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    This month's piece comes from a time when air travel was relatively new to the public and could only be had by the wealthy as opposed to the cattle call we now experience. Hard to imagine it, but I remember having to get dressed up (suit and tie!) to be properly dressed to fly--and I'm not THAT old. Nevertheless, it's nice to look back and see how things were.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p. 172-174

Six Rules for Successful Work
          I have found something I had never expected to find.  I have found a set of rules for successful work which I think will apply without a single change to every sort of worker and to every sort of work.
          I have always been skeptical of the neat little recipes for success that self-made men toss off when they are interviewed.  While one man succeeds by following certain rules, another man two blocks up the street breaks every rule the first man follows and succeeds just as greatly.
          The fact is that success or failure is a very personal problem.  There are very few rules for success that we can take over from another man and use effectively without amending them and adapting them to our own personalities and purposes.
          In the larger sense, success cannot be “smuggled” into our lives between the covers of a rule book; it must be “home brewed” in our own brains.
          The six rules for successful work that I have found differ from much of the professional “success literature” in that they are not offered as a magic formula that will make you a millionaire before you are thirty or money refunded.  They are offered as being simply the foundation of effective work in any job, big or little.  (Continued next month)

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