This Book Will CHANGE EVERYTHING! How To Get What You Want – Full Audio Book
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This Book Will CHANGE EVERYTHING! How To Get What You Want – Full Audio Book

How to get what you want, by Wallace D. Wattles. Narrated by Garry Middleton. CHAPTER ONE. Getting what you want is success; and success
is an effect, coming from the application of
a cause. Success is essentially the same in all cases;
the difference is in the things the successful
people want, but not in the success. Success is essentially
the same, whether it results in the attainment of
wealth, health, development or position; success is
attainment, without regard to the things attained. And it is a law in nature that like causes
always produce like effects. The cause of success is always in the person
who succeeds; you will see that this must be true,
because if the cause of success were in nature, outside
the person, then all persons similarly situated would succeed. The cause of success is not in the environment
of the individual, because if it were, all persons
within a given radius would be successful, and success
would be wholly a matter of neighborhood; and we
see that people whose environments are practically the same, and who live in the same neighborhood
show us all degrees of success and failure; therefore,
we know that the cause of success must be in the individual, and nowhere else. It is, therefore, mathematically certain that
you can succeed if you will find out the cause of
success, and develop it to sufficient strength, and
apply it properly to your work; for the application
of a sufficient cause can not fail to produce a given effect. If
there is a failure anywhere, of any kind, it is because
the cause was either not sufficient or was not properly applied. The cause of success is some
power within you; you have the power to develop any power to a limitless extent; for there
is no end to mental growth; you can increase the strength
of this power indefinitely, and so you can make
it strong enough to do what you want to do, and
to get what you want to get; when it is strong
enough you can learn how to apply it to the work,
and therefore, you can certainly
succeed. All you have to learn is what is the cause
of success, and how it must be applied. The development of the special faculties to
be used in your work is essential. We do not expect any one
to succeed as a musician without developing the
musical faculty; and it would be absurd to expect a
machinist to succeed without developing the mechanical
faculty, a clergyman to succeed without developing spiritual understanding and the
use of words, or a banker to succeed without developing
the faculty of finance. And in choosing a business,
you should choose the one which will call for the
use of your strongest faculties. If you have good
mechanical ability, and are not spiritually minded
and have no command of language, do not try to
preach; and if you have the taste and talent to
combine colors and fabrics into beautiful creation
in millinery and dress, do not learn typewriting or
stenography; get into a business which will use
your strongest faculties, and develop these faculties all you can; and even this is not
enough to insure success. There are people with fine musical talent
who fail as musicians; with good mechanical ability
who fail as carpenters, blacksmiths and machinists;
with deep spirituality and fluent use of language
who fail as clergymen; with keen and logical minds
who fail as lawyers, and so on; the special faculties
used in your work are the tools you use, but success
does not depend alone on having good tools; it
depends more on the power which uses and applies the
tools. Be sure that your tools are the best and kept
in the best condition; you can cultivate any faculty
to any desired extent. The application of the musical faculty causes
success in music; that of the mechanical faculty causes
success in mechanical pursuits; that of the financial
faculty causes success in banking, and so on; and the something which applies these
faculties, or causes them to be applied is the cause
of success. The faculties are tools; the user of the
tools is you, yourself; that in you which can cause
you to use the tools in the right way, at the right
time and in the right place is the cause of success. What is this something in the person which
causes him to use his faculties successfully? What it is and how to develop it will be fully
explained in the next section; but before taking that
up you should read this section over several times,
so as to fix upon your mind the impregnable logic
of the statement that you can succeed. You can;
and if you study the foregoing argument well, you
will be convinced that you can; and to become convinced that you can succeed is the first
requisite to success. CHAPTER TWO. The faculties of the human mind are the tools
with which success is attained, and the right application
of these tools to your work or business will do it
successfully and get what you want. A few people
succeed because they use their faculties successfully, and the majority, who have equally good faculties,
fail because they use them unsuccessfully. There is something in the man who succeeds
