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This month's piece comes from a time when air travel was relatively new to the public and could only be had by the wealthy as opposed to the cattle call we now experience. Hard to imagine it, but I remember having to get dressed up (suit and tie!) to be properly dressed to fly--and I'm not THAT old. Nevertheless, it's nice to look back and see how things were.
Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p. 172-174
Six Rules for Successful Work (Concluded from last month)
First, make your plan in writing. This forces you to be clear about your purpose. If you merely mull it over in your mind, all sorts of loopholes in your logic will escape you. Most of us do not realize how foggy our ideas are until we try to write them down in clear and simple sentences.
Second, compare it with the methods of the most successful men. The slavish imitation of other men’s plans is rarely wise but it is always wise to check your own plan against plans that other men have followed successfully when they faced similar problems.
Third, have it criticized in advanced by those it will affect. Those affected by your plan will inevitably criticize it after you put it in operation. They may find flaws in it. If you can get them to find the flaws before you begin working, you may save yourself many mistakes. And men who have been consulted about your plan are more likely to be friendly toward its operation.
Fourth, put it in operation. Otherwise, it remains merely a daydream.
Fifth, see that it keeps itself in operation until revoked. Until your plan keeps in operation automatically, you have not really organized it.
Sixth, keep the plan open to revision but do not allow it to be changed except after the most careful reasoning. You must not keep digging up your beans to see if they are growing. Be open-minded about your plan but remember that a mind can be so open that it is drafty. The best minds have swinging doors rather than open doors. They open for a draft of fresh information in order to close on a decision to be gladly opened again when the decision needs to be revised.—Glenn Frank
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