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Like Causes Always Produce Like Effects

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

There is a Science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty.

The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way; those who do things in this Certain 'way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich; while those who do not do things in this Certain Way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor.

It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this Certain Way will infallibly get rich.

That the above statement is true is shown by the following facts:

Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for, if it were, all the people in certain neighborhoods would become wealthy; the people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be poor; or the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be in poverty.

But everywhere we see rich and poor living side by side, in the same environment, and often engaged in the same vocations. When two men are in the same locality, and in the same business, and one gets rich while the other remains poor, it shows that getting rich is not, primarily, a matter of environment.

Some environments may be more favorable than others, but when two men in the same business are in the same neighborhood, and one gets rich while the other fails, it indicates that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.

And further, the ability to do things in this Certain Way is not due solely to the possession of talent, for many people who have great talent remain poor, while others who have very little talent get rich.

Studying the people who have got rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects, having no greater talents and abilities than other men. It is evident that they do not get rich because they possess talents and abilities that other men have not, but because they happen to do things in a Certain Way.

Getting rich is not the result of saving, or "thrift"; many very penurious people are poor, while free spenders often get rich.

Nor is getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do; for two men in the same business often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains poor or becomes a bankrupt.

From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.

If getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way, and if like causes always produce like effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich, and the whole matter is brought within the domain of exact science.

The question arises here, whether this Certain Way may not be so difficult that only a few may follow it. This cannot be true, as we have seen, so far as natural ability is concerned. Talented people get rich, and blockheads get rich; and very stupid people get rich; physically strong people get rich, and weak and sickly people get rich.

Some degree of ability to think and understand is, of course, essential; but in so far as natural ability is concerned, any man or woman who has sense enough to read and understand these words can certainly get rich.

Also we have seen that it is not a matter of environment. Location counts for something; one would not go to the heart of the Sahara and expect to do successful business.

Getting rich involves the necessity of dealing with men, and of being where there are people to deal with; and if these people are inclined to deal in the way you want to deal, so much the better. But that is about as far as environment goes.

If anybody else in your town can get rich, so can you; and if anybody else in your state can get rich, so can you.

~The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D Wattles

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Do you have a list of reasons why you can't be rich?
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Anonymous said...

the list in my head has always been the same. i feel stuck and small. i can't imagine what people would give me money for, enough to consider myself rich. as i take the first steps to working for myselfthis year i wonder how the sevral activities i engage in that can bring in money can support me in a wealthy way and alow me to feel vital and not burnt out. i welcome that state of life openly and i accept new opportunities. in the past i've managed free lancing on this and that and loved it. at the moment my big issue seems to be that i am alone and i believe i can't do it by myself. i don't want to do it by myself -- oops did i say that?! ok now i know what to work on, i am afraid to fail and have no safety net. and i live the angst of just having enough, usually and i really want that to go away. there is no reason that i can't be successful and wealthy on my own. as i say that i hear my little girl inside wimper - wow ok time for some inner work. bless you all. t seems that i can only post under anonymous so i guess that's my new name for now. delibes

Mark said...

"Do you have a list of reasons why you can't be rich?"
- Whatever reasoning that's antithetical to being rich, would be wrongminded, and wronghearted.
- Whatever i consider reasons, then, are merely excuses.
- I feel that i can't be rich, because there's something 'stopping', or heavy in me, that prevents me from attaining my truest purpose, of Love and Joy in Life, and of having the sense of being deserving of riches and glory!

- Whatever I do, it's not enough, that's another one.

- I'm not capable of handling great wealth.

- Others need so much, feel guilt of having more when so many suffer, endlessly, it seems.

- I can't get what i want.

"Are they really true?"
I think that they're true, and so they are. If I were to really think otherwise, I would have no more excuses in being unable to have whatever i ask, and truly deserve, which is Everything. Such is the infinite and unconditional love of the Creator.

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