Getting rich is not the result of saving, or “thift”; 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 a bankrupt.
From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.
If gtting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way, and if like causes always produce life effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way cn 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 get rich, and blockheads get ruch; intellectually brilliant people get rich, and very stupid people get rich; physically strong people get rich, and weak and sickly 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 or woman who has sense enough 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 cussessful business.
Getting rich involves the nessity of dealing with men, and of being where there are people to deal with; and if these people are inclined to deal in the way you want to deal, so much the better. But that is about as far as environment goes.
Republished from Financial Success Through Creative Thought by Wallace Wattles, written in 1910 and now in public domain.