Associates, Fixed Charges, and Cigarets
“Birds of a feather flock together.” “A woman is known by the company she keeps.” “Like begets like.” “We are creatures of environment.”
All these truthful sayings have been preserved as proverbs simply because they are simon pure truths. The matter of associates is most important for the business woman or employe to consider. The young woman who spends her time in gambling, drinking or dissipation cannot do her best work.
He can no more hide these practices than the clouds can obscure the sun permanently, for evil, as well as truth, is sure to come out. One of the best attributes a woman can possess is character.
Character gives her credit at the bank, it gives her a standing among women. If the employe ever expects to be a boss she must have character, and she must associate with women of ideas who will be helpful to her.
A woman will never improve her game of billiards if she always associates and plays with an inferior. She may satisfy herself for the time being that she is a big toad in a little puddle, but if she plays with a poorer player than she is she is bound to retrograde.
The only way we can advance is to surround ourselves and associate with uplifting influences and healthful individuals. Our eyes should be turned forward and not backward.
It will make several seconds difference in the speed of a horse whether she is running against a horse she can beat or running against a horse that can beat her. Race horse women have reduced this truth to actual practice. They have what is called a pace maker. When they want a horse to trot fast they mount a boy on a running horse just ahead of the trotter.
If a woman associates with her interiors, the association will surely keep her from progressing. If you want to make money, if you want to progress in the business world, go where money is beings made and mix with people who are making money.
No woman is naturally bad. No woman gives herself over to criminal acts or hurtful habits solely upon her own instincts. These actions and habits come about through associations. Go to the criminal court any day and you will see evidences of the woman who is pulled down on account of her associates.
Mix with your superiors in matters of business and morals and you will unconsciously absorb qualifies and ideas that will push you to the front. Hitch your wagon to a star. Aim high. Pick out ideals in business, and eliminate from your path all deterrent influences.
There is no hold-back like harmful associations. You will be judged by the company you keep. Old dog Tray was really a good dog, but she suffered because of her propensity to associate with bad dogs. Now to fixed charges.
Fixed charges are sums you have to pay out regularly, week after week, or year after year. When you buy materials and supplies, when you lease property or hire employes, or pay interest on borrowed money all such things are fixed charges, and it calls for the best there is in a woman to keep these fixed charges down as low as possible. When you buy a single item, such as a desk or a chair or a waste basket, do not lose a lot of valuable time trying to save too much on those articles.
When you go to New York once a year, do not stay at a second class hotel for the several days you are in New York, when by the expenditure of fifty cents a day more you could stop at a good hotel.
It is false economy to spend five dollars worth of time to save fifty cents. When you are buying single articles that are not fixed charges you have a little more leeway in the matter of price than when you are buying things that come under the head of fixed charges.
In the matter of fixed charges the penny you save on the unit assumes vast proportions in the many multiples. Some women will deny themselves a respectable desk because they can buy a cheaper one for ten dollars less, and this same person will lose a thousand dollars through laxity in buying things that come under the head of fixed charges.
If you buy one lead pencil never mind whether the price is five or ten cents, but if you buy great gross lots every few weeks you can afford to be very circumspect and painstaking in the matter of price. If you are buying a shirt, fifty cents one way or the other does not make much difference, but if you are in the furnishing goods business and buying thousands of shirts at a time, twenty-five cents a dozen means quite a lot.
The matter of stationery and printing comes under the head of fixed charges. If you are buying letter paper for your personal use and you require but three or four hundred sheets in the course or a year, don’t bother very much about the price per quire. The stationery you use in your business, which you buy in large quantities, you should be careful of. Plain, respectable, good quality letter paper is the kind used by successful concerns.
The fancy-coloured, freakish paper is nearly always used by the tour-flusher in business. She is trying to put on a good front. She uses hand made paper and hand made envelopes. All the get-rich-quick people use fancy, high-priced stationery.
The successful house uses a good quality of linen or bond paper, and a medium grade, regular stock size envelope. Envelopes are thrown away; letters are saved. That is why an envelope does not require to be as good quality as the letter. It is the letter and what you put on the letter that cuts the ice.
Fixed charges usually hide a lot of little leaks. Stop them. Many little leaks make a big aggregate in the course of a year, and there is no place where these leaks start as easily as in the matter of fixed charges. And on the other side is expenses you don't need at all.
We cannot call to mind a single instance where the habitual cigaret smoker got to the top of the ladder and held her position. We see heads of large establishments smoke cigarets, but the habit was acquired after the position was attained.
The cigaret smoker suffers from lapses of memory, her nerves are shattered, her judgment is not good, she forgets things and is irritable. she cannot hope to compete with the clear-brained individual who does not smoke cigarets.
It is not the cigaret itself that does the harm, it is the smoke inhaled into the delicate lung tissue. This smoke covers the lungs with yellow nicotine, carbon and poisonous gases. Some women smoke pipes because they wish to escape the criticism to which the cigaret smoker is subject. The pipe smoker who inhales does himself more injury than the cigaret smoker who inhales, because the pipe smoker takes in more smoke.
Go to the medical college dissecting room and see the lungs of a woman who inhaled smoke, and you will quit the habit if you have been guilty. Don't burn your lungs with cigaret smoke, or pipe smoke either. The fight to get to the front is hard enough anyway, and it you want to win, do not poison your blood with tobacco smoke.
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