Pleasing chimeras

“But though we may form pleasing chimeras of the advantage of attending other employments than our own; yet it will usually be found, that if the calling wherein we have been educated, and with which we are best acquainted, will not answer our desires; we are not likely to meet with better success in those employments, to the nature and difficulties of which we are strangers. And therefore persons should be very cautious how they undertake a change of this kind; and see that they have a proper knowledge of the nature of their new employment, and suitable abilities for conducting it, as well as a reasonable prospect of advantage from it. As to each of which, it will be proper to take the opinion of wise and experienced friends” (Richard Steele, The Religious Tradesman).

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