A self made man

A self made man is a man who has made himself what he is. By his own unaided efforts, he has pushed his way up from a low position to success and even fame. He is a believer in the proverb, (God helps those who help themselves) and he has proved the value of self-help. A good modern example of a self-made man is Morris, Lord Nuffield, the multimillionaire motor car designer and then a cycle repairing machine, if you want more examples, you will find plenty of them is Samuel Smiles’ book, “self-help”. We can read there the life stories of such men as James Watt, George Stephenson, Josiah Wedgwood, Richard Ark Wright, Pelisse the potter and hundreds more.

How did such men achieve success and rise to wealth, power and position of fame. It was because they possessed certain qualities, and used them to the full. Their lives exemplify the value and importance of such homely virtues as self-reliance, honesty, industry, perseverance and moral courage and of such qualities as energy and enterprise. In his preface to his book, “self-help”, Dr. Smiles says: the object of this book is to reticulate these old fashioned but wholesome lessons that youth must work in order to enjoy; that nothing creditable can be accomplished without application and diligence; that the student must not be daunted by difficulties, but conquer them by patience and perseverance; and that, above all, he must seek elevation of character, without which, capacity is worthless and worldly success nougat. These words sum up the powers of the self-made man. His success is due to a single aim, energy, self-reliance, industry, and perseverance, tenacity of purpose, courage and honesty.

But the self made man has his limitations. He is rarely a man of broad culture. Generally owing to his poor beginnings, he lacks a general education. All his energies have been confined to a single practical channel of industry; and he is inclined to despise scholarship and mental culture. So he is sometimes, narrow-minded and dogmatic. He is too, often rather blatantly proud of his success, and inclined to regardless successful man as weaklings. Disraeli neatly rebuked a man of this type who often boasted in his speeches in the House of Commons about himself. The honorable member, Disraeli, said is constantly telling us that he is a self made man; and he evidently adores his master.

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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