Road to success 成功之路
It is well that young men should begin at thebeginning and occupy the most subordinatepositions. Many ofthe leading businessmen ofPittsburgh had a serious responsibility thrust uponthem at the very threshold of their career. They wereintroduced to the broom, and spent the first hoursof their business lives sweeping out the office. Inotice we have janitors and janitresses now inoffices, and our young men unfortunately miss that salutary branch of business education.But if by chance the professional sweeper is absent any morning, the boy who has the geniusof the future partner in him will not hesitate to try his hand at the broom. The other day afond fashionable mother in Michigan asked a young manwhether he had ever seen ayoung ladysweep in a room so grandly as her Priscilla.He said no,he never had, and the mother wasgratified beyond measure, but then he said, after a pause,“What I should like to see her do issweep out a room.”It does not hurt the newest comer to sweep out the office if necessary. Iwas one of those sweepers myself.
Assuming that you have all obtained employment and are fairly started, my advice to you is “aimhigh”. Iwould not give a fig for the young man who does not already see himself the partner orthe head of an important firm. Do not rest content for a moment in your thoughts as headclerk, or foreman, or general manager in any concern, no matter how extensive. Say toyourself, “My place is at the top.” Be king in your dreams.
And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret: concentrate your energy,thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun inone line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have thebest machinery, and know the most about it.
The concerns which fail are those which have scattered their capital, which means that they havescatteredtheir brains also. They have investments in this, or that, or the other, here there, andeverywhere. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” is all wrong. I tell you to “put all your eggsin one basket, and then watch that basket.” Look round you and take notice, men who do thatnot often fail. It is easy to watch and carry the one basket. It is trying to carry too manybaskets that breaks most eggs in this country.He who carries three baskets must put one onhis head, which is apt to tumble and trip him up. One fault of the American businessman is lackof concentration.
To summarize what I have said: aim for the highest; never enter a bar room; do not touchliquor, or if at all only at meals; never speculate; never indorse beyond your surplus cashfund; make the firm’s interestyours; break orders always to save owners; concentrate; put allyour eggs in one basket, and watch that basket; expenditure always within revenue; lastly, benot impatient, for as Emerson says, “no one can cheatyou out of ultimate success butyourselves.”
Once a circle missed a wedge.The circle wanted tobe whole，so it went around looking for its missingpiece.But because it was incomplete and thereforecould roll only very slowly，it admired the flowersalong the way.It chatted with worms.It enjoyed thesunshine.It found lots of different pieces，but noneof them fit.So it left them all by the side of the roadand kept on searching.Then one day the circle founda piece that fit perfectly.It was so happy.Now it could be whole，with nothing missing.It incorporated the missing piece into itself and began to roll.Now that it was a perfect circle，itcould roll very fast，too fast to notice the flowers or talking to the worms.When it realized how different the world seemed when it rolled so quickly，it stopped，left its found piece by the side of the road and rolled slowly away.
The lesson of the story，I suggested，was that in some strange sense we are more wholewhen we are missing something.The man who has everything is in some ways a poor man.He will never know what it feels like to yearn，to hope，to nourish his soul with the dream of something better.He will never know the experience of having someone who loves him give him something he has always wanted or never had.
There is a wholeness about the person who has come to terms with his limitations，who hasbeen brave enough to let go of his unrealistic dreams and not feel like a failure for doingso.There is a wholeness about the man or woman who has learned that he or she is strongenough to go through a tragedy and survive，who can lose someone and still feel like acomplete person.
Life is not a trap set for us by God so that he can condemn us for failing.Life is not a spellingbee，where no matter how many words you've gotten right，you're disqualified if you make onemistake.Life ismore like a baseball season，where even the best team loses one-third of its games and even the worst team has its days of brilliance.Our goal is to win more games thanwe lose.
When we accept that imperfection is part of being human，and when we can continue rolling through life andappreciate it，we will have achieved a wholeness that others can only aspireto.That，I believe，is what God asks of us not "Be perfect"，not "Don't even make amistake"，but "Be whole."
If we are brave enough to love，strong enough to forgive，generous enough to rejoice inanother's happiness，and wise enough to know there is enough love to go around for usall，then we can achieve a fulfillmentthat no other living creature will ever know.