Wattle’s Book Part 16
The Advancing Person
What I have said in the last chapter applies as well to the
professional person and the wage-earner as to the person
who is engaged in selling or any other form of business.
No matter whether you are a physician, a teacher, or a clergy-
man, if you can give increase of life to others and make them
sensible of that fact, they will be attracted to you, and you will
The physician who holds the vision of himself as a great and
successful healer, and who works toward the complete realiza-
tion of that vision with faith and purpose, as described in former
chapters, will come into such close touch with the source of life
that he will be phenomenally successful; patients will come to
him in throngs.
No one has a greater opportunity to carry into effect the teach-
ing of this book than the practitioner of medicine. It does not
matter to which of the various schools he may belong, for the
principle of healing is common to all of them and may be reached
by all alike. The “advancing person” in medicine, who holds to
a clear mental image of himself as successful, and who obeys the
laws of faith, purpose, and gratitude, will cure every curable
case he undertakes.
In the field of religion, the world cries out for the clergyman
who can teach his hearers the true science of abundant life. He
who masters the details of the science of getting rich, together
with the allied sciences of being well, of being great, and of win-
ning love, and who teaches these details from the pulpit, will
never lack for a congregation.
This is a gospel that the world needs; it will give increase of life,
and people will hear it gladly and give liberal support to the person
who brings it to them.
What is now needed is a demonstration of the science of life
from the pulpit. We want preachers who can not only tell us
how, but who in their own persons will show us how. We need
the preacher who will himself be rich, healthy, great, and be-
loved, to teach us how to attain to these things, and when he
comes he will find a numerous and loyal following.
The same is true of the teacher who can inspire the children
with the faith and purpose of the advancing life. He will never
be “out of a job.” And any teacher who has this faith and pur-
pose can give it to his pupils. He cannot help giving it to them if
it is part of his own life and practice.
What is true of the teacher, preacher, and physician is true of
the lawyer, dentist, real estate agent, insurance agent – of ev-
The combined mental and personal action I have described is
infallible; it cannot fail. Every man and woman who follows these
instructions steadily, perseveringly, and to the letter, will get
rich. The law of the increase of life is as mathematically certain
in its operation as the law of gravity. Getting rich is an exact
The wage-earner will find this as true of his case as of any of
the others mentioned. Do not feel that you have no chance to get
rich because you are working where there is no visible opportu-
nity for advancement, where wages are small and the cost of
living high. Form your clear mental vision of what you want,
and begin to act with faith and purpose.
Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of
work in a perfectly successful manner. Put the power of success
and the purpose to get rich into everything that you do.
But do not do this merely with the idea of currying favor with
your employer, in the hope that he, or those above you, will see
your good work and advance you. It is not likely that they will
do so. The person who is merely a “good” worker, filling his
place to the very best of his ability and satisfied with that, is
valuable to his employer, and it is not to the employer’s interest
to promote him. He is worth more where he is.
To secure advancement, something more is necessary than to
be too large for your place.
The person who is certain to advance is the one who is too big
for his place, who has a clear concept of what he wants to be,
who knows that he can become what he wants to be, and who is
determined to be what he wants to be.
Do not try to more than fill your present place with a view to
pleasing your employer. Do it with the idea of advancing your-
self. Hold the faith and purpose of increase during work hours,
after work hours, and before work hours. Hold it in such a way
that every person who comes in contact with you, whether fore-
man, fellow worker, or social acquaintance, will feel the power
of purpose radiating from you – so that everyone will get the
sense of advancement and increase from you. People will be at-
tracted to you, and if there is no possibility for advancement in
your present job, you will very soon see an opportunity to take
There is a power which never fails to present opportunity to
the advancing personality who is moving in obedience to law.
God cannot help helping you if you act in a certain way. He
must do so in order to help himself.
There is nothing in your circumstances or in the industrial situ-
ation that can keep you down. If you cannot get rich working for
the steel trust, you can get rich on a ten-acre farm. And if you
begin to move in the certain way, you will certainly escape from
the “clutches” of the steel trust and get on to the farm or wher-
ever else you wish to be.
If a few thousands of its employees would enter upon the cer-
tain way, the steel trust would soon be in a bad plight. It would
have to give its workers more opportunity or go out of business.
Nobody has to work for a trust. The trusts can keep people in so
called hopeless conditions only so long as there are people who
are ignorant of the science of getting rich or too intellectually
slothful to practice it.
Begin this way of thinking and acting, and your faith and pur-
pose will make you quick to see any opportunity to better your
condition. Such opportunities will speedily come, for the supreme
power, working in all and working for you, will bring them be-
Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be.
When an opportunity to be more than you are now is presented
and you feel impelled toward it, take it. It will be the first step
toward a greater opportunity.
There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of
opportunities for the person who is living the advancing life.
It is inherent in the constitution of the cosmos that all things
shall be for him and work together for his good, and he must
certainly get rich if he acts and thinks in the certain way. So let
wage-earning men and women study this book with great care
and enter with confidence upon the course of action it prescribes.
It will not fail.
if you can give
increase of life to others
and make them sensible
of that fact, they will be
attracted to you, and
you will get rich.
The person who is
certain to advance is the
one who is too big for
his place, who has a
clear concept of what
he wants to be, who
knows that he can
become what he wants
to be, and who is
determined to be what
he wants to be.
There is no such thing
possible in this universe
as a lack of
opportunities for the
person who is living the