He who distrusts the security of chance takes more pains to effec

October 31st, 2017

He who distrusts the security of chance takes more pains to effect the safety which results from labor. To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.”


 

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurabl

October 31st, 2017

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.


 

All too much of the wage structure has been based on the time wor

October 31st, 2017

All too much of the wage structure has been based on the time workers put in, rather than upon the product put out. The consumer dollar has no interest in how much time it buys – only in the character and quality of the product itself.


 

Business is a combination of war and sport.

October 31st, 2017

Business is a combination of war and sport.


 

Be methodical if you would succeed in business, or in anything. H

October 31st, 2017

Be methodical if you would succeed in business, or in anything. Have a work for every moment, and mind the moment’s work. Whatever your calling, master all its bearings and details, its principles, instruments and applications. Method is essential if you would get through your work easily and with economy of time.


 

No man will ever be a big executive who feels that he must, eithe

October 31st, 2017

No man will ever be a big executive who feels that he must, either openly or under cover, follow up every order he gives and see that it is done – nor will he ever develop a capable assistant.


 

I am not going to retire until we’re the largest apartment owner

October 31st, 2017

I am not going to retire until we’re the largest apartment owner in the U.S.


 

I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of bus

October 31st, 2017

I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day-to-day affairs that they had no time for friend-making. They may flatter themselves that their unrelaxing concentration on business constitutes patriotism of the highest order. They may tell themselves that the existing emergency will pass, and that they can then adopt different, more sociable, more friendly habits. But such a day is little likely to come for such individuals.


 

Lord Northcliffe British press magnate once told me that he had d

October 31st, 2017

Lord Northcliffe British press magnate once told me that he had discovered in America a tendency to install and worship system to such an extent that so much time was spent on system that little time was left for rounding up business to keep the system going. Is it not so with conferences? Isn’t the legitimate purpose of conferences being lost sight of? Just how far should businessmen go in spending hours in conferences with their colleagues and shut out, meanwhile, all communication with those from whom they derive their business? Executives cannot make a business pay by taking in one another’s washing.


 

A big business man was telling Henry Ford about a coach driver of

October 31st, 2017

A big business man was telling Henry Ford about a coach driver of super-expertness with his whip. The driver was telling how he could flick a fly off his horse’s ear with his whip – and, a fly alighting just then, he promptly did so. Next he spied a grasshopper beside the road, and he flicked it off with equal dexterity. A little further along the road the passenger noticed an insect on a bush, and nudged the driver to get him. Not on your life, replied the master of the whip. That there insect is a hornet sitting on his nest with an organization behind him. I leave him alone.