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The Will - A Source Of Energy
The true source of energy is the human will ; that faculty of our being known to philosphers as the executive function of the mind. That power which commands and the other powers obey. That truly regal part of our nature which controls all forms of activity, be they of body or mind, except perhaps, intuition and involuntary muscular action.
Energy Must Be Controlled
This energy of will is not the blind counterfeit which we sometimes see in stubborn wilfullness. There is an obstinate recklessness, a willing against all reason, willing prompted by the ruling power of selfishness. Such manifestations of will often exhibit energy enough, but energy of uncontrolled force—the energy of the spoiled child in adult years.
Display Of Energy
As already remarked, energy is displayed in promptness. When Ledyard was approached by a member of the African Association and asked when he would be ready to start for Africa, he replied immediately - Tomorrow morning.
The Successful Man's Religion
It is natural for every man to worship something. His heart craves some supreme object of affection upon which to bestow his best thought and labor and around which cluster the hopes and aspirations of his life. It is natural for one and all to have some kind of a religion.
Morality Versus Religion
In all ages of the world and among all nations the fundamental principles of moral truth have received great attention. There is no nation which has not had its moral teachers and reformers. Some of them have been most remarkable and noble men.
Religion And Character
It is unfortunate that the idea of religion was ever associated with austerity and asceticism. It is unfortunate for any, and especially the young, to associate religion with dull prayer meetings, long faces, unmusical psalm singing, reproof and stupidity.
Religion And Life
The Christian religion has a very practical bearing upon life and the issues of life. Through the mistakes of its friends, religion has been much associated with graveyards and death-beds. By the man of the world, religion has been thought to be a good thing for women, invalids, and those tottering to the grave in decrepitude and physical weakness.
The Successful Man's Home
Let us go home. Home from the turmoil of life ; home from the hate and selfishness of a grasping world ; home from the place of dusty toil to peace and rest. Let us go home to wife and children ; for it is here that the successful man is seen at his best. Here he may unbend from the stern demeanor that he must bear in his relations with men.
A Tendency Or Two
There is a growing tendency in our social life to neglect the duties which we owe to our homes. The cares of business press so heavily upon us, or the exactions of social customs consume our time to such a degree, that we are in danger of turning our homes into boarding - houses or fashionable dress - making establishments.
Education Of Home
The first education that a man receives is given in the home. Here the lines of character are laid and the work of habit is begun. If the will of the parent brings the child to obedience, industry, truthfulness in the home, these virtues will be practiced in after life. But those higher elements of true manhood are never nurtured in the barren regions of a vagabond life.
The Home And The Freehold
A story is told of one of New York's greatest merchants, we think A. T. Stewart, that he determined to build a fine residence on Fifth Avenue. An aged Irishwoman owned a little hut on the spot where the merchant prince wished to build his palace. It never occurred to the merchant that he could not buy the poor woman's house and tear it away from the spot where it had stood for half a century.
Successful Man's Wife
Wife, mother! The two most significant ideas of our modern civilization. The bare mention of the words causes the eye to kindle and the heart to throb; while the threatened safety or happiness of either stirs the deepest emotions of the human heart. How the thought of the one softens and subdues us! What a world of tender memories cluster around the name of the other.
Education Of The Wife
Much has been said and written upon the education of women. Some have thought that woman's capacity, mind and sentiments differ so widely from those of men that she needs a different education, one suited to her peculiar duties in life.
The High Art Of Housekeeping
This is an age of practical education. Men everywhere are seeking the shortest possible route through some kind of training into active life. The educational world is infested with practical courses of training that fit men in fifteen minutes to become merchant-princes and money-kings.
Social Life Of Women
The girl of the period as she is called, has found her vocation; namely, to elope with the coachman or some other ignoramus, entirely beneath her in wealth, talent and social position. One case of this kind occurred in New York some twenty-five years ago. It made a very great sensation at the time and was regarded as a great evidence of depravity on the part of the young lady.
Woman's Work And Woman's Wages
There is no happiness in idleness. It may be with hand, it may be with brain, it may be with foot, but work a woman must, or be filled with wretchedness.
