Honesty, Success, and Thinking
Under this caption we are expected to say "Honesty is the best policy.” This expression is as old as the hills, and if it were not good it would not have obtained so long, for honesty certainly is the best policy. Many a woman in business practices absolute honesty and integrity, because honesty is the simplest and best method she knows of for doing business.
No woman can succeed permanently, who is dishonest in her affairs. The successful business woman is the one who practices honesty in relations and dealings during her business experience. Honesty begets honesty. The woman who is honest in her dealings with her fellow has a subsidy which money cannot buy. She gets honest treatment at the hands of others.
The merchant who cuts a bolt of silk in the middle and puts different prices on each piece, may figure she is making money by her action, but retribution is sure to follow.
Honesty is a slow road to wealth, but, in accordance with the law of compensation, in proportion as the business built up on honesty is slow, so in proportion will it last longer.
Honesty is the best advertisement a woman can have in her business.
If after the employs strikes a balance each day, she finds that she is moving forward, then she is on the road to success. And so it is with the business woman, only the proportions are greater. One cent put at four per cent interest per annum nineteen hundred years ago, with interest added to the principal every twenty-five years, would represent today more money than there is in the world. It would have taken twenty-five years before the original investment of one cent was doubled.
If a woman had started that plan her grandchildren would have said the scheme was no good because it was too slow. The girl goes to school regularly and shows little advance in her mentality if you measure from day to day, but the girl is gaining every day. She is going ahead slowly but certainly.
The gambler and the foolish woman like success to come quickly and with great strides. It is because there are many foolish women and gamblers that the get-rich-quick fake thrives. The woman who gels rich suddenly usually indulges in such sports as lighting cigars with ten dollar bills, and her wind-up is in the pauper’s grave.
No woman knows the true value of money unless she has worked for it. The woman who has earned her dollars through the penny route know the value of the penny, and she gets mighty good value when she spends a dollar.
The woman who walks steadily in one direction does not appear to be making much progress. The ship on the ocean seems to be standing still. When night comes the woman who has been walking steadily has disappeared, and the ship that seemed to be standing still has vanished beyond the horizon.
The law of compensation says, the more haste the loss speed, and so in the matter of success, we must not feel discouraged because the speed at which we are travelling forward does not seem noticeable when compared with the rapid pace of some of our friends. Be not impatient. Learn to wait. Be a good stayer. Do not let the success of the get-rich-quick creature deter you from your resolve to move forward slowly. You will get there in the long run.
And when your hair is silvered and cares rest easily upon your shoulders, the long road you have travelled will be a source of infinite satisfaction to you. Your retrospection will be pleasant, and the very things that were hard in your youth are sources of satisfaction to you in your old age. Do not use the yard measure in counting your progress, but use the inch rule that has fine fractions on it.
“I did not think" is an excuse offered by many. Thinking is the thing in business.
The railroad, the trans-Atlantic cable, the steam engine, the electric light, the wireless telegraph, the very republic in which we are living, came about through thinking.
Every woman should take from five to fifty minutes each day to divorce her mind from the strenuous activity surrounding her, and devote that time to thought, and good will come out of it.
The brain is like a muscle, it must be exercised or it becomes flabby.
Cultivate concentration of thought; study your sphere or usefulness; cut out the weeds that grow in your brain; get out of' the mental rut you are in; stop drifting; keep your brain healthily active.
Women are paid either for what they think or for what their muscles do. Woman's muscles have a limit; she can move just so much matter by physical force. But her capacity from a mental standpoint is unlimited.
The world offers golden prizes to the woman who thinks. Therefore we should cultivate our brains and make them expand. The brain is like a plant. If you nourish and cultivate it and care for it, it will grow too.
Excitement, striving for pleasures, indulging in reading light, frothy literature, excessive daily newspaper reading are all weeds and thought killers. Don't act on impulses. The get-rich-quick woman or the fake mine promoter says, “Buy today, the price goes up tomorrow.”
These fakers don’t want you to think. Thinking is an enemy to their persuasive arguments. If you think, and think rightly, the faker does not get you. When you get a nasty letter don’t answer it right away. Think it over. Think carefully. If your thoughts of revenge are so strong that you cannot calm yourself down, then write a letter and express yourself in the fullest degree. Leave the letter on your desk. Do not look at it for three hours. Then when you look at it you will instantly determine to tear it up, because in the meantime you have been thinking.
Thoughts expressed on paper have a different sound than if they are uttered verbally, therefore you should think carefully when you write. Cultivate poise, calmness, and practice careful thought before you speak or write.
In proportion as you master difficult problems through thought, your brain will be ready for greater conquests. Here are some things to think about during these times when business is so good. These prosperous times are dangerous times. In times of prosperity we build up false idols, and raise our hopes and ambitions beyond the safety point.
Prosperity makes most of us careless. We don’t give our business the careful consideration we should. We run to extremes during prosperous times. We should make the most of prosperity while it is here. We should enjoy it to the fullest, but we should remember that for every high tide there is a low ebb.
Prosperity should enable us to put away a reserve for the hard times. We should be careful that prosperity does not turn our heads or cause us to lose our vigilance.
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