which enables him to use his faculties successfully,
and this something must be cultivated by all who
succeed; the question is, What is it? It is hard to find a
word which shall express it, and not be misleading. This something is Poise; and poise is peace
and power combined; but it is more than poise,
for poise is a condition, and this something is
an action as well as a condition. This Something is Faith;
but it is more than faith, as faith is commonly understood:
As commonly understood, faith consists in the action of believing things which cannot
be proved; and the Something which causes success
is more than that. It is Conscious Power in Action. It is ACTIVE POWER-CONSCIOUSNESS. Power-Consciousness is what you feel when
you know that you can do a thing; and you know
HOW to do the thing. If I can cause you to KNOW that
you can succeed, and to know that you know HOW
to succeed, I have placed success within your grasp; for if you know that you can do a thing
and know that you know how to do it, it is impossible
that you should fail to do it, if you really try. When
you are in full Power-Consciousness, you will approach
the task in an absolutely successful frame of mind. Every thought will be a successful thought,
every action a successful action; and if every thought and action is successful, the sum-total
of all your actions cannot be failure. What I have to
do in these lessons, then, is to teach you how to
create Power-Consciousness in yourself, so that
you will know that you can do what you want to do
and then to teach you how to do what you want to
do. Read again the preceding section; it proves
by unanswerable logic that you CAN succeed. It shows
that all that is in any mind is in your mind; the difference,
if any, being in development. It is a fact in
nature that the undeveloped is always capable of
development; we see then that the cause of success
is in you, and is capable of full development. Having read this you must believe that it
is possible for you to succeed; but it is not enough for
you to believe that you can; you must know that you
can; and the sub-conscious mind must know it as
well as the objective mind. People have a way of saying,
“he can who thinks he can”; but this is not true. It
is not even true that he can who knows he can, if
only the objective mind is spoken of; for the subconscious
mind will often completely set aside and overcome what is positively known by the objective
mind. It is a true statement, however, that he can
whose sub-conscious mind knows that he can; and
it is especially true if his objective mind has been
trained to do the work. People fail because they think, objectively,
that they can do things, but do not know, sub-consciously,
that they can do them. It is more than
likely that your sub-conscious mind is even now impressed
with doubts of your ability to succeed; and these must be removed, or it will withhold
its power when you need it most. The sub-conscious mind is the source from
which power comes in the action of any faculty;
and a doubt will cause this power to be withheld,
and the action will be weak; therefore, your first
step must be to impress your sub-conscious mind with
that fact that you CAN. This must be done by repeated
suggestions. Practice the following mental exercise
several times a day, and especially just before going
to sleep; think quietly about the sub-conscious mentality, which permeates your whole body
as water permeates a sponge; as you think of
this mind, try to feel it; you will soon be able
to become conscious of it. Hold this consciousness, and say
with deep, earnest feeling: “I CAN succeed! All that
is possible to any one is possible to me. I AM
successful. I do succeed, for I am full of the Power of
Success.” This is the simple truth. Realize that it is
true, and repeat it over and over until your mentality
is saturated through and through with the knowledge that YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO
DO. You can; other people have, and you can do
more than any one has ever done, for no one has
ever yet used all the power that is capable of being
used. It is within your power to make a greater
success in your business than any one has ever made
before you. Practice the above autosuggestion for a
month with persistence, and you will begin to
KNOW that you have within you that which CAN do
what you want to do; and then you will be ready for
the next section which will tell you how to proceed
in doing what you want to do. But remember that it
is absolutely essential that you should first impress
upon the sub-conscious mind the knowledge that
you CAN. CHAPTER THREE. Having filled your mentality, conscious and
subconscious, with the faith that you CAN get what
you want, the next question is one of the methods. You know that you can do it if you proceed
in the right way; but which is the right way? This much is certain; to get more, you must
make constructive use of what you have. You cannot use
what you have not; therefore, your problem is how
to make the most constructive use of what you already
have. Do not waste any time considering how
you would use certain things if you had them; consider,
simply, how to use what you have. It is also
certain that you will progress more rapidly if you
