Analyzing Character eBook

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Some intellects are particularly fine in critical powers; some have splendid financial ability; some are artistic and musical; some have almost miraculous instinct in mechanical affairs; some are scientific; others are mechanical; still others are inventive.  There are many intellects, of course, which combine two or more of these qualities, as, for instance, an intellect blessed with both financial and organizing ability.  This is the intellect of the captain of industry, of the multi-millionaire.  Then there is the intellect which combines financial, inventive, and organizing ability.  This is the intellect of Edison, of Westinghouse, of Curtis, of the Wright brothers, of Marconi, and of Cyrus McCormick.  Herbert Spencer was blessed with an intellect capable of both philosophic and scientific thought, both theoretical and practical.  Spencer had also great organizing ability, but he devoted it to the organizing of a system of philosophy based upon his scientific researches.


Emotional requirements are many and varied; even more numerous and of greater variety than intellectual requirements, perhaps.  Some vocations require great courage, others not; some require a great deal of sympathy; others demand a certain hardness and control of the sympathies.  There are vocations which require a keen sense of justice; others in which the presence or absence of a sense of justice is not essential.  And so, there must be taken into consideration requirements for honor, for love, for loyalty, for dependableness, for enthusiasm, for unselfishness, for caution, for prudence, for religion, for faith, for hope, for optimism, for cheerfulness, for contentment, for earnestness, and for reverence.


Honesty is laid down by all authorities on employment as absolutely essential to success in any vocation, but there are many kinds of honesty and many standards of honesty.  As a matter of fact, each man has his own standard of honesty.  After all, it is, perhaps, not so much a question of what a man’s standards are as how well he lives up to them.  We recall, especially, the cases of two men associated together in business.  One man set his standards high.  Intellectually, he knew the value of ethics in conduct.  He truly wished to make practical in his dealings the high principles he admired.  But his cupidity was strong and his will and courage were weak, so he oftentimes argued himself, by specious casuistry, into words and acts which were untruthful and dishonest.  Oftentimes, indeed, they came dangerously near to actual crimes against the laws of the State.  The other man had rather limited standards of honesty.  His motto was, “Let the buyer beware!” If those with whom he dealt were as strong and intelligent as he, and he was clever enough to take advantage of them, he regarded the

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