Keeping busy will help with anything you need to improve upon.
PRACTICE PRACTICE - PRACTICE.
This is the only true speed secret and the only road to stenographic success in any of its branches. Practice practice practice. Sir Walter Scott's advice to seekers for success was "never to be doing nothing." The immortal Franklin wrote that the golden way to success was to "keep busy." And Ovid, hundreds of years ago, wrote the following excellent advice: "To wish is of slight conse- quence; thou oughtest to desire with earnestness to be successful." Success in shorthand and typewrit- ing, like success in any walk of life, is earned only by those who "keep everlastingly at it." To perse- vere, to work faithfully for the desired end, and to economize every moment of the day is the key to success. The following anecdote taken from an old shorthand magazine will aptly illustrate the ad- vantage of utilizing spare time in practice:
"I happened in a busy man's office the other day, and while waiting to see him I was much im- pressed with the foolish waste of time his stenographer was indulging in. She sat in an easy chair, in a comfortable nook of the office, doing absolutely nothing. At her side was an elegant oak typewriter cabinet, in which rested a new Smith- Premier typewriter. I waited some fifteen minutes, and during all that time she sat there idly. After transacting my business with her employer, I was bold enough to' ask him in an undertone how he got along with his stenographer. He immediately responded: The girl I have is a fairly good short- hand writer, but is a very poor typewriter operator; her letters are full of mistakes, and she cannot operate the machine with any speed; but I suppose that is due to the fact that she has only a little work to do here each day; does not have enough practice, so I can't blame her.' 'Yes, you can,' said I. 'Both you and she are to blame. Now, let me give you a pointer. When she has no letters to write, put her to copying articles from newspapers, books, or anything to keep that machine busy all the time.' He thanked me, and thought it a capital idea, and when I met him a few days after, the very first thing he said to me was: 'Harrison, both my stenographer and I owe you a vote of thanks for that copying idea you gave me the other day; she has improved a hundred per cent in her typewriting and I intend to raise her salary next month.' '
.What applies to typewriting in this case will ap- ply equally well to shorthand. Don't be idle; utilize every spare moment and practice practice
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"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922