Quote of the day:
“The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
At one time Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He came from his native Scotland. When he was a small boy, he did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States (U.S. Steel). At one time he had forty-three millionaires working for him. In those days a millionaire was a rare person; conservatively speaking, a million dollars in those days would be equivalent to at least twenty million dollars today.
One day, a reporter asked Carnegie how it was that he had hired forty-three millionaires. Carnegie responded that the men had not been millionaires when they started working for him, but had become millionaires only as a result.
The reporter’s next question was, “Well, how did you develop these men to become so valuable to you that you paid them that much money?” Carnegie replied that people are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt and stone must be moved first to get an ounce of gold, but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt-one goes in looking for gold.
That’s exactly the way we should view people. Don’t look for the flaws and imperfections. Look for the gold, not the dirt; the good, not the bad. Look for the positive aspects of life. Like everything else, the more good qualities we look for in people, the more we are going to find.