When I first read The Busy Man’s Creed, I was unaware of Elbert Hubbard, who died in 1915 on the torpedo-sunken Lusitania. He was the author of A Message To Garcia, an inspirational classic. Now, decades later, his books fill two 3-foot shelves in my library. Enjoy!
The Busy Man’s Creed*:
I believe in the stuff I am handing out, in the firm I am working for, and in my ability to get results.
I believe that honest stuff can be passed out to honest men by honest methods.
I believe in working, not weeping; in boosting, not knocking; and in the pleasure of my job.
I believe that a man gets what he goes after, that one deed done today is worth two deeds tomorrow, and that no man is down and out until he has lost faith in himself.
I believe in today and the work I am doing; in tomorrow, and the work I hope to do, and in the sure reward which the future holds.
I believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in good-cheer, in friendship and in honest competition.
I believe there is something doing, somewhere, for every man ready to do it.
I believe I’m ready—RIGHT NOW!
—Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
*From The Notebook of Elbert Hubbard, published by The Roycrofters, 1927