Wattle’s Book Part 14
Getting into The Right Business
Success, in any particular business, depends for one thing
upon your possessing, in a well-developed state, the facul-
ties required in that business.
Without good musical faculty no one can succeed as a teacher
of music. Without well-developed mechanical faculties no one
can achieve great success in any of the mechanical trades. With-
out tact and the commercial faculties no one can succeed in mer-
cantile pursuits. But to possess in a well-developed state the fac-
ulties required in your particular vocation does not insure getting
rich. There are musicians who have remarkable talent, and who
yet remain poor. There are blacksmiths, carpenters, and so on
who have excellent mechanical ability, but who do not get rich.
And there are merchants with good faculties for dealing with
people who nevertheless fail.
The different faculties are tools. It is essential to have good
tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the
right way. One man can take a sharp saw, a square, a good plane,
and so on, and build a handsome article of furniture. Another
man can take the same tools and set to work to duplicate the
article, but his production will be a botch. He does not know
how to use good tools in a successful way.
The various faculties of your mind are the tools with which
you must do the work which is to make you rich. So it will be
easier for you to succeed if you get into a business for which you
are well equipped with mental tools.
Generally speaking, you will do best in that business which
will use your strongest faculties – the one for which you are
naturally ìbest fitted. – But there are limitations to this statement
also. No one should regard his vocation as being irrevocably
fixed by the tendencies with which he was born.
You can get rich in ANY business, for if you have not the right
talent, you can develop that talent. It merely means that you will
have to make your tools as you go along, instead of confining
yourself to the use of those with which you were born.
It will be easier for you to succeed in a vocation for which you
already have the talents in a well-developed state, but you can
succeed in any vocation, for you can develop any rudimentary talent, and
there is no talent of which you have not at least the rudiment.
You will get rich most easily in terms of effort, if you do that
for which you are best fitted, but you will get rich most satisfac-
torily if you do that which you want to do.
Doing what you want to do is life, and there is no real satisfac-
tion in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something
which we do not like to do and can never do what we want to
do. And it is certain that you can do what you want to do. The
desire to do it is proof that you have within you the power which
can do it.
Desire is a manifestation of power.
The desire to play music is the power which can play music
seeking expression and development. The desire to invent me-
chanical devices is the mechanical talent seeking expression and
Where there is no power, either developed or undeveloped,
to do a thing, there is never any desire to do that thing, and
where there is strong desire to do a thing, it is certain proof that
the power to do it is strong and only requires to be developed
and applied in the right way.
All other things being equal, it is best to select the business for
which you have the best developed talent, but if you have a strong
desire to engage in any particular line of work, you should se-
lect that work as the ultimate end at which you aim.
You can do what you want to do, and it is your right and privi-
lege to follow the business or avocation which will be most con-
genial and pleasant. You are not obliged to do what you do not
like to do, and should not do it except as a means to bring you to
the doing of the thing you want to do.
If there are past mistakes whose consequences have placed
you in an undesirable business or environment, you may be
obliged for some time to do what you do not like to do, but you
can make the doing of it pleasant by knowing that it is making it
possible for you to come to the doing of what you want to do.
If you feel that you are not in the right vocation, do not act too
hastily in trying to get into another one. The best way, generally,
to change business or environment is by growth.
Do not be afraid to make a sudden and radical change if the
opportunity is presented and you feel after careful consideration
that it is the right opportunity, but never take sudden or radical
action when you are in doubt as to the wisdom of doing so.
There is never any hurry on the creative plane, and there is no
lack of opportunity.
When you get out of the competitive mind you will under-
stand that you never need to act hastily. No one else is going to
beat you to the thing you want to do; there is enough for all. If
one space is taken, another and a better one will be opened for
you a little farther on; there is plenty of time. When you are in
doubt, wait. Fall back on the contemplation of your vision, and
increase your faith and purpose. And by all means, in times of
doubt and indecision, cultivate gratitude.
A day or two spent in contemplating the vision of what you
want and in earnest thanksgiving that you are getting it will bring
your mind into such close relationship with the supreme that
you will make no mistake when you do act.
There is a mind which knows all there is to know, and you can
come into close unity with this mind by faith and the purpose to
advance in life, if you have deep gratitude.
Mistakes come from acting hastily or from acting in fear or
doubt or in forgetfulness of the right motive, which is more life
to all, and less to none.
As you go on in the certain way, opportunities will come to
you in increasing number, and you will need to be very steady
in your faith and purpose, and to keep in close touch with the
supreme mind by reverent gratitude.
Do all that you can do in a perfect manner every day, but do it
without haste, worry, or fear. Go as fast as you can, but never
Remember that in the moment you begin to hurry you cease
to be a creator and become a competitor. You drop back upon
the old plane again.
Whenever you find yourself hurrying, call a halt. Fix your at-
tention on the mental image of the thing you want and begin to
give thanks that you are getting it. The exercise of GRATITUDE
will never fail to strengthen your faith and renew your purpose.
You can get rich in ANY business
Where there is
strong desire to do a
thing, it is certain proof
that the power to do it is
strong and only requires
to be developed and
applied in the right
Mistakes come from
acting hastily or from
acting in fear or doubt
or in forgetfulness of the
right motive, which is
more life to all, and less