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WHAT IS SUCCESS?
Editor The Ranch: I have just fin
ished reading Carnegie's book, "The
Empire of Business," and compared
the same with other noted and suc
cessful business and professional men.
Every author advises the reader to
follow a certain path and he (the read
er) will surely reach the land of gold
We will mention a few points which
those noted authors tell us to bear al
ways in mind: Economy, temperance,
let gambling and speculation alone,
never misuse your credit, concentra
tion of your mind, be industrious and
regular in your habits, make yourself
indispensable to your employer, be pa
tient and stick to your point.
I wish my reader would go over all
these points carefully and then look
around your acquaintance and find
someone to whom you could apply all
these good qualities and still he don't
make a success, as it is generally un
derstood. Why? The simplest an
swer would be: he has not the
stuff in him. I wish to add that in
order to make a great success of life
two more essential points are needed:
Character and the old Greek saying,
To illustrate this by an example, I
know a bank cashier who has all the
needed requirements prescribed to
make a success, he is further an emi
nent, careful and trustworthy worker,
and still he never will be the head of
the bank. Why? because he has not
got the stuff for it; or with other
words, he lacks executive qualities, he
lacks the long head, he lacks the
nerve, all these are essential to be a
good, successful bank president, also
perhaps he would make only a fairly
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good bookkeeper. To win success in
business life a man must have the abil
ity to grasp situations quick, to see
in the future, he must have the ability
to make disposition, he must have a
mathematically trained mind.
The question would arise, can we
not train our mind to possess the qual
ities? Yes, to a certain extent, but let
me remind you a Raphael, a Darwin,
a Shakespeare, a Hoxley, a Hindall,
a Dante, a Goethe, a Carnegie, a Mor
gan, are born.
The question is: Of what consists
a success of life; to be a bank presi
dent, or a manager of a large concern,
or a judge of a superior court, or
something else very high and great? I
say no. A shoemaker who can make
a shoe, that fits you well and is neatly
done, isa successful shoemaker. I say
this much: Do your duties and do
taem well, is over half the success of
The books of all these noted authors
are in a certain way misleading, they
create for certain persons disappoint
ments and bring much grief to many.
The authors are looking down to the
world as an eagle does, way high up
from the blue sky; oh, they say: It is
easy, learn to fly, and then you get
up. Many authors don't let us see
behind the curtains, they forget the
very essential facts that made them
great. I often wonder and ask myself
k _d following question: Would Napol
eon have made a famous physician, or
would Mendelssohn have made a fa
mous general, or would Hayden have
made a famous statesman, or would
Schiller have made a successful busi
ness man?* Anybody who has studied
history carefully, has studied the char
acter of above named men, will agree
with me, that such would not be the
case. Furthermore, the careful stu
dent Of biograpny will find one factor,
which stands out prominently in his
tory, that certain noted men who, in
their early manhood have beon driven
by circumstances to follow a line of
profession, for which they were not fit
ted, did not make any success.
I remind my reader of Darwin,
Hegel, Stanley, Andre and others, the
lamous painter Defregger could make
a fine pencil drawing at the age of
fifteen, when he was herding cows up
in the mountains, and at that time he
hardly could write his own name.
This all goes to show that a young
man must first find out to what par
ticular line he is especially adapted.
Again, i ask my reader, does suc
cess mean anything high? 1 say no,
and will illustrate this with two ex
I know a president of a large fac
tory. He started as a porter; well, he
is called a successful man, true in one
sense of the word and yet, not quite
correct, because he still wants some
thing higher; he wants more power.
This makes him discontented, and his
family life is very unhappy. He makes
a success in his business, but not as
To show another picture: I know
a well-to-do country doctc starting
life as a poor boy. During his life
time he gained the reputation as a
very careful and skilled physician, he
gained the reputation as a man of
character, as a man of fine qualities,
his family life is happy. The world
does not know him, but he is a full
success, as successful physician and
a successful man, and I would rather
be the doctor than the president.
In striving to gain success we must
not lose sight of other things which
are necessary to make life happy and
contented, and which means complete
Do your duty. Stay within the
sphere to which you are adapted, havt'
character, and while you should al
ways strive to something better and
higher, don't forget that discontent
knocks on the door of those who have
their ideal too high.
A working man who has a family,
and who has by economy and indus:
try acquired his own home, is a good
husband and father, has provided for
rainy days and still tries to better his
conditions, is a very successful man.
It is an open secret that some men
have gained high positions by schem
ing or other dishonest means, and it
is also known that they are not fit for
the place they are occupying. If we
all would be "high spirit" horses, we
soon would not have the faithful draft
horse which performs its duty, day
after day from morning till night.
The success of a man does not mean
to be great, or known all over the
world; and the man who knows that
he never will get high up, must look
lor other avenues to brighten up the
daily life; and there are many ave
nues. Empty your pocketbock into
your brain and acquire useful knowl
edge, or study and cultivate your mind
or acquire a knowledge of nature. Re
member Goethe's saying: "Much am
bition is a deadly poison," and the old
Roman's saying: "Have a sound mind
in a sound body," ought to be one of
the main principles of every man.
Live, strive within yourr sphere, try
to be happy and content, learn to un
derstand the beauties of nature, art,
music, and do not be the slave of only
one principle. L. ENGELMANN.