“The world is full of round pegs in square holes, men who by dint of severe training, hard industry, have made themselves fit tolerably well, yet the sense of drudgery and the consciousness of not doing what one was made to do takes the edge off one’s satisfaction and makes one feel that even if he has made a fair living, he has not made much of a life”
“When ambition is dead there is no hope for the man unless this can be revived; and it is a very difficult thing to arouse a dead ambition. If you want to make the most of yourself, watch your ambition. Do not let it cool down.”
“No step in life, unless it may be the choice of a better half (wife), is more important than the choice of a vocation (career)…”
“There is no genius in forced work. When out of place, no matter how hard we work, we never gain the momentum or the valuable experience which we gain when we are working along the line of our talent.”
“Lack of ambition, shiftlessness and laziness are the causes of more failures than almost anything else. A shiftless man is the most hopeless object in the universe. He will not help himself, and he discourages everybody who tries to help him.”
…pay a large price for it, and to make great sacrifices. No man ever does a big thing in this world without a lot of self-sacrifice and tremendous action …
No important decisions when under emotions “The mind must be harmonious and happy or it is not in a condition to make a wise choice or change.”
(out of one hundred healthy men at twenty-five, after forty years, one will be wealthy, four will be very well off, five will be supporting themselves by their daily labor, fifty-four will be dependent upon friends or relatives or charity, and thirty-six will be dead.)
The man who knows what he wants and goes straight to it is the victor.
Negative effects when working in a not fitting job for any side
“If you want knowledge you must toil for it; and if pleasure, you must toil for it. Toil is the law. Pleasure comes through toil, and not by self-indulgence and indolence.”
Somehow when things are made easy for us , when someone else provides the bread and butter, we do not make much of an effort to express ourselves. It is cruel necessity, cold, hunger, and the saving of those dear to us which bring out the reserves which have been stored up in us.
Be a salesman
In other words, the school and college should be a training, so to speak, for the great life game, and this training should never lose sight of the game he is going to play.
“What would humanity do with me if they were to consider my qualifications and adaptations, and place me to the best possible advantage to themselves?”
There are so many things he wants to read and study along the line of his specialty, so many things to learn, that there is great danger of his getting into the specialist rut, so that he will know very little about anything else.
Whatever you undertake as a means of livelihood, be sure that there is a door open ahead of you, that you are not facing a blind alley.
Zimmerman says: “If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, luxury , ambition , or egotism? No; I shall say indolence (Trägheit). Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest.”
“Every bit of knowledge you store up enlarges and enriches your life by so much and by so much improves your prospects. All these little self-investments make you so much better off, so much larger, fuller, completer, so much better able to cope with life. Yes, knowledge is power. Drink it in through every pore. Drink it in through your eyes, through keen, intelligent observation. Drink it in through your ears by listening. Drink in knowledge through papers, magazines, and books at every opportunity. Skip the sensational, the foolish, the meaningless. Pack in the kinds of intellectual food which will make you grow.”
No one who is not big enough to strangle this traitor Doubt can ever accomplish anything great or worthwhile. It kills initiative and self-confidence, and without these dominant qualities no human being can measure up to his possibilities.