MAY 01, 1959 by E.F. HUTTON
Mr. Hutton is the well-known industrialist, investment banker, and author of the column, “Think It Through.”
John Hartford, of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, hung a sign on the wall of his office. It read: “Ache and Pain Dept. Wirk."
He said, “I spell ‘work’ with an ‘i’ because I’m the only one around here who wirks."
Of course, he was “sorta” joking, because the A. & P. gives jobs to 100,000 folks, and it just couldn’t become the greatest food store in the world unless they wirked.
It couldn’t have lasted and grown for 100 years without a lot of aches and pains. But they all get cured by wirk.
If Mr. Hartford had lived in Ben Franklin’s time, the old philosopher would have put him in Poor Richard’s Almanac. He’d have told young folks: “If you’d get ahead in the world, put ‘i’ in your wirk."
A young man, applying for his first job, who doesn’t ask when his pension will begin, or how many paid holidays he’ll have, and so on, is sure to get and hold a good job.
A golden age is opening up for such young men and women. For they will have less competition than ever before!
The idea today is that you can have wealth without wirk. Just vote yourself rich!
That’s what the politicians tell us.
But unless Ben Franklin and John Hartford were completely wrong, we’ll find that the output of society can’t be greater than the input of wirkers.