“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 fail to do; for two men in the
same business often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while
the other remains poor or becomes bankrupt.
From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the re-
sult of doing things in a Certain Way.
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
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 get rich, and blockheads get rich; intellec-
tually brilliant people get rich, and very stupid people get rich; physically strong
people get rich, and weak and sickly people get rich.”
Wallace D. Wattles
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