Some Examples Of Excellence
In the Century Magazine for January, 1884, an interesting story is told of an Indian girl from which we take the following account. Toru Dutt was the youngest of three children of a magistrate of Calcutta, a gentleman of unusual culture and erudition. Toru was born in 1856 and died in 1877, only twenty-two years of age.
Books And Reading
Everybody reads. Old and young, rich and poor sit daily with book or paper, poring over pages of print with intent and absorbing interest. One man reads to ascertain the latest news. Another scans stock-quotations and the market reports. Another seeks to fathom some intricate problem of knowledge, while another reads to enjoy the glowing thought and beauteous verse of some master of song.
The Successful Man And His Books
While it is a benefit, a source of culture and enjoy. ment for any man to read, it is an absolute necessity to the man of affairs who seeks to push his work and win a high measure of success. Every vocation in life is now, in a sense, a learned profession. There are books to read, magazines and papers devoted exclusively to almost every trade, business or profession in the land.
Companionship Of Books
Good books are among the most enduring triumphs of human endeavor. The best thoughts of all time are embodied in literature and there they endure forever and ever as the best which immortal genius has produced. Nothing that was ever really good in literature has been permitted to die.
The Pernicious Influence Of Bad Books
Let it be observed and remembered, says Noah Porter, that a book is always written by a man, and that it is never by any magic or mystery any better than its author makes it to be, and it must be confessed with regret that the world is full of bad books and that the habit of reading may lead a man unconsciously into associations with evil.
The Library
With this view of the usefulness of books and papers, we need hardly say that a well-selected library is a practical necessity to the man who would attain success. He needs to be an intelligent man. He needs to be informed upon the current topics of the day, and those technical matters which pertain to his own special vocation.
Newspapers And Periodicals
But the printed book is not the greatest power in the intellectual world. There is an implement more powerful still for both good and evil, and that is the printed sheet that goes to every breakfast table and visits every evening fireside. The newspaper is, without doubt, the greatest intellectual force of the nineteenth century.
The Club
The club has become a national institution. We have among us clubs and clubs—of every conceivable name and pretext for organization. In the heat and hate of political controversy men form clubs to advance the interests of their party or candidate. For the sake of social enjoyment and sometimes as a cloak for social dissipation, clubs are formed of a select and con-genial company.
Morality And Secret Societies
Extravagant claims are advanced by some of the secret societies, that a very high degree of morality prevails among them. It is also claimed that these organizations are better than the Christian church for the purpose of inculcating moral truth and applying that truth to every-day life.
Convivial Clubs
A certain form of club life has grown very popular of late years in our towns and cities. Men organize themselves into clubs for the purpose of conviviality and social enjoyment. Rooms are fitted up and furnished to suit the taste and wealth of the members.
Political Club
There was a time in the history of political organizations, when the current issues of politics were discussed by the people, and government was inaugurated and carried on for the good of the people. That day has practically passed by.
Literary Club
A discussion upon clubs and club-life would not be complete without some reference to the literary club. In one form or another. it has existed for centuries. First they were established at the seats of learning in the great literary universities. Then they were organized among writers and professional men, and finally have come to be a regular institution among all classes of people.
Club Life From A Financial Point Of View
The worst feature, perhaps, of clubs and club-life is the expense connected therewith. To establish and maintain a club-house of any sort requires a large outlay of money. This falls, of course, at after capita rate upon the members of the club. Aside from the necessary expenses for the maintenance of the club-house, there are many other expenses which need not here be particularized.
The Field Of Operation
Idleness is the bane of human life. It is the most potent cause of failure. The idle man not only does not achieve success, but he is a prey to the ills of the body and the cankering cares of the mind. His life becomes insupportable ; he drones out the weary hours and drags after him the weight of discontented days, until the hoary and unhappy years close round him and the winter of age comes on.
Natural Aptitude
Every man is fitted by nature and education to do some- useful work well. It may not be to- rule a kingdom, to bend senates to his will, to hold a restless realm in awe ; but there is something honorable, useful, and lucrative that every man can do and do well. In a word, every man has some natural aptitude, which, if cultivated, will put him in the way of success- and prosperity.
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