ONE THOUSAND WAYS TO MAKE FORTUNE – CHAPTER I
HOW TO GET A PLACE.
You Can Get It–Positions Yawning for Young Men–Any Young Man May Become Rich–Men Who Began on the Bottom and Reached the Top–How A. T. Stewart Got His Start–John Jacob Astor’s Secret of Success–How Stephen Girard’s Drayman Made a Fortune–$100,000 for Being Polite–How One Man’s Error Made Another Man’s Fortune–Secret of the Bon Marché in Paris–How Edison Succeeded–A Sure Way to Rise–How a Young Man Got His Salary Increased $2,000–A Sharp Yankee Peddler.
Young males are sometimes discouraged as a result of the fascinating locations all appear to be stuffed. But bear in mind there’s all the time room for the precise man. Says a New York millionaire: “I hold that any young man, possessing a good constitution and a fair degree of intelligence, may become rich.” Says one other enterprise man: “I have made a personal canvass of a dozen of the largest business houses in five different commercial and professional lines to see to what extent there exist openings for young men.” In solely two of the homes approached have been the heads of the companies happy the positions of belief in these homes have been stuffed by succesful males. And in every of those two homes I used to be advised that “of course, if the right sort of a young man came along who could tell us something about our business we did not already know, we should not let him slip through our fingers. Positions can always be created. In four of the houses, positions had been open for six months or more, and the sharpest kind of a lookout kept for possible occupants. These positions commanded salaries all the way from $2,000 to $5,000 a year. In the publishing business, I know of no less than six positions actually yawning for the men to come and fill them–not clerical positions, but positions of executive authority. Young men are desired in these places because of their progressive ideas and capacity to endure work.”
Another distinguished man who interviewed the heads of a number of massive companies writes in a current periodical as follows: “It is not with these firms a question of salary; it is a question of securing the highest skill with the most perfect reliability. This being secured, almost any salary to be named will be cheerfully paid. A characteristic of the business world to-day is that its institutions, empires in themselves, have grown to be too large for the handling of ordinary men. These institutions are multiplying in excess of the number of men whose business skill is broad and large enough to direct and command them. Hence, the really commanding business brain is at an immense premium in the market. A salary of $50,000 a year as president of a railroad or manufacturing company at first sight seems exorbitant; but the payment of such a salary usually means pure business. The right or the wrong man at the head of a great business interest means the making or the unmaking of fortunes for the stockholders. Only a single glance at the industrial world is needed to show that here is room for the advent of genius of the first order. This world, seething like a caldron, is boiling to the brim with questions of the most vexing and menacing kind.”
Look on the males who reached the highest of fortune’s ladder, and see beneath what discouraging circumstances they started. James Fisk, known as the Prince of the Erie, rose to that place from a ragged newsboy. Stephen Girard started on nothing, and have become the best millionaire of his time. Young males, would you scorn to row a ship for a residing? Cornelius Vanderbilt plied a ship between Staten Island and New York. Would you tramp the nation as a surveyor for a map? Jay Gould started in that manner, and forty years later happy sure doubters of his financial standing by showing them certificates of stocks worth $80,000,000. Do you concern to have your fingers calloused with ax or noticed? John W. Mackay, who acquired a fortune of $20,000,000, began in life as a shipwright. Is it beneath your social station to deal with butter and eggs? “Lucky” Baldwin, the multi-millionaire, stored a rustic retailer and made his first enterprise by taking his items overland in a cart to Salt Lake City. Are your fingers too delicate for the broom deal with? A. T. Stewart started his enterprise profession by sweeping out the shop. Do you abhor vile odors? Peter Cooper made $6,000,000 within the glue enterprise.
Tens of 1000’s are searching for a spot. Most of them have had locations, however couldn’t hold them. If you comply with all the principles under, having obtained a spot, you’ll by no means want to hunt one once more. The place will search you. Employers are seeking the qualities herein to be thought of, and they’re keen to pay liberally for them. They are qualities that come excessive in all places. If you possess them, you possibly can in a short while command your personal value. But don’t scorn to take the humblest place. Merit, like homicide, will out. Be certain you’ve got the profitable playing cards and wait.
1. THE SECRET OF WORK.–
Men will make use of you for those who imply enterprise. When you discover males working, work with them. Lend a hand. Every employer would quite make use of a busy man than an idle man. When he sees you working, he’ll watch you. If he likes you, he’ll make you a proposal. A glazier, being refused work at a place the place a church was being erected, put down his package of instruments, picked up the damaged items of glass which the workmen had thrown away, and, laboring simply as if he had been employed to work, usual the best church window on this planet, and have become wealthy and well-known.
2. NATURE’S FURROW.-
Plow in nature’s furrow. In normal, a person is fitted for the factor he likes. Do that which you are able to do greatest. What you need to do you’re known as to do, and what you’re known as to do you are able to do. Darwin says that the fittest survive as a result of they’ve a slight benefit over these which don’t survive. Your liking for an occupation is the benefit you’ve got over those that don’t prefer it. Follow the trace, whether or not or not it’s to publish a paper or peg sneakers. A number one service provider in New York discovered his calling by having loaned cash to a pal. He needed to take his pal’s store to secure his money, and thus realized his present for merchandise. The man was A. T. Stewart.
3. GENERAL DETAILS.
The greatest normal is General Details. In enterprise life, regardless of is sufficiently small to be despised. To grasp an infinite variety of small issues is to organize your self to grasp nice issues. When your employers see that you’ve every part at your fingers’ ends, they’ll intrust you with bigger pursuits, and higher accountability means higher pay. John Jacob Astor knew the minutest level about each a part of his nice enterprise. _That_ was the key of his success.
