Unformatted text preview: e worthy end. This is one reason why
college degrees are not valued more highly. They represent nothing but miscellaneous knowledge.
If you contemplate taking additional schooling, ﬁrst determine the purpose for
which you want the knowledge you are seeking, then learn where this particular
sort of knowledge can be obtained, from reliable sources.
Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. Those who are not successful
usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends
when one ﬁnishes school. The truth is that schooling does but little more than to
put one in the way of learning how to acquire practical knowledge.
With this Changed World which began at the end of the economic collapse, came
also astounding changes in educational requirements. The order of the day is
SPECIALIZATION! This truth was emphasized by Robert P. Moore, secretary of
appointments of Columbia University.
“SPETS MOST SOUGHT AFTER”
“Particularly sought after by employing companies are candidates who have
specialized in some ﬁeld-business-school graduates with training in accounting
and statistics, engineers of all varieties, journalists, architects, chemists, and
also outstanding leaders and activity men of the senior class.
“The man who has been active on the campus, whose personality is such that
he gets along with all kinds of people and who has done an adequate job with
his studies has a most decided edge over the strictly academic student. Some of
these, because of their all-around qualiﬁcations, have received several offers of
positions, a few of them as many as six. 67 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH “In departing from the conception that the `straight A’ student was invariably
the one to get the choice of the better jobs, Mr. Moore said that most companies
look not only to academic records but to activity records and personalities of the
“One of the largest industrial companies, the leader in its ﬁeld, in writing to Mr.
Moore concerning prospective seniors at the college, said:
“`We are interested primarily in ﬁnding men who can make exceptional progress
in management work. For this reason we emphasize qualities of character, intelligence and personality far more than speciﬁc educational background.’ “APPRENTICESHIP” PROPOSED
“Proposing a system of `apprenticing’ students in ofﬁces, stores and industrial
occupations during the summer vacation, Mr. Moore asserts that after the ﬁrst
two or three years of college, every student should be asked `to choose a deﬁnite
future course and to call a halt if he has been merely pleasantly drifting without
purpose through an unspecialized academic curriculum.’
“Colleges and universities must face the practical consideration that all professions and occupations now demand spets,” he said, urging that educational
institutions accept more direct responsibility for vocational guidance. One of
the most reliable and practical sources of knowledge av...
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