Life Lessons From the 1900s That Are Still Relevant Today

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Keep learning

It wasn’t until the early part of the 20th century that child-labor laws were enacted and children had to attend school. By 1900, 31 states required children aged 8 to 14 to attend school. After school, lifelong learning was limited to what one read in books and newspapers. Today, lifelong learning is important for personal and professional development and more accessible.

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Worry is stressful

The early part of the 20th century was called “The Age of Anxiety,” with European powers vying for military supremacy. Even though those concerns were an ocean away from the United States, Americans were concerned about getting drawn into the gathering storm. Today, the stress comes from external factors such as terrorism as well as concerns about paying for college to saving for retirement.

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There are no shortcuts to doing things correctly

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” In other words, there are no shortcuts to success. That was an axiom known to those in the early 20th century, and it applies to today.

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Don’t procrastinate

It’s easy to procrastinate and put off what needs to be done. The Bible and ancient writings imposed a moral imperative on avoiding procrastination.

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Consider what you say

Once you’ve said something, there is no taking back your word choice. People in the early 20th century were aware of this.