all men and women to come day he may need the enrichment and en
into close contact with the refining largement of this very experience to fit him power of the artistic life. for the work of his heart's desire.
This idea of distributing bread-labor and Ny boyish dream, as I said, was for an honoring it with actual practice was present Arabian palace of the good Haroun al Ras- in the life oi medieval Florence, in that golden chid, where I should have nothing to do but hour when one, to be a nobleman, had first to read books and to write them.
to learn some trade-when poet Dante belater, graybeard wisdom tells me that I saw came an apothecary's apprentice. It was this
idea, doubtless, that inspired Peter the Great takes the trouble to change his circumstances to be a shipbuilder, and that today ordains often enough will soon be able to regard them that each prince of the blood in England shall as mere physical impedimenta, and allow his learn some trade. Pursuant to this idea King spirit to grow and to work unhindered, ay,
ward VII. is a competent and finished and unhelped, by them. shoemaker.
“Sheer physical inertia urges a man to make No; I should not wish to alter my choice. a given place in the world, to establish a cerI wish only that I had been able to add to my tain set of circumstances, and then to live in life the art of music in some of its forms, to- them; but the spirit of man is a living growth gether with a more persistent practice of some and refuses to become stationary, and unless out-of-door 'abor, side by side with my liter- it occasionally knocks down the barriers and ary endeavor.
jounts out into the open it will work in the other direction, and begin to shirk, and to
let the barriers close in upon it, and, by close Because the average man doesn't carry the
sheltering, enfeeble it. And so, in order to cares and worries of a business on his shoul
gain a wide swath and an alert sense of what ders, he believes that successful men
life is, it is an excellent thing for the millionlucky. Nothing is further from the fact--suc.
aire to become the beggar occasionally, and cessful business men know that the element of chance never enters into the making of
for the pauper to dine with the millionaire; their fortunes.
for the secular man to make a religious pilThe man who believes he can run a business grimage, and the hermit to apply his ideas successfully with "luck" as the principal as- to the world's affairs; for the housed and set will soon find himself stranded
sheltered to sleep alone on the mountain tops, shoals of advertising. It requires brain power, and the woodsman to tread the city streets. and this is why some men are successful and
The resulting disorder would not be half so others failures. If you are not a business man
chaotic as, for an instant, we may fancy. That don't deceive yourself by hovering the idea
man gains in knowledge and power who can that your brain power is as strong as the man who has "looked a pay-roll in the face every
both feast and starve, as the moment prompts; week for ten years.”
and that soul gains in universality that can Brain power is to business what electricity put itself in the place of the simpleton and is to the motor-without electricity the motor the philosopher, the thief and the saint.” is valueless, and business without brain is--well, no busines at all.
TAO Chance for Loafers If you think this man or that man lucky, get
It is a part of a clerk's business responsibilinto the game and try your own luck—see how soon the element of chance will make
ity to take proper care of his health and morals
outside of the business office. The reputation your fortune.
If the word “lucky" was eliminated from of any clerk is an important thing to his house. the English language, and if people would I have heard of one employer who makes it a rely more upon common sense, this world rule to have any man shadowed for a week would have fewer failures.
before he employs him, in order to learn what
his personal habits are. A young man once Circumstances
applied to this employer for a position, and
was rejected. He was of a good appearance Harper's speaks of these intangibles as fol
and pleasing address, well qualified, apparlows:
ently, to hold the position for which he had “There are a great many trite mottoes and şayings about circumstance, and we thought- applied. When he desired to know why his
, lessly endow them with more vitality and appication had been refused, the emplover
said to him, “I pass by such and such a corner reality than they have. It is not really true that circumstances alter cases; it is the spirit
every noon when returning from my lunch. I that alters cases. Nor is it altogether true
invariably see you standing on that corner, that man makes his circumstances or that his
loafing, and I am certain that any young man circumstances make him. Circumstances are,
who has not a better place in which to spend when all is said and done, no more than the his spare time will make a poor helper for me, things that stand about a man; and whoever in the long run."