Initiative - Just Good Advice


The world bestows its big prizes, both in money and

in honors, for but one thing. And that is Initiative.

What is Initiative?

I’ll tell you: it is doing the right thing without being


But next to doing the thing without being told is to do

it when you are told once. That is to say, carry the

Message to Garcia: those who can carry a message get

high honors, but their pay is not always in proportion.

Next, there are those who never do a thing until they

are told twice; such get no honors and small pay.

Next, there are those who do the right thing only

when necessity kicks them from behind, and these get

indifference instead of honors, and a pittance for pay.

This kind spends most of its time polishing a bench

with a hard-luck story.

Then, still lower down in the scale than this, we have

fellow who will not do the right thing even when

some one goes along to show him how and stays to

see that he does it; he is always out of job, and receives

the contempt he deserves, unless he happens to have a

rich Pa, in which case Destiny patiently awaits around

a corner with a stuffed club.

To which class do you belong?