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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

    Waldo Pondray Warren, who wrote this month's piece, was a frequent writer of business-related articles and stories. Given that this is being posted on Labor Day, I thought it might be appropriate to present this piece. Remember to strive to take the dictation, after sufficient practice, 20 words a minute faster than the speed you write for transcription purposes. The only way to write faster is to push your brain into writing faster. Also note that this a rather short piece and is too short for proper testing of shorthand speed; in other words, you should be able to write faster than usual since you'll be writing for a shorter period of time.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 69


Working for Yourself
          It is always a helpful thought for an employee to go about his work, not with the thought that he is working solely for his employer, but that he is really working for himself.
          “I always tell an employee,” said a merchant, “that he is working for himself just as much as if his name were over the door.  We furnish him capital, space to work in, and give him the benefit of our systems of handling merchandise and all that, but what he does is in a sense his own business.  If he sells goods or packs them for shipment or makes out bills, whatever he does contributes toward a portion of the net receipts of the store.  He is entitled to what he actually earns, minus what he pays for rent, capital, and other accessories.  If he does well, his business will grow and he will get the benefit of it.  And if he does not do well, he will make a failure of his business—just as if he were closed up by his creditors.  We can’t give him room if he won’t pay his rent or pay interest on the capital we lend him, and so he has to go out of business.  In many ways, he is virtually in business for himself and will stand or fall on his own efforts.
          Ability is capital.  A good way to get a proper view of a salary is to compare it with the interest on money invested.  If the average conservative investment be at 5 per cent, then a man whose personal efforts warrant a salary of $1,500 a year has the same income he would have if he had $30,000 invested.  If he gets in increase of $500 a year, he has increased his capital one-third.—Waldo Pondray Warren

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