Circumstances Considered in Choice Callings

“The circumstances of persons are also to be considered in the choice of a calling. It is absurd to set those to follow a plough, who by the fortune they are to receive, might be qualified to fill the chair. But it is to be feared people more frequently err on the other side. Vanity and pride lead persons to choose for themselves, or those they are concerned for, callings superior to their substance, in hopes of some imaginary, fortuitous events, which seldom come to pass; upon this presumption they either enter into business upon a false foundation, and so sink into ruin, at any considerable disappointment; or else for want of a capital to engage in trade, they are obliged to remain in a state of servitude and dependence all their days” (Richard Steele, The Religious Tradesman).