Excerpt from What Shall Our Boys Do for a Living
Thousands of fathers and mothers are anxiously considering their son's careers, while hundreds of thousands of boys all over the land are picturing their future in glowing colors. In other countries the parents usually decide s... uch matters, but Young America likes to act for himself. Next to selecting a wife, the choice of a calling is the most important act of a man's life. If he makes a mistake he may change later on, but it is better to start right and avoid getting the square peg in the round hole. Mrs. Browning says: The cygnet finds the water, but the man Is born in ignorance of his element.
Cromwell and Hampden had reached middle age before they entered on their true vocation. Grant tanned and Sherman taught school until the Civil War brought them Opportunity. Many other notable men and women never discovered themselves, as the French say, until they had waited and struggled for years.
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