1. There is a Science Of Getting and Being Rich. It is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches. When these laws are learned and obeyed by anyone, then that person will get and stay rich with mathematical certainty.
2. There is but one Great Law: "Energy Is".
3. All physical and mental science is based on this one great law and its seven subsidiary laws which operate in co-ordination with each other.
4. The best definition of Natural Law seems to be that, "Natural Law is the uniform and orderly method of the omnipotent God."
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5. Unlike any other form of animal life that has been created, human beings were given the power of choice or free will; along with this power came certain responsibilities. The capacity to choose does not involve freedom from the consequences of our choice. The laws or rules which govern every man and women, and which we cover to some degree in this book, are as exact as the laws which govern the material universe. You can act in accordance with these laws or you can disregard them. The law forever operates and holds each of us to strict accountability, and there is not the slightest allowance for ignorance.
6. The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way, and those who do things in this certain way - whether on purpose or accidentally - get and stay 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.
7. It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects. Therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly BE rich.
8. That the above statement is true is shown by the following facts:
9. 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 all the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be in poverty.
10. But everywhere we see rich and poor living side by side, in the same environment, and often engaged in the same vocations. When two people 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 people 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.
11. 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.
12. Studying the people who have gotten rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects, having no greater talents and abilities than other people have. It is evident that they do not get rich because they possess talents and abilities that others do not have, but because they happen to do things in a certain way.
13. Getting rich is not the result of saving, or thrift. Many very penurious (stingy, selfish) people are poor, while free spenders often get rich.
14. Nor is getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do, for two people in the same business often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains poor or becomes bankrupt.
15. From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way.
16. 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.
17. The question arises here as to whether this certain way may not be so difficult that only a few may follow it. As we have seen, this cannot be true (as far as natural ability is concerned). Talented people get rich, and blockheads get rich. Intellectually brilliant people get rich, and very stupid people get rich. Physically strong people get rich. Weak and sickly people get rich.
18. Some degree of ability to think and understand is, of course, essential, but insofar as natural ability is concerned, any man or woman who has sense enough to read and understand these words can certainly get and stay rich.
19. Also, we have seen that it is not a matter of environment. Yes, location counts for something. One would not go to the heart of the Sahara and expect to do successful business.
20. Getting rich involves the necessity of dealing with people, and of being where there are people to deal with. And if these people are inclined to deal in the way I desire to deal, so much the better. But that is about as far as environment goes. If anybody else in my town can be rich, so can I. And if anybody else in my state can be rich, so can I.
21. Again, it is not a matter of choosing some particular business or profession. People get rich in every business and in every profession, while their next door neighbors in the very same vocation remain in poverty.
22. It is true that I will do best in a business which I like and which is congenial to me. If I have certain talents which are well developed, I will do best in a business which calls for the exercise of those talents.
23. Also, I will do best in a business which is suited to my locality: An ice cream parlor would do better in a warm climate than in frigid Greenland. And a salmon fishery will succeed better in the northwest where salmon are plentiful, than in Florida where there are no salmon.
24. But, aside from these general limitations, getting rich is not dependent upon my engaging in some particular business, but upon my learning to do things in a certain way. If I am now in business and anybody else in my locality is getting rich in the same business, while I am not getting rich, it is simply because I am not doing things in the same way that the other person is doing them.
25. No one is prevented from getting rich by lack of capital. True, as I get capital the 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 I may be, if I begin to do things in the certain way I will begin to get rich and I will begin to have capital. The getting of capital is a part of the process of getting rich, and it is a part of the result which invariably follows the doing of things in the certain way.
26. A person may be the poorest person on the continent and be deeply in debt. He or she may have neither friends, influence, nor resources. But if a person begins to do things in the certain way, riches must infallibly begin to flow in, for like causes must produce like effects.
27. If I have no capital, I can get capital. If I am in the wrong business, I can get into the right business. If I am in the wrong location, I can go to the right location.
28. And I can do so by beginning in my present business and in my present location to do things in the certain way which always causes success. I must begin to live in harmony with the laws governing the universe.
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