Wattle’s Book Part 17
Some Cautions and
Many people will scoff at the idea that there is an exact sci-
ence of getting rich. Holding the impression that the sup-
ply of wealth is limited, they will insist that social and
governmental institutions must be changed before even any con-
siderable number of people can acquire a competence.
But this is not true.
It is true that existing governments keep the masses in pov-
erty, but this is because the masses do not think and act in the
If the masses begin to move forward as suggested in this book,
neither governments nor industrial systems can check them; all sys-
tems must be modified to accommodate the forward movement.
If the people have the advancing mind, have the faith that they
can become rich, and move forward with the fixed purpose to
become rich, nothing can possibly keep them in poverty.
Individuals may enter upon the certain way at any time and
under any government and make themselves rich. And when
any considerable number of individuals do so under any gov-
ernment, they will cause the system to be so modified as to open
the way for others.
The more people who get rich on the competitive plane, the
worse for others. The more who get rich on the creative plane,
the better for others.
The economic salvation of the masses can only be accomplished
by getting a large number of people to practice the scientific
method set down in this book and become rich. These will show
others the way and inspire them with a desire for real life, with
the faith that it can be attained, and with the purpose to attain it.
For the present, however, it is enough to know that neither the
government under which you live nor the capitalistic or com-
petitive system of industry can keep you from getting rich. When
you enter upon the creative plane of thought you will rise above
all these things and become a citizen of another kingdom.
But remember that your thought must be held upon the creative
plane. You are never for an instant to be betrayed into regarding
the supply as limited or into acting on the moral level of competition.
Whenever you do fall into old ways of thought, correct your-
self instantly. For when you are in the competitive mind, you
have lost the cooperation of the supreme mind.
Do not spend any time in planning as to how you will meet
possible emergencies in the future, except as the necessary poli-
cies may affect your actions today. You are concerned with do-
ing today’s work in a perfectly successful manner and not with
emergencies which may arise tomorrow. You can attend to them
as they come.
Do not concern yourself with questions as to how you shall
surmount obstacles which may loom upon your business hori-
zon unless you can see plainly that your course must be altered
today in order to avoid them. No matter how tremendous an
obstruction may appear at a distance, you will find that if you
go on in the certain way it will disappear as you approach it, or
that a way over, under, through, or around it will appear.
No possible combination of circumstances can defeat a man
or woman who is proceeding to get rich along strictly scientific
lines. No man or woman who obeys the law can fail to get rich,
any more than one can multiply two by two and fail to get four.
Give no anxious thought to possible disasters, obstacles, pan-
ics, or unfavorable combinations of circumstances. There is time
enough to meet such things when they present themselves be-
fore you in the immediate present, and you will find that every
difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its overcoming.
Guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or
of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way. Never
admit the possibility of failure or speak in a way that infers failure
as a possibility.
Never speak of the times as being hard or of business conditions
as being doubtful. Times may be hard and business doubtful for
those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for
you. You can create what you want, and you are above fear.
When others are having hard times and poor business, you
will find your greatest opportunities.
Train yourself to think of and to look upon the world as some-
thing which is becoming, which is growing, and to regard seem-
ing evil as being only that which is undeveloped. Always speak
in terms of advancement. To do otherwise is to deny your faith,
and to deny your faith is to lose it.
Never allow yourself to feel disappointed. You may expect to
have a certain thing at a certain time and not get it at that time,
and this will appear to you like failure. But if you hold to your
faith you will find that the failure is only apparent.
Go on in the certain way, and if you do not receive that thing,
you will receive something so much better that you will see that
the seeming failure was really a great success.
A student of this science had set his mind on making a certain
business combination which seemed to him at the time to be very
desirable, and he worked for some weeks to bring it about. When
the crucial time came, the thing failed in a perfectly inexplicable
way. It was as if some unseen influence had been working se-
cretly against him.
But he was not disappointed. On the contrary, he thanked God
that his desire had been overruled, and went steadily on with a
grateful mind. In a few weeks an opportunity so much better
came his way that he would not have made the first deal on any
account, and he saw that a mind which knew more than he knew
had prevented him from losing the greater good by entangling
himself with the lesser.
That is the way every seeming failure will work out for you, if
you keep your faith, hold to your purpose, have gratitude, and
do “every day” all that can be done that day, doing each
separate act in a successful manner.
When you make a failure, it is because you have not asked for
enough. Keep on, and a larger thing then you were seeking will
certainly come to you. Remember this.
You will not fail because you lack the necessary talent to do
what you wish to do. If you go on as I have directed, you will
develop all the talent that is necessary to the doing of your work.
It is not within the scope of this book to deal with the science of
cultivating talent, but it is as certain and simple as the process of
getting rich. However, do not hesitate or waver for fear that when
you come to any certain place you will fail for lack of ability. Keep
right on, and when you come to that place, the ability will be fur-
nished to you. The same source of ability which enabled the un-
taught Lincoln to do the greatest work in government ever accom-
plished by a single person is open to you. You may draw upon all
the mind there is for wisdom to use in meeting the responsibilities
which are laid upon you. Go on in full faith.
Study this book. Make it your constant companion until you
have mastered all the ideas contained in it. While you are getting
firmly established in this faith, you will do well to give up most
recreations and to stay away from places where ideas conflict-
ing with these are advanced in lectures or sermons. Do not read
pessimistic or conflicting literature or get into arguments upon
Spend most of your leisure time in contemplating your vision,
in cultivating gratitude, and in reading this book. It contains all
you need to know of the science of getting rich, and you will
find all the essentials summed up in the following chapter.
The more people who
get rich on the
competitive plane, the
worse for others. The
more who get rich on
the creative plane, the
better for others.
Guard your speech.
Never speak of yourself,
your affairs, or of
anything else in a
When you make a
failure, it is because you
have not asked for
enough. Keep on, and a
larger thing than you
were seeking will
certainly come to you.
Spend most of your
leisure time in
vision, in cultivating
gratitude, and in reading