I found the readings of reasons for failure very interesting and common. Many of their views are still recognized today as being grounds for men's failure. As discussed earlier, time can be seen as an important factor in cases of failure, "The man who has wasted the precious hours of life's seed-time finds that he cannot reap a harvest in life's autumn." "This habit of spending money uselessly has marred the fortunes of more young men than any other cause. It is a weakness that should be firmly and constantly resisted by everyone. " The inability of young business men to conserve their money was one which sent hundreds back into the debt and poverty that they started from. Few went from the hard laboring force to a prosperous, glorious lifestyle of a business man but when they did they found it extremely difficult not to show off their wealth or position in society. The 19th century was all about look at what I have and how I live. So if you did suddenly become a recent success you would try to fit in with the old money constantly. These writers also talk about the moral reasons for failure such as truthfulness, courteousness, and righteousness. "The simple fact is that many men enter upon a business career fore doomed to failure because they ignore the greatest of all laws, the law of righteousness." As a summary, the advice manual's tips to avoid failure were among others to use time productively, don't throw your money around stupidly, and never lose your morals. These reasons for failure where talked about to a great extent in the conversation 19th century, anytime one failed the reasons for his failure would be analyzed and discussed by all.
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