Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

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Why a stone should want to gather moss, it is hard to say. But the proverb is an old one, and everyone knows what it means. The "rolling stone" is the man who is always changing his occupations and pursuits, and never settles down steady to anything. Popular wisdom says that such a fickle and unreliable person makes but little out of life. The popular fable of the farmer who dug many shallow wells in his farm in search of water is a fine illustration. Had he dug deep at one place, he would have definitely found water. There is, no doubt, a great deal of truth in this. In these days of keen business competition and specialization, a man must choose a trade or profession and stick to it if he is to achieve any success. Steady application and hard work at one job are essential. A man who starts one kind of business, and getting tired of it, tries another, and then gives that up for a third, cannot hope to get on in any. Constantly chop-ping and changing, he cannot expect to produce any satisfactory results by his dissipated efforts. As the proverb says, "He, who hunts two hares, loses both". The same is true of studies. A student who is desultory in his studies fails to achieve good grades. He loses valuable time ‘rolling’ from subject to subject, thereby mastering none. The student who takes up mathematics, and then goes in for history, and tired of that, takes up science, and drops this again for literature, will be "Jack of all trades and master of none". Still, there is something to be said for "rolling stones." Adventurers, explorers, travelers, and discoverers are generally men of restless energy who could never settle down to any steady occupations. Yet the world owes much to such rolling stones; for even though they gather no "moss" for themselves, they certainly gather much for the world, in the shape of new knowledge. But these are men apart. Hence it is important to do one thing at a time. If we try to do two things at once, we will be able to do...
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