Buy a Red Shirt, Work Like Crazy

A young boy approached a wealthy contractor standing on the sidewalk surveying the tall office structure he was building. "Tell me, sir," the boy asked, "how can I be successful like you when I grow up?" The gray-haired builder smiled kindly then spoke in the tough language of his trade, "Easy son. Buy a red shirt and work like crazy." Knowing that you the youngster didn't understand, the wealthy builder of skyscrapers explained, pointing to the skeleton of his rising new structure, "See all those men up there? See that man in the red shirt? I don't even know his name. But I've been noticing how hard he works. One of these days I'm going to need a new superintendent. I'll go to that fellow and say--'Hey you in the red shirt--come here!' He'll get the big opportunity!" "You Can Become the Person You Want to Be," Robert H. Schuller (1973), at 22.

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