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Unformatted text preview: ose means or whose self-sacrifice enable them to plan careers for their
children, should take into solemn account, not their own ambitions, but the ability of the child. A man is apt to
see in his son his second self and to plan for him as for a self that was somehow to succeed where he failed.
But every tub in the ocean of human life must navigate on its own bottom, and a father's wishes will not make
a poet into a banker or a fool into a philosopher. Nothing is so disastrous to character as to be misplaced in
work, and there is as much social inefficiency in the high-grade man in the low-grade place as when the
low-grade man occupies a high-grade place. We have no means of discovering originality, imagination or
special ability in our present-day psychological tests, and we cannot measure intensity of purpose, courage
and the quality of interest. Yet watching a child through its childhood and its adolescence ought to tell us
whether it is brilliant or stupid, whether it is hand-minded or word-minded, whether it is brave, loyal, honest,
a leader or a follower, etc. Moreover, the child's inclinations should play a part in the plans made. A man who
develops a strong will where his desires lead the way will hang back and be a slacker where dissatisfaction is
aroused. CHAPTER XII. 109 To that employer of labor who seeks more than dividends from his "hands," who has in mind that he is merely
an agent of the community, and is not obsessed with the idea that he is "boss," I make bold to make the
Any plan of efficiency must be based on sympathy and human feeling. To avoid unnecessary fatigue is
imperative, not only because it increases production, but because it increases happiness. Fatigue may have its
origin in little matters,--in a bad bench, in a poor work table, or an inferior tool. Chronic fatigue alters
character; the drudge and slave are not really human, and if your workers become drudges, to that degree have
you lapsed from your stewardship. Men react to fatigue in different ways: one is merely tired, weak and
sleepy --a "dope," to use ordinary characterization...
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