make the most perfect use of what you have. In
fact, the degree of rapidity with which you attain
what you want will depend upon the perfection with
which you use what you have. Many people are at
a standstill, or find things coming their way very
slowly because they are making only partial use of
present means, power and opportunities. You may see this point more plainly by considering
an analogy in nature. In the process of evolution,
the squirrels developed their leaping power to its
fullest extent; then a continuous effort to advance
brought forth the flying squirrel, which has a membrane
uniting the legs in such a way as to form a
parachute and enable the animal to sail some distance
beyond an ordinary leap. A little extension of
the parachute jump of the flying squirrel produced
the bat, which as membranous wings and can fly;
and continuous flight produced the bird with feathered wings. The transition from one plane to
another was accomplished simply by perfecting and
extending functions. If the squirrels had not kept
leaping further and further, there would have been
no flying squirrel, and no power of flight. Making
constructive use of the leaping power produced flight. If you are only jumping half as far as you
can, you will never fly. In nature, we see that life
advances from one plane to another by perfecting function on the lower plane. Whenever an organism
contains more life than it can express by functioning
perfectly on its own plane, it begins to perform the functions of the next higher, or larger
plane. The first squirrel which began to develop
the parachute membrane must have been a very perfect
leaper. This is the fundamental principle of evolution,
and of all attainment. In accordance with this principle, then, you
can advance only by more than filling your present place. You must do, perfectly, all that you can do
now; and it is the law that by doing perfectly
all that you can do now you will become able to do later
things which you cannot do now. The doing to perfection
of one thing invariably provides us with the equipment
for doing the next larger thing, because it is a
principle inherent in nature that life continuously advances. Every person who does one thing perfect
is instantly presented with an opportunity to begin
doing the next larger thing. This is the universal law
of all life, and is unfailing. First, do perfectly all that
you can do now; keep on doing it perfectly until the
doing of it becomes so easy that you have surplus
power left after doing it; then by this surplus power
you will get a hold on the work of a higher plane,
and begin to extend your correspondence with environment. Get into a business which will use your strongest
faculties, even if you must commence at the bottom;
then develop those faculties to the utmost. Cultivate power-consciousness, so that you
can apply your faculties successfully, and apply them
in doing perfectly everything you can do now,
where you are now. Do not wait for a change of environment; it
may never come. Your only way of reaching a better environment
is by making constructive use of your present environment. Only the most complete use
of your present environment will place you in a
more desirable one. If you wish to extend your present business,
remember that you can only do it by doing in the
most perfect manner the business you already have. When you put life enough into your business
to more than fill it, the surplus will get you more
business. Do not reach out after more until you
have life to spare after doing perfectly all that you
have to do now. It is of no advantage to have more
work or more business than you have life to do
perfectly; if that is the case, increase your vital
power first. And remember, it is the perfection with
which you do what you have to do now that extends your field and brings you in touch
with a larger environment. Bear in mind that the motive force which gets
you what you want is life; and that what you want,
in the last analysis, is only an opportunity
to live more; and that, therefore, you can get what
you want only through the operation of that universal
law by which all life advances continuously into
fuller expression. That law is that whenever an organism
has more life than can find expression by functioning perfectly on a given plane, its
surplus life lifts it to the next higher plane. When you put
enough of yourself into your present work to do it
perfectly, your surplus power will extend your work
into a larger field. It is also essential that you
should have in mind what you want, so that your
surplus power may be turned in the right direction. Form a clear conception of what you seek to
accomplish, but do not let what you seek to accomplish
interfere with doing perfectly what you have to
do now. Your concept of what you want is a guide
to your energies, and an inspiration to cause you to
apply them to the utmost to your present work. Live
for the future now. Suppose that your desire is to
have a department store, and you have only capital
enough to start a peanut stand. Do not try to start
a department store today, on a peanut stand capital; but start the peanut stand in the
full faith and confidence that you will be able to develop
