A closer look at President James Garfield's career and life reveal interesting lessons
about work, frugality, and success. Here are 4 of those lessons.
Read more often.
President James Garfield's
Lawnfield home includes a library
that houses the thousands of books he read and collected over his
lifetime. Many of his biographies make reference to his love for reading.
He read books about hundreds of topics and became a well rounded
individual capable of conversing about any number of topics. His reading
began at the age of three and never stopped. His studies allowed him to
become a well rounded individual capable of conversing about any number of
topics, in addition to learning foreign languages.
Set an example for your children.
One of the primary reasons James Garfield bought the property in Mentor,
Ohio, that would become
Lawnfield, was that it offered an
opportunity to perform farm work. Garfield believed that working with your
hands / completing hard physical labor would help develop a strong work
ethic in his sons. He realized early on that the lifestyle they could
afford had the potential to spoil children, thus he invested in teaching
his kids the value of hard work early in their lives.
Save money and time by working at home.
Many of us dream of giving up the traffic jams and construction zones by
working at home. James Garfield saw the value of turning his home into a
workplace as well. When he was running for the Presidency, James Garfield
would hold many campaigning events on his front lawn and on his porch.
That is how it got the name
Lawnfield, given to the home by reporters
who would sit on the front lawn and report what the Presidential candidate
was saying. Additionally, his campaign office was built on the property.
Lawnfield was also built alongside a
railroad track which allowed railroad cars to conveniently stop at
Lawnfield to drop off and pick up visitors!
Watch your back.
Garfield was shot in the back on July 2, 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau. Guiteau
was a disgruntled job seeker who felt shunned by the President. Back then
the President did not have bodyguards. Garfield was simply on his way to
deliver a speech and was accompanied by two of his sons, James and Harry,
and Secretary of State James Blaine. Garfield's assassination is a strong
reminder that no matter how well your career is going there are plenty of
situations that would take it all away from you rather quickly. While most
of us will never have to face a cowardly assassin at work, we do face plenty
of other challenges. Watching your back for
trouble that may be lurking at work could be just as important
at looking forward for