of Getting Rich
Chapter 13: Getting
into the Right Business
SUCCESS, in any particular business, depends for one thing upon your possessing
in a well-developed state the faculties 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; without tact and the commercial faculties no one
can succeed in mercantile pursuits. But to possess in a well-developed state
the faculties 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 men 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; 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 "best fitted."
But there are limitations to this statement, also. No man 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 for
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 point of effort, if you do that for which
you are best fitted; but you will get rich most satisfactorily if you do that
which you WANT to do.
Doing what you want to do is life; and there is no real satisfaction 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 mechanical devices is the mechanical
talent seeking expression and development.
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 things else 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 select that work as the ultimate
end at which you aim.
You can do what you want to do, and it is your right and privilege to follow
the business or avocation which will be most congenial 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
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 understand 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,
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
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
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 All 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 hurry.
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 attention 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.