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    Two short pieces this month just to keep you on your toes. Shorthand IS a personal accomplishment that takes dedication, hard work, and constant practice. Getting good at it is an accomplishment worth celebrating. Manufacturing isn't quite as glamorous but we do need it in modern society. The vocabulary isn't as miserable as last month so enjoy!

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 140-141

Shorthand as a Personal Accomplishment
          Success in shorthand, like success in any other study, depends largely upon the interest the student takes in the subject.  Shorthand is an intensely fascinating study.  If you do not already love it for its own sake, you will before many lessons have been studied.  Think of shorthand as the highest and most efficient form of writing which in itself is the greatest invention of man.  Be proud that you are learning to record language by means of the graceful curves, straight lines, and circles that make up the alphabet of shorthand.
          The possession of shorthand has been coveted by the wisest men and women for it is far more than a practical instrument in commercial work. It is a valued personal accomplishment in every walk of life.  Approach your daily lesson therefore from the view point of the artist, not merely from that of the bread-and-butter earner who sees in shorthand just a convenient tool for stenographic purposes.
          To the young man or the young woman, shorthand offers a great opportunity either as a career or as a stepping-stone.  Many of our most prominent public men owe their positions to the start that shorthand gave them.
What is Manufacturing?
          “Manufacturing is the transforming of the best possible materials into the best possible product for the consumer on a basis of a fair cost all around.  Competition should be disregarded because whoever does a thing best will be accepted as the one who ought to do it.  Have no enslavement to the past and no fear of the future.  Service before profit brings success.”

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