The Strangest Secret – Believe And Succeed
This is the second in a series of articles based on the teachings found in the success classic “The Science of Getting Rich”, written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. This book-now in the public domain–is essential reading for anyone who wants to become wealthy.In the second chapter of “The Science of Getting Rich”, Mr. Wattles explains that getting rich is a science; in fact, it’s an exact science, like mathematics. That is, there’s a series of principles or laws that govern the process of acquiring wealth, and once these are learned and systematically applied by anyone, that person will get rich.
A month ago, I was listening to an audio tape from the legendary Earl Nightingale and he was talking about what he termed “The Strangest Secret.” The secret, of course, is to believe and succeed. In this tape he challenged his listeners to conduct a test for the next 30 days which I tried and now pass on to you.For the next 30 days take an index card which you can keep with you at all times; so that you can review it whenever you need.
On that card write down “one single goal”, it can be a new job, new skill, better relationship, or anything that you want to achieve. Also write down on that index card, an excerpt from “The Sermon on the Mount” where we find these beautiful words: “Ask, and it shall be,given you: seek, and ye shall find;knock, and it shall be,opened unto you: For every one that,asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth: and to him that,knocketh it shall be opened.”
“Give advancement to everybody. Beware of the insidious temptation to seek power over other people.” “Keep your FAITH, hold to your PURPOSE, have GRATITUDE, and DO — every day — all that can be done that day, doing each separate act in a SUCCESSFUL manner.”I can continue writing more and more about this book, but I’m inviting you to read it. As you may have noticed, this book is about the Law of Attraction – most of the people who talk about the LOA have used it to develop their own books.
Also, talent is not the cause of getting rich, for there are many talented people who are not wealthy, and there are many people with little talent who are very rich. There are many intelligent people, often with high education, that fail at achieving financial success, while there are many college drop outs who become millionaires.Additionally, people get rich and people fail in every business and in every profession. It is true that you will do better in a business that you like, and if you have some well developed talents you will do better in a business in which you can apply those talents, but getting wealthy is not determine by the business or profession you choose.Getting rich is also not the result of doing things others fail to do, for two people in the same business can be carrying out the same activities, but one gets rich and the other files for bankruptcy. There are a lot of hard working people whose lives are filled with struggle and who never manage to accumulate wealth.
In addition, a lack of capital will not prevent you from getting rich. You can slowly begin to get access to capital and, as you progress, the access to capital will become easier and faster.For the reasons set forth above, Mr. Wattles concludes that the aforementioned factors cannot be the cause of getting rich. So, if getting rich is not a result of the factors discussed above, what does getting rich depend on? Mr. Wattles explains that in order to become rich you have to do things in “a certain way”, regardless of where you are, what business you’re in, how much capital you have, or how talented you may be.
What you need in order to be able to do things in this “certain way” is:Enough intelligence to read and understand “The Science of Getting Rich”.A willingness to interact with people to some degree.Basic common sense; for example, don’t start a salmon fishery where there are no salmons.And, most importantly, begin to live in harmony with the laws governing the universe. These laws are explained in “The Science of Getting Rich”. Since like causes produce like effects, no matter who you are, where your business is located, or what your personal circumstances may be, if you act in accordance with the principles and laws that govern the process of acquiring wealth, you must get the results you’re looking for. The cause is doing things “in a certain way”, and money is the effect.
Most of us tend to think negative thoughts. When you think, “I’m undesirable,” “I’ll be late to my appointment,” or “I struggle to make ends meet,” you create that experience in your life…. You don’t attract a desirable partner, you launch a series of events that makes you late to your appointment, and you prevent yourself from making more money.
Wallace Wattles, author of “The Science of Getting Rich”, says the first principle is thought. Thinking activates the “Formless Stuff” of the universe, to deliver the thought. Like exercise to the body, every thought contributes to the manifestation of the intended results. Also like exercise, results may not become apparent after the first attempt.Persistence is required to manifest thoughts. Faith during the appearance of failure is absolutely necessary. The action required to manifest results is impotent without absolute belief in efficacy of the process.
I once heard a metaphor of the expectant mother. A woman prepares for her child, arranges her house, life and relationships around the expected baby. The woman behaves like a mother, becoming aware of relevant issues to people with children. She goes shopping for the baby, tells everyone about the baby…joyously awaits the arrival of her child.We don’t have to understand how a process works to use it. Humanity reproduced well before science explained how the process works. With the faith of an expectant mother, we can believe the process will deliver results; every time for everybody that uses it – especially in the appearance of failure.
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