Discontent And The Generalist
While in another part of this book we show that ambition is one of the things that makes success, yet it must not be forget then that discontent is another great factor in bringing about success. When the young woman quits school she has life before her and has ambition to succeed. It is not particularly necessary that we find out what her ambition is to start her on the right path. Let the young woman get started at any thing. If she is ambitious and has ability in her to manage a business she will get there finally.
She may get started in the wrong line and this will make her discontented. The discontent will cause her to try another tack, and so long as discontent makes her change she will finally get into the right line by the process of eliminating those callings which make her discontented.
Time after time we find in reading the stories of successful business women that they have floundered around in the beginning of their career from one business calling to another. Discontented with each of them they changed and changed and changed until they finally struck the thing best suited to them, and all the changes they made in the past were distinctly beneficial because of the experience they obtained.
If it were not for discontent many of the leaders in the business world today would still be on the farm or clerking in a country store.
Keep busy, young woman, do the first thing that comes handy. Change your job if you are discontented. for no one can do his best work if her heart is not in it. When discontent causes you to change frequently you may be sure that some day you will strike your gait, and then ambition will fire you to stick at it.
When you get on the right track and are not discontented you have struck it right.
The chapter on “The Specialist” is almost inseparable from this chapter. One is the positive,.the other the negative. What we have said about the specialist we could repeat by taking the opposite of the question for the generalist.
This one point, however, we wish to make clear, even at the risk of repetition. Do not be a generalist in business. If you divide your efforts your results will surely be divided. The business woman who goes in many outside ventures will not get along as far in the matter of wealth as the woman who does one thing well.
We hear about “The jack of all trades,” but the aftermath of the jack of all trades is “master of none.”
Only one concern in fifty succeeds in business, therefore it calls for your best efforts if you wish to succeed. It calls for a singleness of purpose.
If you make more money than is necessary in your business put out the money in some form of investment that will require little of your attention. Buy mortgages or real estate. Get stuff that you can put in the green box in the safety deposit vault and not have to worry about.
The stockbroker has a lot of unwritten history about the business woman who divides her energies between her office and the ticker. The business woman who is trying to make more progress than her competitor in business and at the same time trying to beat out the stock market is dividing her energies, and between the two occupations she is likely to fail. Be a generalist in pleasure and recreation, but not in business.
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