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The habit of taking the time to do things properly



   Mental habits:

     - the habit of taking the time to do a job properly

     - the habit of taking the time to find out how to do a job 
         properly 

     - the habit of taking the time to get a correct and proper 
         understanding of things 


   Q.  What gives a person the above mental habits?  Why do some 
     people have the habit of always doing things properly, always 
     doing them right? 

   A.  The personality trait of conscientiousness;  listening to 
     that voice within ourselves that tells us what we "ought to 
     do" --- and obeying it;  an honest concern for doing things 
     right, doing them in the best possible manner;  listening to 
     the voice of prudence within ourselves that tells us that 
     although taking the time to learn how to do things correctly 
     and then taking the time to do them correctly may take more 
     time in the short run it saves time in the long run. 

     Doing things properly and getting a correct and proper 
     understanding of things requires time, patience, persistence 
     and effort.  The person who has the above mental habits is 
     willing to take the required time, put in the required 
     effort, and has the patience and persistence that is required 
     to do a thing right.  The impatient type of person is not 
     willing to take the time.  The lazy person is not willing to 
     put in the effort required.  The conscientious person is, 
     almost by definition, both patient and persistent and hard 
     working. 



   The unconscientious person:

     - lazy; doesn't want to put in the work required to do it 
         right

     - careless, indifferent

     - impatient, always in a hurry

     - doesn't want to take the time to do a job properly 

     - doesn't want to take the time to find out how to do a job 
         properly 

     - doesn't want to take the time to acquire a correct and 
         proper understanding of things   

     - doesn't want to take the time to seek out the facts and 
         inquire into things before making judgments and decisions 

     - not seeking Truth, not seeking Understanding, not seeking 
         the best way of doing things 



   July 1992





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