The Science Of Getting and BEING Rich
First Person Format by Darlene Hedrick Sartore
adapted from "The Science Of Getting Rich" by Wallace Wattles circa 1903

CHAPTER 16
Some Cautions and Concluding Observations

1. Many people will scoff at the idea that there is an exact science of getting rich. Holding the impression that the supply of wealth is limited, they will insist that social and governmental institutions must be changed before even any considerable number of people can acquire a competence. But this is not true.

2. It is true that existing governments keep the masses in poverty, but this is because the masses do not think and act in the Certain Way.

3. If the masses begin to move forward as suggested in this book, neither governments nor industrial systems can check (stop) them; all systems must be modified to accommodate the forward movement.

4. If We The People have the Advancing Mind, have the Faith that we can become rich, and move forward with the Fixed Purpose to become rich, nothing can possibly keep anybody in poverty.

5. Individuals may enter upon the Certain Way at any time, and under any government, and make ourselves rich. And when any considerable number of individuals do so under any government, the thoughts and actions will cause the system to be so modified as to open the way for others.

6. The more people who get rich on the competitive plane, the worse for others. The more who get rich on the creative plane, the better for others.

7. The economic salvation of the masses can only be accomplished by getting a large number of people to practice the scientific method set down in this book and become rich. These will show others the way and inspire them with a desire for real life, with the faith that it can be attained, and with the purpose to attain it.

8. For the present, however, it is enough to know that neither the government under which anybody lives, nor the capitalistic or competitive system of industry, can keep anybody from getting and being rich. When a person enters upon the creative plane of thought that person will rise above all these things and become a citizen of another kingdom.

9. In so doing, remember that thought must be constantly held upon the creative plane and never for an instant to be betrayed into regarding the supply as limited, or lured into acting on the moral level of competition.

10. IF I do fall into old ways of thought, I correct myself instantly. For when I am in the competitive mind, I have lost the cooperation of the Mind Of The Whole.

11. I do not spend time in planning as to how I will meet possible emergencies in the future, except as the necessary policies may affect my actions today. I am concerned with doing today's work in a perfectly successful manner and not with emergencies which may arise tomorrow. I can attend to any emergency that may come.

12. I do not concern myself with questions as to how I shall surmount obstacles which may loom upon my business horizon, unless I can see plainly that my course must be altered today in order to avoid them.

13. No matter how tremendous an obstruction may appear at a distance, I will find that if I go on in the Certain Way it will disappear as I approach it, or that a way over, under, through, or around it will appear.

14. No possible combination of circumstances can defeat a man or woman who is proceeding to get rich along strictly scientific lines. No man or woman who obeys the law can fail to get and stay rich, any more than one can multiply two by two and fail to get four.

15. I give no anxious thought to possible disasters, obstacles, panics, or unfavorable combinations of circumstances. There is time enough to meet such things if they present themselves before me in the immediate present, and I will find that every difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its overcoming.

16. I guard my speech. I never speak of myself, my affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way.

17. I never admit the possibility of failure or speak in a way that infers failure as a possibility.

18. I never speak of the times as being hard, or of business conditions as being doubtful. Times may be hard and business doubtful for those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for me. I can create what I desire, and I am above fear.

19. When others are having hard times and poor business, I will find my greatest opportunities.

20. I train myself to think of, and to look upon, the world as a something which is Becoming, which is growing, and to regard seeming evil as being only that which is undeveloped. I always speak in terms of advancement. To do otherwise is to deny my faith, and to deny my faith is to lose it.

21. I never allow myself to feel disappointed. I may expect to have a certain thing at a certain time and not get it at that time, and this could appear to me as failure. But if I hold to my faith I will find that the failure is only as an apparent to show that I might be off course in my expectations.

22. I go on in the Certain Way, and if I do not receive that thing, I will receive something so much better that I will see that the seeming failure was really a great success.

23.If challenges occurs I reflect momentarily about a student of this science who had set his mind on making a certain business combination which seemed to him at the time to be very desirable, and he worked for some weeks to bring it about. When the crucial time came, the thing failed in a perfectly inexplicable way. It was as if some unseen influence had been working secretly against him. But he was not disappointed. On the contrary, he thanked God that his desire had been overruled, and went steadily on with a grateful mind. In a few weeks an opportunity so much better came his way, that he would not have made the first deal on any account, and he saw that a mind which knew more than he knew, had prevented him from losing the greater good by entangling himself with the lesser.

24. That is the way every seeming failure will work out for me, if I keep my faith, hold to my purpose, have gratitude, and do every day all that can be done that day, doing each separate act in a successful manner.

25. When I make a failure, it is because I have not asked for enough. Keep on, and a larger thing than I was seeking will certainly come to me. Remember this.

26. I will not fail because I lack the necessary talent to do what I wish to do. If I go on as the Universal Laws have directed, I will develop all the talent that is necessary to the doing of my work.

27. It is not within the scope of this book to deal with the science of cultivating talent, but it is as certain and simple as the process of getting rich.

28. However, I do not hesitate or waver for fear that when I come to any certain place I might fail for lack of ability. I keep right on, and when I come to that place, the ability will be furnished to me. The same source of Ability which enabled the untaught Lincoln to do the greatest work in government ever accomplished by a single man, is open to me. I may draw upon all the mind there is for wisdom to use in meeting the responsibilities which are laid upon me. I go on in full faith.

29. I study this book. I make it my constant companion until I have mastered all the ideas contained in it. While I am getting firmly established in this faith, I do well to give up most recreations and pleasure, and to stay away from places where ideas conflicting with these are advanced in lectures or sermons. I do not read pessimistic or conflicting literature or get into arguments upon the matter. I do very little reading outside of the writers mentioned in the Preface and those who are in harmony with The Certain Way.

30. I invest most of my leisure time in contemplating my vision, in cultivating gratitude, and in reading this book. It contains all I need to know of the science of getting and staying rich, and I will find all the essentials summed up in the following chapter.

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