The following pages have been written with the single purpose of helping onward on his way towards success the young man just starting on a business career. There has been no attempt at fine writing, nor has the author endeavored to push. any pet theories of his own. The daily routine at the desk, behind the counter, buying and selling, etc.. has been pictured as it actually is, and such rules laid down for the young man's guidance as a long business experience has shown to be wise.
You are the architect of your own life: it is yours to make or to mar. By the power of thoughts you are building; are you building aright? The power of thought, as Emerson says, is a spirital power. It is the greatest power that man has at his disposal.
UNREST and pain and sorrow are the shadows of life. There is no heart in all the world that has not felt the sting of pain, no mind that has not been tossed upon the dark waters of trouble, no eye that has not wept the hot, blinding tears of unspeakable anguish. There is no house- hold where the Great Destroyers, disease and death, have not entered, severing heart from heart, and casting over all the dark pall of sorrow.
THE selection of a title is no trifling matter. Chesterton says he once refrained from calling a work "What is Wrong?" because it was awkward to state that he was doing it! I really wanted to put in something about "fretting the gizzard," a term borrowed from Butler's "Hudibras," and defined in Webster's Dictionary as "to vex one's self." In that case I might have used for a text the lines from "Canterbury Tales".