What it is
Some men are in the habit of doing their duties in time. They attend office in time, they open their shops in time, they go to see a person in time. This habit of doing a thing in time is called punctuality.
Punctuality is a good habit. It saves much of our time. Many things can be done within a short time if we are punctual. Time does not wait for anybody. If time is once gone we cannot bring it back. We leave many things often undone. It is, therefore, a loss to us. Punctuality helps us in gaining success in life. A punctual man is treated with respect. He saves his own time. He does not cause inconvenience to others. Men have faith in such a person. So they do not hesitate to entrust him with a responsible work.
Punctual and unpunctual men contrasted—When we contrast a punctual man with an unpunctual one, we can mark the difference. A punctual man does his duties in time. He may have some urgent piece of business at some place. It may be that he will have to go there by train or steamer. If he reaches the station in time, he may go there and finish his business without difficulty. If the man is unpunctual, he reaches the station too late. He fails to catch the train or steamer. He is unable to go to his place of business. His work is not done. His absence causes a great loss to him. He cannot recover this loss afterwards. He then repents of his being late by a few minutes. It is said that one of Napoleon's generals was bit too late in reaching a place and Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo. This battle decided the fate of Napoleon. Had that general been punctual, Napoleon might have won the battle. It was a terrible loss to him. It led to his downfall. A punctual boy does his duties in time. He is never behind time. He wins success. An unpunctual boy, on the other hand, is always behind time. He cannot finish his work in time. He always feels the want of time. He cannot win success in life.
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