Hard Times, Sleep, and Grumbling
Hard times follow good times with unerring regularity and certainty; this is in perfect accordance with the rule of compensation. In good times we should prepare ourselves and erect strong guards around our business, so that when hard times come we may find ourselves able to go through the troublous times.
If prosperity ran on unchecked, the ordinary, well-established business would soon be a thing of the past, for people would speculate instead of work. When the manufacturer has her bills paid and finds a surplus in the bank, that surplus is likely to be turned into speculation.
When everyone speculates values rise, and continue to rise until prices reach fictitious altitudes, and then comes about the cashing in. It so happens that the cashing in is a general movement, and when this happens hard times quickly follow.
The successful business woman should keep her money where it is get-at-able, and when hard times come and the prices go away down to low water mark, then she should buy. Later on prosperity will return as sure as the sun will rise, and the things bought during the hard times will greatly increase in value. Hard times and prosperity rotate several times in a woman's business career.
Hard times are necessary to the general scheme, for with continuous prosperity business would increase to such a momentum that there is no telling what the results would be. In times of prosperity you must make preparations for the hard times that are sure to come. It your pumps are greater than your leaks, your craft won't sink when the storm of adversity and hard times breaks across your ship.
No one can do her best work if her mind is wool gathering. If an employe is thinking about the races, she is cheating her boss, for she cannot give her best service. If the employe is in the habit of being up late nights, she cannot concentrate her mind nor bring out the best there is in her. Nothing is so good for the hard worker, nothing will stand her in such good stead, as plenty of sleep.
Go to bed early. Get lots of sleep every night and you will be ready and strong for the fray of the morrow. If you get plenty of sleep you are far ahead of your fellow employe who does not get enough sleep.
Sleep smooths out the wrinkles, builds up a storage battery in you and gives you confidence in yourself. You hold your head higher, your step is more elastic, your eyes are clearer, your mind works better, and your stomach does its full duty if you have taken plenty of time for sleep, for sleep is the plan of nature to restore the mind and the body.
Lack of sleep means wilful waste of your energies and a dulling of your abilities. Business women pay for ability, keenness, alertness and capacity, and in proportion as you limit these qualifications by lack of sleep, so in proportion will your salary be kept down.
Grumbling kills friends. The business woman who is ever grumbling and growling about things makes a blue atmosphere about her. People somehow or other seem to prefer a rosy atmosphere to a blue There is no good in grumbling. It gains nothing. Grumbling is an evidence that you have not sized things up correctly.
That you are labouring under a delusion; that you are looking at the world through blue glasses, that you are not making proper estimates of other people.
Grumbling is an advertisement to the world that you are not well balanced. Grumbling won’t help things a bit. The more you indulge in the habit the more firmly it becomes fixed upon you, and later you will find it almost impossible to shake it off. The grumbler grows to be a pessimist; she says disagreeable things; she makes her friends feel ill at ease.
The grumbler gradually loses her acquaintances and even her close friends. If you are starting on the grumbling path, pull yourself together and cut the habit quick and short. Grumbling and indigestion go hand in hand. If you have indigestion, square yourself against it, make up your mind you will not indulge yourself and vent your ill feelings in grumbling.
If you can start out each day with a resolve not to grumble you will find the proposition not difficult. The first two or three hours of the day is the time when your resistance is called into play. There is no better antidote or cure for the poisonous grumbling disposition than the following, which has been for many years a pet sermonette of the writer: Be pleasant in the morning until ten o’clock, the rest of the day will take care of itself.
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