“Old Bill” Suggests—
Some fellows take pains, while others merely have ’em. That is one reason why people rise unequally in business, in spite of similar environment and opportunity. Nobody learns much from sitting on a dictionary. It is the brain, analyzing, classifying, sorting and comparing, that gives value to the evidence of the senses.
Viewpoint is the principal factor in directing this brain power to the point of use. To be a boss, start thinking as the boss thinks, worrying as he worries. The purpose is mental training rather than making an impression. (Don’t show your mind to the foreman or he’ll think you’re looking at his job instead of beyond it.)
Most people have enough facts in mind to afford a foundation for outstanding success. Like the contrast between cursing and prayer, the difference is in arrangement, emphasis—and intent.
(ROYAL F. MUNGER)