2-065 To Louise Mills, October 9, 1939

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 9, 1939

To Louise Mills1

October 9, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Miss Mills:

I have just this moment read your note of inquiry as to how I achieved whatever success has been mine.

I am so busy these days that I have not time for sober reflection on the question of just how things were managed in my career, but—not to be quoted and more or less for your eye only—I rather think that giving the best I had to each job and not permitting myself to grow pessimistic over the slow progress or inevitable discouragements, were the most important factors. When one is young, there is great impatience with the slow development of a career, but it is a long race and the more firm the foundation of the “20’s”, the more the certainty of success after 50.

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Louise Mills, a high school student from Seattle, Washington, wrote to Marshall as part of an assignment for a personal achievement class. The assignment was to ask a person of renown how he had achieved success. (Mills to Marshall, n.d., GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 78.

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