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Fortune forever favors the courageous, and never helps a man who doesn't help himself. It won’t do to spend your time in waiting for something to “turn up.” To such men one of 2 things commonly “turns up:” the poorhouse or sorrow: for idleness breeds foul habits, and clothes a man in rags. The poor spendthrift vagrant says to a wealthy man:
“I have discovered there's enough money in the world for all of us, if it was evenly divided; this must be done, and we shall all be content together.”
“But,” was the reply, “if everyone was like you, it would be spent in 2 months, and what would you do then?”
“Oh! Divide once more; keep dividing, naturally!”
Do your part of the work, or you can't succeed. Mohammad, one night, while camping in the desert, overheard one of his dog-tired followers note: “I'll loose my camel, and trust it to the higher power!” “No, no, not so,” stated the prophet, “tie thy camel, and trust it to the higher power!” Do all you are able to for yourselves, and then trust to luck, or whatever you call it, for the remainder.
In the nature of matters, an agent can't be as faithful to his employer as to himself. Several who are employers will call to mind cases where the best employees have neglected important points which may not have escaped their notice as an owner.
No man has a right to expect to win in life unless he understands his business, and nobody may understand his business thoroughly unless he studies it by personal application and experience.
A man might be a manufacturer: he has got to study the many details of his business personally; he will discover something daily, and he will find he will make errors nearly daily. And these very errors are helps to him in the way of experiences if he simply minds them.
You have to exercise your caution in setting your plans, but be bold in carrying them out. A man who's all caution, will never dare to take charge and be successful; and a man who's all boldness, is simply foolhardy, and must finally fail.
A man may go on “’change” and make 50 thousand dollars in speculating in stocks, at a single procedure. But if he has mere boldness without care, it's simple chance, and what he gains now he will lose tomorrow. You have to have both the caution and the daring, to guarantee success.
Never have anything to do with an ill-fated man or place. That's to say, never have anything to do with a man or place which never wins, as, although a man might appear to be honest and smart, yet if he attempts this or that thing and forever fails, it is on account of some error or debility that you might not be able to discover but all the same which must exist.