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Is Opportunity Monopolized?

Friday, February 06, 2009

This particular section of the book (The Science of Getting Rich) really underscores the era and the times in which it was written. I found it very interesting to read about business opportunities and monopolies from the our current perspective of more than 100 years later. I also found his talk about the "working class" vs the "master class" somewhat disconcerting. It makes me wonder what things will look like 100 years from now.

No man is kept poor because opportunity has been taken away from him; because other people have monopolized the wealth, and have put a fence around it. You may be shut off from engaging business in certain lines, but there are other channels open to you.

Probably it would be hard for you to get control of any of the great railroad systems; that field is pretty well monopolized. But the electric railway business is still in its infancy, and offers plenty of scope for enterprise; and it will be but a very few years until traffic and transportation through the air will become a great industry, and in all its branches will give employment to hundreds and thousands, and perhaps to millions of people. Why not turn your attention to the development of aerial transportation, instead of competing with J J Jill and others for a chance in the steam railway world?

It is quite true that if you are a workman in the employ of the steel trust you have very little chance of becoming the owner of the plant in which you work; but it is also true that if you will commence to act in a Certain Way, you can soon leave the employ of the steel trust; you can buy a farm of from ten to forty acres, and engage in business as a producer of foodstuffs. There is great opportunity at this time for men who will live upon small tracts of land and cultivate the same intensively; such men will certainly get rich. You may say that it is impossible for you to get the land, but I am going to prove to you that it is not impossible, and that you can certainly get a farm if you will go to work in a Certain Way.

At different periods the tide of opportunity sets in different directions, according to the needs of the Whole, and the particular stage of social evolution which has been reached. At present, in America, it setting toward agriculture and the allied industries and professions. To-day, opportunity is open before the farmer in his line more than before the factory worker in his line. It is open before the business man who supplies the farmer more than before the one who supplies the factory worker; and before the professional man who waits upon the farmer more than before the one who serves the working class.

There is abundance of opportunity for the man who will go with the tide, instead of trying to swim against it.

So the factory workers, either as individuals or as a class, are not deprived of opportunity. The workers are not being "kept down" by their masters; they are not being "ground" by the trusts and combinations of capital. As a class, they are where they are because they do not do things in a Certain Way.

If the workers of America chose to do so, they could follow the example of their brothers in Belgium and other countries, and establish great department stores and co-operative industries; they could elect men of their own class to office, and pass laws favoring the development of such co-operative industries; and in a few years they could take peaceable possession of the industrial field.

The working class may become the master class whenever they will begin to do things in a Certain Way; the law of wealth is the same for them as it is for all others. This they must learn; and they will remain where they are as long as they continue to do as they do. The individual worker, however, is not held down by the ignorance or the mental slothfulness of his class; he can follow the tide of opportunity to riches, and this book will tell him how.

~from The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D Wattles

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What are your thoughts about opportunities to create wealth?
Is that something you want?
What are the limitations you see in your own life?
Who has a monopoly on what you want to do?


Anonymous said...

creating wealth, opportunities. yes i welcome new and other opportunities to create walth in my life....limitations may only be my faith in this process of trusting blindly....i have difficulty doing what i want because i believe many people 'beat me to it'....and somehow that diminishes the beauty of it for me...ok i hear several limitatoins even as i i go tapping...delibes

Shirley Twofeathers said...

I hear you delibes - blind faith is not something I do well either - I'm always looking for a seeing eye dog - I don't even trust that cane!

Once I got over the idea that I deserve to be punished - and took on the idea that I have a "rich dad" and that it would be OK for me to be a metaphysical Paris Hilton - and started thinking that I really COULD have more than just enough to make it through the week...

I found that I have some really good ideas on how to "make money"... how to share what I enjoy sharing. And when I take away the idea that other people do those things "better" than I do - it gets even more fun to think about.

I can't wait to get to that CERTAIN WAY!!

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