The Science Of Getting Rich
Wallace D. Wattles
YOU must use your thought as directed in previous
chapters, and begin to do what you can do where you are; and you must do
ALL that you can do where you are.
You can advance only be being larger than your present
place; and no man is larger than his present place who leaves undone any
of the work pertaining to that place.
The world is advanced only by those who more than fill
their present places.
If no man quite filled his present place, you can see
that there must be a going backward in everything. Those who do not
quite fill their present places are dead weight upon society,
government, commerce, and industry; they must be carried along by others
at a great expense. The progress of the world is retarded only by those
who do not fill the places they are holding; they belong to a former age
and a lower stage or plane of life, and their tendency is toward
degeneration. No society could advance if every man was smaller than his
place; social evolution is guided by the law of physical and mental
evolution. In the animal world, evolution is caused by excess of life.
When an organism has more life than can be expressed in
the functions of its own plane, it develops the organs of a higher
plane, and a new species is originated.
There never would have been new species had there not
been organisms which more than filled their places. The law is exactly
the same for you; your getting rich depends upon your applying this
principle to your own affairs.
Every day is either a successful day or a day of
failure; and it is the successful days which get you what you want. If
everyday is a failure, you can never get rich; while if every day is a
success, you cannot fail to get rich.
If there is something that may be done today, and you do
not do it, you have failed in so far as that thing is concerned; and the
consequences may be more disastrous than you imagine.
You cannot foresee the results of even the most trivial
act; you do not know the workings of all the forces that have been set
moving in your behalf. Much may be depending on your doing some simple
act; it may be the very thing which is to open the door of opportunity
to very great possibilities. You can never know all the combinations
which Supreme Intelligence is making for you in the world of things and
of things and of human affairs; your neglect or failure to do some small
thing may cause a long delay in getting what you want.
Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day.
There is, however, a limitation or qualification of the
above that you must take into account.
You are not to overwork, nor to rush blindly into your
business in the effort to do the greatest possible number of things in
the shortest possible time.
You are not to try to do tomorrow's work today, nor to
do a week's work in a day.
It is really not the number of things you do, but the
EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.
Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure.
Every act is, in itself, either effective or
Every inefficient act is a failure, and if you spend
your life in doing inefficient acts, your whole life will be a failure.
The more things you do, the worse for you, if all your
acts are inefficient ones.
On the other hand, every efficient act is a success in
itself, and if every act of your life is an efficient one, your whole
life MUST be a success.
The cause of failure is doing too many things in an
inefficient manner, and not doing enough things in an efficient manner.
You will see that it is a self-evident proposition that
if you do not do any inefficient acts, and if you do a sufficient number
of efficient acts, you will become rich. If, now, it is possible for you
to make each act an efficient one, you see again that the getting of
riches is reduced to an exact science, like mathematics.
The matter turns, then, on the questions whether you can
make each separate act a success in itself. And this you can certainly
You can make each act a success, because ALL Power is
working with you; and ALL Power cannot fail.
Power is at your service; and to make each act efficient
you have only to put power into it.
Every action is either strong or weak; and when every
one is strong, you are acting in the Certain Way which will make you
Every act can be made strong and efficient by holding
your vision while you are doing it, and putting the whole power of your
FAITH and PURPOSE into it.
It is at this point that the people fail who separate
mental power from personal action. They use the power of mind in one
place and at one time, and they act in another pace and at another time.
So their acts are not successful in themselves; too many of them are
inefficient. But if ALL Power goes into every act, no matter how
commonplace, every act will be a success in itself; and as in the nature
of things every success opens the way to other successes, your progress
toward what you want, and the progress of what you want toward you, will
become increasingly rapid.
Remember that successful action is cumulative in its
results. Since the desire for more life is inherent in all things, when
a man begins to move toward larger life more things attach themselves to
him, and the influence of his desire is multiplied.
Do, every day, all that you can do that day, and do each
act in an efficient manner.
In saying that you must hold your vision while you are
doing each act, however trivial or commonplace, I do not mean to say
that it is necessary at all times to see the vision distinctly to its
smallest details. It should be the work of your leisure hours to use
your imagination on the details of your vision, and to contemplate them
until they are firmly fixed upon memory. If you wish speedy results,
spend practically all your spare time in this practice.
By continuous contemplation you will get the picture of
what you want, even to the smallest details, so firmly fixed upon your
mind, and so completely transferred to the mind of Formless Substance,
that in your working hours you need only to mentally refer to the
picture to stimulate your faith and purpose, and cause your best effort
to be put forth. Contemplate your picture in your leisure hours until
your consciousness is so full of it that you can grasp it instantly. You
will become so enthused with its bright promises that the mere thought
of it will call forth the strongest energies of your whole being.
Let us again repeat our syllabus, and by slightly
changing the closing statements bring it to the point we have now
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are
made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills
the interspaces of the universe.
A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is
imaged by the thought.
Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing
his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about
to be created.
In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive
to the creative mind; he must form a clear mental picture of the things
he wants, and do, with faith and purpose, all that can be done each day,
doing each separate thing in an efficient manner.
1 - Preface
2 - The Right To Be Rich
3 - There Is A Science Of Getting Rich
4 - Is Opportunity Monopolized?
5 -The First Principle In The Science Of Getting
6 - Increasing Life
7 - How Riches Come To You
8 - Gratitude
9 - Thinking In The Certain Way
10 - How To Use The Will
11 - Further Use Of The Will
12 - Acting In The Certain Way
13 - Efficient Action
14 - Getting Into The Right Business
15 - The Impression Of Increase
16 - The Advancing Man
17- Some Cautions And Concluding Observations
18 - Summary Of The Science Of Getting Rich