of Getting Rich
Chapter 15: The
WHAT I have said in the last chapter applies as well to the professional
man and the wage-earner as to the man who is engaged in mercantile business.
No matter whether you are a physician, a teacher, or a clergyman, if you
can give increase of life to others and make them sensible of the fact, they
will be attracted to you, and you will get rich. The physician who holds the
vision of himself as a great and successful healer, and who works toward the
complete realization 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 teaching 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 Man 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,
no matter what remedies he may use.
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 winning love, and who teaches these details from
the pulpit, will never lack for a congregation. This is the gospel that the
world needs; it will give increase of life, and men will hear it gladly, and
will give liberal support to the man 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 beloved, 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 purpose 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 man, insurance agent--of everybody.
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 gravitation;
getting rich is an exact science.
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 opportunity 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 man who is merely a "good" workman, 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
The man who is certain to advance is the one who is too big for his place,
and 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 yourself. 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
foreman, fellow workman, or social acquaintance, will feel the power of purpose
radiating from you; so that every one will get the sense of advancement and
increase from you. Men will be attracted to you, and if there is no possibility
for advancement in your present job, you will very soon see an opportunity
to take another job.
There is a Power which never fails to present opportunity to the Advancing
Man 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 situation 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 wherever else you wish to be.
If a few thousands of its employees would enter upon the Certain Way, the
steel trust would soon be in a bad plight; it would have to give its workingmen
more opportunity, or go out of business. Nobody has to work for a trust; the
trusts can keep men in so called hopeless conditions only so long as there
are men who are too ignorant to know of the science of getting rich, or too
intellectually slothful to practice it.
Begin this way of thinking and acting, and your faith and purpose will make
you quick to see any opportunity to better your condition.
Such opportunities will speedily come, for the Supreme, working in All, and
working for you, will bring them before you.
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 man 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.