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     We have yet another selection where the proper use of English at the time of its writing would use "he" and "his" to apply to a secretary as there were still many male secretaries in the workforce. Don't let that dissuade you from practicing on this piece. As with other postings from this same book, the take is too short for adequate testing at speeds over 100 wpm.

Applied Secretarial Practice, The Gregg Publishing Company, 1934, p 306

Interest in Work

            Interest is one of the most powerful qualities a secretary can summon for promotion efficiency, progress, and happiness in his work.  Without interest, we drift along with the current—and never get anywhere.  The clock watchers and dawdlers are those who, having no interest, long for the day’s business to end.

            Interest should extend beyond the immediate duties a secretary performs.  He should take an interest in every phase of the business in which he is engaged—his employer’s activities, the policies of the business, the technical end of it.

            A secretary must be practically a walking encyclopedia, powered with a good sixteen-cylinder initiative motor.  There is no fact or piece of information in connection with a business that will not at some time be of value to him, if it can be called into service when needed.  Interest will assist him in his judgments of the relative value of duties he is expected to perform.  It will serve as a motive to assume larger responsibilities, and thus increase his field of usefulness.

            Interest is what transforms a task into a delightful pastime.  Business is full of romance.  Lack of interest is due, in a large measure, to a lack of imagination and enthusiasm.

            One of the most frequent sources of lack of interest of a secretary or a stenographer is the feeling that his work is only temporary; he has ambition to get into some other field of work and is using his knowledge of secretarial duties merely as a point of contact with business.

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