4. THE PRISMATIC BRAIN.
Be many-sided, however clear. Tell your employer the place you’ve got failed. Do not attempt to cowl up a fault. Be completely sincere. You might get alongside for a time on “shady” traces, however such success is simply gained on the expense of final loss. It is totally important that your employer ought to have the utmost confidence in your integrity. Try by each means to achieve that confidence. Court examination. Invite inspection. Remember that his profound perception in you–belief in you when out of enterprise hours in addition to in–is your surest stepping-stone to promotion. Character is energy. Your success relies upon as a lot upon what you’re as upon what you already know or do. Stephen Girard as soon as trusted his drayman to buy a shipload of tea worth $200,000. He trusted him as a result of he knew his man, and he gave the younger man the income of the transaction, which amounted to $50,000.
5. THE BRIDLED TONGUE.
Do not cross your employer in any manner. Never dispute with him. You might make sure that you’re proper, however don’t say so. You needn’t be a Democrat or an Episcopalian as a result of your employer is, however in case you are clever you’ll keep away from discussing with him questions of politics or faith. Courtesy pays. Ross Winans, of Philadelphia, secured a enterprise that netted him $100,000 a yr merely by his politeness to 2 Russian brokers, to whom others in the identical commerce had accorded scant courtesy.
6. STUDYING THE STAIR ABOVE.
Study, not stars, however stairs. Learn all in regards to the place subsequent above you. When you possibly can level out new strategies to your employer, advance new concepts, or recommend new channels of commerce or traces of labor, you’re absolutely on the best way to promotion. Only, make sure that your new concepts are sensible. There isn’t any extra direct highway to the arrogance of your employer than for him to see that you simply perceive any a part of his affairs higher than he does himself. Employ your spare moments in finding out the enterprise. While the opposite clerks are joking, do you be studying. While the scholars on the boarding-house in Andover have been chaffing one another throughout the look forward to breakfast, Joseph Cook would flip to a giant dictionary in a single nook of the room and look out a phrase. He climbed many stairs above them.
7. THE MISSING FACTOR.
Your employers are wrestling with a query. They are unsure whether or not to speculate or not. They are uncertain in regards to the character or standing of some man with whom they’re or might change into closely concerned. It shall be value 1000’s to you for those who can procure any scrap of data that may assist to set them proper. A younger clerk who found an error in Bradstreet’s was quickly admitted to partnership in his employer’s agency.
8. THE MAGNIFYING GLASS.
Make probably the most of your current place. Wear magnifying glasses. Exalt the significance of each merchandise. Let not the smallest factor be executed in a slipshod manner. If you’re answering letters for the agency, reply them briefly however utterly. Remember that brevity just isn’t brusqueness. If you’re ready on prospects, deal with the small buyer simply as courteously as the massive one. You might make sure that your employer knows the market worth of politeness. In the Bon Marché in Paris, the employers decided that one thing should be executed greater than was executed in different shops so that each customer would bear in mind the place with pleasure and are available once more. The outcome was probably the most beautiful politeness ever seen in a mercantile institution, and it has developed the most important enterprise of its form on this planet.
9. THE MICROSCOPIC EYE.
The microscope exhibits 100 issues the bare eye can not see. Endeavor to see what others fail to see–new prospects of gross sales, new technique of revenue, new strategies of doing issues. It was by steadily a factor till he noticed what was not obvious to the superficial view that Thomas Edison turned the best electrician of the world.
10. SCORING A POINT WHEN OFF DUTY.
Do one thing on your employer when you’re out of the shop or store. You might make sure that he’ll respect it. It is a fallacy that he has no declare on you when off obligation. Do not give him the concept you don’t have any curiosity within the enterprise besides to get your wage, and no time to spare him besides what you’re paid for. Do not watch the clock; don’t filch a number of moments firstly or finish of the day’s work, and don’t ask go away of absence besides when completely crucial. Do overwork and unpaid-for work, and once you see some extent in favor of your agency, fasten to it. Become important to the place, and you’ll rise within the place. “I can’t spare you,” mentioned the writer of a New York journal to his promoting agent when one other writer supplied him a rise of $1,000. “Let’s see–you are getting $5,000 now; I’ll make it $7,000.”
11. THE STUDY OF MEN.
This is the very key to success. The correct research of mankind is man. The biggest school on earth is the enterprise world. The man who can promote probably the most items is the one who is aware of the weaknesses of human nature, and how one can avail himself of them. Your greatest diploma is a giant invoice of sale. Sell one thing to everybody–what the client needs if in case you have it; if not, what he doesn’t need; however at any charge, promote him one thing. It is expounded of a Yankee book-peddler that he bought three copies of the identical ebook to a household in a single day–to the husband within the retailer, to the spouse who was calling at a neighbor’s, and to the daughter at house. And not one of many household wished the ebook.
Following the above traces, and including thereto good well being and regular habits, you can not fail to be promoted and to rise to the very best place of accountability, if not even to precise partnership within the agency. These are the qualities that proprietors are craving for–nay, really groaning for, however that are arduous to seek out within the common man. Employers are retaining the sharpest type of a look ahead to the precise man. It is acknowledged on the very best of authority that there are a thousand enterprise companies in New York and neighborhood every having a number of $5,000 positions awaiting the boys who can fill them. If you’ve got the precise qualities or will purchase them, not less than a thousand nice companies need your companies, and posts of accountability with virtually limitless wage await your hand or mind.