There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra and 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 mathematical certainty.
The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain ways; those who do this in Certain Way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich; while those who don’t do things in a Certain Way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor.
It is natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man and woman who learn to do things in this Certain Way will infallibly get rich.
That the above statement is true 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 town would be poor; or the inhabitants of one state would be roll in wealth, while those of 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 same vocations. When two men are in the 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 and in the same neighborhood, and one gets rich while 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 to solely for possession of talent, for many people who have great talent remain poor, while other who have very little talent get rich.
Studying the people who got rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects, having no greater talent than the other man. It is evident that they don’t get rich because they posses talent 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 fails to do; for two men in the same business often do almost exactly same things, ones get rich while the other remains poor, and becomes bankrupt.
From all these things, we must come to 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 like causes always produce like effects, then any man and 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 gets rich, and blockheads get rich; intellectually brilliant people gets rich, and very stupid people gets rich; physically strong people gets rich, and weak and seek 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 and woman who has sense 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 is not necessity of dealing with men, and of being where there are people to deal with; and if these people are inclined the 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 get rich, so can you; if anybody else in your state get rich, so can you.
Again, it is not matter of choosing some particular business or profession. People get rich in every business, and every profession; while their next door neighbor in the same vocation remains in the poverty.
It is true that you will do best in a business that you like, and which congenial to you; and if you have certain talents which are well developed, you will do the best in a business which calls the exercise of those talents.
Also, you will do best in a business which is suited to your locality; an ice-cream parlor would do better in a warm climate than in Greenland, and a salmon fishery will do better in Northwest than Florida, where there are no salmon.
But aside from these general limitations, getting rich is not depend upon your engaging in some particular business, but upon your learning to do things in a Certain Way.
If you are now in business, and anybody else getting rich in your locality in the same business, while you are not getting rich, it is because you are not doing the things in the same way that the other person is doing them.
No one is getting rich from the lack of capital. True, as you get the capital increase becomes more easy and rapid; but one who has capital is already rich, and does not need to consider how to become so.
No matter how poor you may be, if you begin to do things in the Certain Way you will begin to get rich; and you will begin to have capital.
The getting of capital is a part of the process of getting rich, and it is the part of result which invariably follows the doing of things in the Certain Way.
You may be poorest man on the continent, and be deeply debt; you may have neither friends, influence, nor recourses; but if you begin to do things in this way, you must infallibly begin to get rich, for like process must produce like effects.
If you have no capital, you can get capital; if you are in the wrong business, you can get into the right business; if you are in the wrong location, you can go to the right location; and you can do so by beginning in your present business and by present location to do things in a Certain Way which causes success.