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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,558 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,675
Added to site: 2009.03.23 23755
Genres: Humor, Essays, Business

Funny? Yes. But it's more than funny. It's a straight-from-the-shoulder lesson in efficiency that will do a world of good to every one who reads it.

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I've got eight tons of coal in, but I'll have to get more in as soon as I can--and six----" Then I have to begin at the beginning again with "Seven and six are thirteen, and five are eighteen----"

The reason children don't get their examples right in school is because they don't concentrate on the matter in hand, and the reason men don't get their lives right is because they don't concentrate on the matter of making good at what they know is the business of their lives--success. If you stop a moment and think of the men you know who are not successes, but who might be successes, you will find they are goat-feather gatherers. Anything that leads a man aside from the straight path to his goal is a goat-feather. Every useless side line is a goat-feather. Every unnecessary distraction is a goat-feather. Nine tenths of the things I do are goat-feathers.

I don't mind telling you that I consider myself a very, very wonderful man. Nobody but a most remarkable man could spend so much time in the goat-fea

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Andrew Ives

Surprisingly amusing and especially applicable to today's living, Goat-Feathers shows how a man, an author, can be waylaid from obtaining his deserved success by those million and one every day concentration-breaking little wastes of time we all get annoyed by. What Butler would've made of Facebook, the internet, mobile phones, spam email and a zillion channels of television would've been fun to read. Recommended.



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