Love, Life and Work
How to Attain the Highest Happiness for One’s Self with the Least Possible Harm to Others by Elbert Hubbard
Focus on what you can do to improve your life.
• The importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude
• How to select and integrate new employees into your business
• That cooperation in the business world doesn’t happen by chance; it happens by sheer will
• Why initiative is essential for you and your team members
People still need to focus on their own attitudes and what they bring to a situation more than they focus on others’ actions. Employers still have to navigate the rocky terrain of mixing established employees with newly hired mavericks. And doing business is still a challenge.
The chapters on initiative, work and waste, time and chance, and mental attitude resonate with modern business owners and entrepreneurs. Hubbard gives no-nonsense tips and makes thought-provoking suggestions about how to live your life, both personally and professionally.
Here are a few questions and thoughts to help you get started.
1. Are your thoughts and actions leading you in the direction you want to go?
2. Consider adding a few minutes of quiet time or mediation to your daily routine. Give your
subconscious mind time and space to bring new ideas to light.
3. Ability is a key to success, but even more important is being able to recognize ability in others. Have you surrounded yourself with the right kind of people?
4. What can you do to be a better friend?
5. When it comes to initiative, there are three types of people: Those who do things without being prompted, those who need only to be prompted once and those who require multiple reminders. What category do you fall into?
6. Are you investing too much time and energy trying to move people to action? Apply the 80/20 rule: Spend 80 percent of your time working with the 20 percent of people who are ready and willing to work.
7. Hubbard wrote that the best way to help ourselves is to help others. Take a moment to do something for someone else today.