it into a department store. Look upon the peanut
stand merely as the beginning of the department store, and make it grow; you can. Get more business by using constructively
the business you have now; get more friends by using constructively
the friends you already have; get a better position by using constructively the one you
now have; get more domestic happiness by the constructive
use of the love that already exists in your home. CHAPTER FOUR. You can obtain what you want only by applying
your faculties to your work and your environment;
you become able to apply your faculties successfully
by acquiring Power-Consciousness; and you go
forward by a concentration on today’s work, and
by doing perfectly everything that can be done
at the present time. You can get what you want in the future
only by concentrating all your energies upon the constructive use of whatever you are in
relation with today. An indifferent or half-hearted use of the
elements in today’s environment will be fatal to
tomorrow’s attainment. Do not desire for today what is beyond your
ability to get today; but be sure you get today the
very best that can be had. Never take less than the very
best that can be had at the present time; but do
not waste energy by desiring what cannot be had at
the present time. If you always have the best that
can be had, you will continue to have better and
better things, because it is a fundamental principle
in the universe that life shall continually advance
into more life, and into the use of more and better
things; this is the principle which causes evolution. But if you are satisfied with less than the
best that can be had, you will cease to move forward. Ever
transaction and relation of today whether it be
business, domestic or social, must be made a
stepping stone to what you want in the future; and
to accomplish this you must put into each more
than enough life to fill it. There must be surplus
power in everything you do. It is this surplus power
which causes advancement and gets you what you
want; where there is no surplus power there is no
advancement and no attainment. It is the surplus
of life above and beyond the functions of present
environment which causes evolution; and evolution is advancing into more life, or getting what
you want. Suppose, for instance, you are in trade or
a profession, and wish to increase your business;
it will not do, when you sell goods or service
to make the matter a merely perfunctory transaction,
taking the customer’s money, giving him good value,
and letting him go away feeling that you had no
interest in the matter beyond giving him a fair deal
and profiting thereby. Unless he feels that you have a
personal interest in him and his needs, and that
you are honestly desirous to increase his welfare,
you have made a failure and are losing ground. When you can make every customer feel that
you are really trying to advance his interests
as well as your own, your business will grow. It is not necessary
to give premiums, or heavier weights or better values than others give to accomplish this;
it is done by putting life and interest into every
transaction, however small. If you desire to change your avocation, make
your present business a stepping-stone to the one
you want. As long as you are in your present business,
fill it with life; the surplus will tend toward what you
want. Take a live interest in every man, woman and
child you meet in either a business or social way,
and sincerely desire the best for them; they will
soon begin to feel that your advancement is a matter
of interest to them and they will unite their
thoughts for your good. This will form a battery of power in
your favor and will open ways of advancement for
you. If you are an employee and desire promotion,
put life into everything you do; put in more than
enough life and interest to fill each piece of work. But do not be servile; never be a flunkey;
and above all things avoid the intellectual prostitution
which is the vice of our times in many trades and
most professions. I mean by this the being a mere
hired apologist for and defender of immorality, graft, dishonesty, or vice in any form. The intellectual
prostitute may rise in the service, but he is a
lost soul. Respect yourself; be absolutely just to all;
put LIFE into every act and thought and fix Power-
Conscious thought upon the fact that you are entitled
to promotion; it will come as soon as you can
more than fill your present place in every day. If it
does not come from you present employer it will
come from another; it is the law that whosoever more than fills his present place must be
advanced. But for this law there could be no evolution,
and no progress; but mark well what follows. It is not enough that you should merely put
surplus life into your business relations. You will not advance
far if you are a good business man or employee, but a bad husband, an unjust father, or, an
untrustworthy friend. Your failure in these respects
will make you incapable of using your success for
the advancement of life, and so you will not come
under the operation of the constructive law. Many a
man who fulfills the law in business is prevented from progressing because he is unkind to his
wife, or deficient in some other relation of life. To come
