He was so poor that he used to go out on the streets with a cart and pick out the coal that had fallen into the gutter from the coal trains. The boy, Edward Bock, never attended school for more than six years, yet he became one of the most successful magazine editors in American journalism. how could he? It is a long story, but his beginnings can be told in a few words. He began by using the principles outlined in this chapter. He left school at the age of thirteen and became an office boy in Western Union, but he did not spare even a moment to get an education, so he started educating himself.
He used to save the rent money and did not have lunch many times, so that Americans could buy the Encyclopaedia of Biography and after that he did a unique thing. He read biographies of famous people and asked for more information about his childhood. He was a good listener. He General James A. Wrote Garfield, who was contesting the president and asked if it was true that he worked in a canal and Garfield responded. He asked General Grant about a war and Grant made a map for him and called that fourteen-year-old to dinner and talked to him the whole evening.
Soon our Western Union messenger boy was in conversation with the most famous people in the country – Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Long Fellow, Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, Loisa May Alcott, General Sharman and Jefferson Davis! Not only did he talk to famous people, as he was discharged, he was also invited as a guest in their homes. This experience gave him a confidence, which was priceless. These people gave him a vision and ambition, which reshaped his life and all this, let me tremble, only when he tried the principles outlined here.
Isaac F Marcosan, a journalist who interviewed hundreds of celebrities, points out that many people are not able to make a good impression because they do not listen well. “They should not worry so much about what to say next! Isaac F. Markosan, a journalist who interviewed hundreds of celebrities, points out that many people are not able to make a good impression because they don’t listen well.” They should not worry so much about what to say next!