The 100 year-old Business Plan

I recently came across these five paragraphs and immediately thought to myself, “This author is really tuned into business in 2014!”  Would you believe the plan was written over 100 years ago?

The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of a weak, vacillating mind.

Opportunities! Every life is full of them. Every lesson in school or college is an

opportunity. Every examination is a chance in life. Every patient is an opportunity.

Every newspaper article is an opportunity. Every client is an opportunity. Every

sermon is an opportunity. Every business transaction is an opportunity,  an

opportunity to be polite, an opportunity to be [humanly], an opportunity to be

honest, an opportunity to make friends. Every proof of confidence in you is a great

opportunity. Every responsibility thrust upon your strength and your honor is

priceless. Existence is the privilege of effort, and when that privilege is met like a

[person], opportunities to succeed along the line of your aptitude will come faster than

you can use them.

It is the idle [person], not the great worker, who is always complaining that he [or she] has no

time or opportunity. Some young [people] will make more out of the odds and ends of

opportunities which many carelessly throw away than other will get out of a whole

lifetime. Like bees, they extract honey from every flower. Every person they meet,

every circumstance of the day, adds something to their store of useful knowledge or

personal power.

Wealth is not an end to strive for, but an opportunity; not the climax of a [person’s] career, but an incident.

Never before was the opportunity of the educated [person]so great as to-day. Never

before was there such a demand for the trained [person], the [person] who can do a thing

superbly well. At the door of every [business] is a sign out, “Wanted a [person].” No

matter how many millions are out of employment, the whole world is hunting for a

[person] who can do things; a trained thinker who can do whatever he [or she] undertakes a little

better than it has ever before been done. Everywhere it is the educated, the trained

[person], the [one] whose natural ability has been enlarged, enhanced one hundredfold by

superior training, that is wanted.

“Go-at-it-iveness” is the first requisite for success. “Stick-to-it-iveness” is the second.

Under ordinary circumstances, and with practical common sense to guide him, one

who has these requisites will not fail.


Pushing to the Front

Orison Swett Marden c.1911


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  1. #1 by michaeldonovan2013 on July 28, 2014 - 4:16 PM

    Reblogged this on Donovan*At*Large and commented:
    Sharing this from a friend, one of the most savvy business people I know. This is dead-solid-perfect!

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