Character Building - Throughness
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
THERE is one quality which ought peculiarly to be impressed upon the young people of this day, when so many different kinds of things are put before them in bewildering rapidity, and that is thoroughness. Every lad and lassie should have a specialty, known from A to Z, if it be no more than making fudge or rearing rabbits. Let each one choose some-thing within his means and become master of it. It is better to know a few things well than to have a wide range of half-knowledge. "We cannot help feeling contempt for things that are only half what they pretend to be; we cannot be con-tent unless our treasures are real and valuable. We do not rate very highly any professions which have not acts of sincerity behind them." So speaks Miss Farmingham, and the sentiment might be greatly expanded. A man of business who only half attends to his calling is certain to lose both credit and trade. If he would succeed he must remember the divine injunction "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Such a man will demand of his workmen in turn that each one carry through to the very end the task for which he is paid-and pick up his chips besides. Therefore let all who have any-thing to do with home lessons inculcate thoroughness in all things. Teach the children from the beginning to complete what they begin-to "make a good job" of it.
Under "Honor," and "Honesty," the student will find a number of references that apply to the trait under consideration. A few more may be added here. In Volume I read "Do the Best you Can," "The Nail," and "The Husband Who was to Mind the House." Entertaining lessons with point are "Dicky Random," and "Busy Idleness" in Volume III. Our chapter from "Tom Brown's School Days" in Volume IV is good, wholesome narrative. In Volume IX read and re-read "The Start and the Goal" and "Prospects and Salary."