under the operation of the evolutionary force you
must more than fill EVERY present relation. A telegraph
operator desired to get away from the key, and get onto a small farm; and he began to
move in that direction by being “good” to his
wife. He
“courted” her, without any reference to his desire;
and from being half indifferent she became interested
and eager to help; soon they had a little piece of ground in the edge of the town, and
she raised poultry and superintended a garden
while he “pounded the key”; now they have a farm
and he has obtained his desire. You can secure the co-operation,
not only of your wife but of all the people around you by putting life and interest into
all your relations with them. Put into every relation, business, domestic
or social, more than enough life to fill that relation;
have faith, which is PowerConsciousness; know what
you want in the future, but have today the very
best that can be obtained today; never be satisfied
at any time with less than the best that can
be had at that time, but never waste energy in desiring
what is not to be had now; use all things for the
advancement of life for yourself and for all with
whom you are related in any way. Follow out these principles of action and
you cannot fail to get what you want; for the universe
is so constructed that all things must work together
for your good. CHAPTER FIVE. Wealth-culture consists in making constructive
use of the people and things in your environment. First,
get a clear mental picture of what you want. If your
present business or profession is not the one most
suitable to your talents and tastes, decide upon the
one which is most suitable; and determine to get
into that business or profession, and to achieve the
very greatest success in it. Get a clear idea of what
you want to do, and get a mental concept of the
utmost success in that business or profession; and
determine that you will attain to that. Give a great
deal of time to forming this concept or mental picture;
the more clear and definite it is, the easier will be your work. The man who is not quite sure
what he wants to build will put up a wobbling and
shaky structure. Know what you want, and keep the picture of
it in the background of your mind night and day;
let it be like a picture on the wall of your room,
always in your consciousness, night and day. And then begin
to move toward it. Remember that if you have not
the fully developed talent now, you can develop it
as you go along; you can surely do what you want
to do. It is quite likely that at present you cannot
do the thing you want to do because you are not in
the right environment, and have not the necessary
capital; but this does not hinder you from the beginning
to move toward the right environment, and from beginning to acquire capital. Remember that
you move forward only by doing what you can in
your present environment. Suppose that you have only capital enough
to operate a newsstand, and your great desire is to own
a department store; do not get the idea that there
is some magical method by which you can successfully operate a department store on a newsstand
capital. There is, however, a mental science
method by which you can so operate a newsstand as to certainly cause it to grow into a department
store. Consider that your newsstand is one department
of the store you are going to have; fix your
mind on the department store, and begin to assimilate
the rest of it. You will get it, if you make every act and
thought constructive. To make every act and thought constructive,
every one must convey the idea of increase. Steadily
hold in mind the thought of advancement for yourself;
know that you are advancing toward what you want, and act and speak in this faith. Then every
word and act will convey the idea of advancement and increase to others, and they will be drawn
to you. Always remember that what all people are seeking
for is increase. First, study over the facts in regard to the
great abundance until you know that there is wealth
for you, and that you do not have to take this
wealth from any one else. Avoid the competitive spirit. You
can readily see that if there is limitless abundance
there is enough for you, without robbing any one
else. Then, knowing that it is the purpose of nature
that you should have what you want, reflect upon
the fact that you can get it only by acting. Consider
that you can act only upon your present environment; and do not try to act now upon environment
of the future. Then remember that in acting upon your present
environment, you must make every act a success in itself; and that in doing this you must
hold the purpose to get what you want. You can hold this
purpose only as you get a clear mental picture of
what you want; be sure that you have that. Also,
remember that your actions will not have dynamic moving power unless you have an unwavering
faith that you get what you want. Form a clear mental picture of what you want;
hold the purpose to get it; do everything perfectly,
not in a servile spirit, but because you are a master
mind; keep unwavering faith in your ultimate attainment
of your goal, and you cannot fail to move forward.


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