“It is easier to adjust ourselves to the hardships of a poor living than it is to adjust ourselves to the hardships of making a better one.”
Albert Gray, The Common Denominator of Success
The following is excerpted from Elbert Hubbard’s classic work “A Message To Garcia”, copyright 1914. This little gem helped me immensely during my apprenticeship, when I was at the mercy of an employer that I very frequently disagreed with. At the time I was extremely frustrated and unable to reconcile my present situation with my future goals. This short piece helped to provide some much-needed perspective which was to greatly assist in an attitude change that benefited myself as well as everyone around me. Ultimately, the experience shaped my career in this trade and my viewpoint on production tree work, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I can only hope that this helps others as much as it helped me.
If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name work for him. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn, and eternally disparage, why, resign your position, and when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content. But, I pray you, so long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it. Not that you will injure the institution – not that – but when you disparage the concern of which you are a part, you disparage yourself.
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