Faith and Jobs
“Faith can move mountains, (sure it can) but the big men in life believe it is better not to wait for mountains thus to be moved, but to go right out and get to work at moving them.” That’s a fact we can’t get away from.
If you want a problem solved, solve it, or have it solved by an expert, but keep at it until it’s solved For those of us who expect to go back to civilian life some time soon its good to have absolute faith that we’re going to get a job when we get home, and have faith that it’s going to be a good job. It’s alright to have faith, and a plenty of it, but NOW is the time to START AFTER THAT JOB (if it’s not already cinch- ea.)
And NOW is the time to get in training to hold that job, and make it grow bigger and better after we’ve got it. We may have all the faith in the world in our prospective employer’ but HE may not be so affected, he may not have any faith at all in us.
He used to have, probably, but that was a long time’ ago. We’ve changed now, and we’ve forgotten a good deal of what our boss paid us to know. Books on any and all subjects are to be had from the American Library Association, 10 Rue de l’Elysee, Paris. Write for them, three at a time, and brush up. Back up your faith in your ability to land a job, and to KEEP that job, after it’s landed, by studying up on it.
You have self confidence and ambition? Don’t forget there’s going to be a mighty lot of competition, and there are a lot of your competitors already in the States, getting d start on you. TOMORROW NEVER COMES. Start it TODAY and NOW.
The average person doesn’t see more than one object out of every thousand that passes, and there are many persons who have two perfectly good eyes and don’t see one object out of every ten thousand they pass.
Must we be forever SEEING THINGS to grow in power and ability? Sure thing. It’s true we can’t see and remember every object, great and small, but we ought to observe all things that may in any way be of advantage to us later on. When we look at a person or an object we ought actually to SEE that person or object, and be able to tell afterwards exactly what that person or object looked like, and where they were, and what their surroundings at the moment we saw them.
When the habit gets into our system to overlook things, to look at the things and not see them, or never attempt to see what’s going on around us all, we’re in a bad way. Russel H. Conwell tells us in his “Acres of Diamonds,” about scores of men who sold out all they possesed, and struck out for all manner of unknown places in search of gold, or silver, or diamonds, as the case might be, only to discover that their old home they sold for traveling money was averitable hotbed of what they were spending their lives searching for in foreign lands.
They were so eager in imagining what was over the hill they failed to SEE what was under their very noses. In 1901 when Harriman planned to wrest the Northern Pacific from James J. Hill he overlooked the fact that the stock he was buying was redeemable, and that Hill had it within his power to redeem it at will and convert it into cash, causing it to lose it’s voting power.
Therefore Harriman failed to gain control of the Northern Pacific. He just simply overlooked one small point, but it was THE point that meant success. If you don’t see what you look at, look again, and be sure that you know you’ve seen it and you know all about it, else you will some day fail to see what may mean life or death, success or failure, to you or your most beloved.
We all have a great respect for the abilities of Abraham Lincoln, and know he was one of the world’s greatest men. He became great by adopting several principles or habits of action or endeavor, and sticking to them until the very last. One of his greatest endowments was his ability of concentration. “Whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his WHOLE MIND into it and held it ALL there until that was ALL DONE.”
It takes effort to acquire that ability. And it takes earnestness of purpose, and a desire to accomplish results of a definite order, to unceasingly use that ability once it is acquired.
The student whose mind forever wanders from his studies, doesn’t accomplish any great amount of learning. So with any other form of endeavor, if the mind cannot be forced to rest it’s attention upon one subject, and only one, wden it is necessary to do so, the accomplishments of that mind are going to be incomplete and without thoroughness, to say the very least.
Emerson tells us, “Our strength grows out of our weakness” it is our inability to concentrate absolutely upon one subject or thought that brings to our attention that we are weak in that respect, and that is what stimulates us to train our minds to greater effort,.to learn by continual practice to focus our mind power and thought force as we would aim a rifle, and hold it there until we hit the bull’s eye, until we have finished our task and know it to be complete.
“FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN TO THE RHINE.”
Company C and Company F, Second Supply Trains have published a little souvenir book telling of their trip to Marseilles and back for the purpose of bringing up trucks. It is for distribution among members of these companies only, and bears the title “From the Mediterranean to the Rhine.”