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workers who complain because of the smallness of their wages forget that they have perhaps not given a fair return even for their present wages.
5. No factor in early business experience is more vital than perseverance. Piqued by imaginary injustice or lack of appreciation, many young people throw up their positions and thus start the habit of drifting rapidly from one place to another. They do not realize what their employers have put up with in suffering from their inexperience and clumsiness. Of course the sooner one gets away from a place where he is a perfect misfit, the better. But the untrained person does not at once fit anywhere. Those who go from place to place, waiting until they are "suited," are doing themselves the great injustice of losing valuable apprenticeship somewhere, and are in danger of dropping at length into that hopeless class, known as "unemployables." This sort of dissatisfaction is not likely to arise if a student can find, for his vacation employment, some work that is akin to what he intends to make his future vocation. Such work is bound to be interesting and satisfying.
The Rule Book
One of the greatest business enterprises in this country is the firm of Marshall Field & Co., Chicago. This institution issues a "Rule Book," a copy of which is placed in the hands of every employee. Some quotations from this book will be suggestive as indicating what a model house expects of its young employees. The following terse and strong statement, printed at the beginning of this book, is entitled "The Marshall Field & Company Idea":
"To do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way; to do some things better 'than they were ever done before; to eliminate errors; to know both sides of the question; to be courteous; to be an example; to work for love of the work; to anticipate requirements; to develop resources; to recognize no impediment; to master circumstances; to act from reason rather than rule; to be satisfied with nothing short of perfection,"