of Getting Rich
Chapter 3: Is
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 in 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 of thousands, and perhaps to
millions, of people. Why not turn your attention to the development of aerial
transportation, instead of competing with J.J. Hill 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 is setting toward agriculture
and the allied industries and professions. To-day, opportunity is open 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
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
No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is
more than enough for all. A palace as large as the capitol at Washington might
be built for every family on earth from the building material in the United
States alone; and under intensive cultivation, this country would produce
wool, cotton, linen, and silk enough to cloth each person in the world finer
than Solomon was arrayed in all his glory; together with food enough to feed
them all luxuriously.
The visible supply is practically inexhaustible; and the invisible supply
really is inexhaustible.
Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which
all things proceed.
New Forms are constantly being made, and older ones are dissolving; but all
are shapes assumed by One Thing.
There is no limit to the supply of Formless Stuff, or Original Substance.
The universe is made out of it; but it was not all used in making the universe.
The spaces in, through, and between the forms of the visible universe are
permeated and filled with the Original Substance; with the formless Stuff;
with the raw material of all things. Ten thousand times as much as has been
made might still be made, and even then we should not have exhausted the supply
of universal raw material.
No man, therefore, is poor because nature is poor, or because there is not
enough to go around.
Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run
short. Original Substance is alive with creative energy, and is constantly
producing more forms. When the supply of building material is exhausted, more
will be produced; when the soil is exhausted so that food stuffs and materials
for clothing will no longer grow upon it, it will be renewed or more soil
will be made. When all the gold and silver has been dug from the earth, if
man is still in such a stage of social development that he needs gold and
silver, more will produced from the Formless. The Formless Stuff responds
to the needs of man; it will not let him be without any good thing.
This is true of man collectively; the race as a whole is always abundantly
rich, and if individuals are poor, it is because they do not follow the Certain
Way of doing things which makes the individual man rich.
The Formless Stuff is intelligent; it is stuff which thinks. It is alive,
and is always impelled toward more life.
It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live more; it is
the nature of intelligence to enlarge itself, and of consciousness to seek
to extend its boundaries and find fuller expression. The universe of forms
has been made by Formless Living Substance, throwing itself into form in order
to express itself more fully.
The universe is a great Living Presence, always moving inherently toward
more life and fuller functioning.
Nature is formed for the advancement of life; its impelling motive is the
increase of life. For this cause, everything which can possibly minister to
life is bountifully provided; there can be no lack unless God is to contradict
himself and nullify his own works.
You are not kept poor by lack in the supply of riches; it is a fact which
I shall demonstrate a little farther on that even the resources of the Formless
Supply are at the command of the man or woman will act and think in a Certain