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  • Orison Swett Marden - Author of motivational books
    world over to come into a better understanding of the principles of prosperity and success and he remains one of the truly outstanding writers of all time on these subjects Excerpts from the following books may be read online The following books by Orison Swett Marden are available to purchase in eBook form for immediate download They may then be read on your computer and printed out The eBooks are in Adobe Acrobat Reader pdf format An Iron Will audio book version available also Self Investment Do It To A Finish Be Good To Yourself Peace Power Plenty How to Get What You Want Cheerfulness as a Life Power The Miracle of Right Thought He Can Who Thinks He Can Pushing to the Front Volume 1 Pushing to the Front Volume 2 Kill Worry and Live Longer Making Life A Masterpiece The Hour of Opportunity Stories From Life A Book For Young People Character The Grandest Thing of All How to Succeed Stepping Stones to Fame Fortune The Life Story of Orison Swett Marden A Man Who Benefited Men The following books by Orison Swett Marden may be ordered using a Credit Card via our association with Amazon com Be sure to use the Back button on your browser after viewing or ordering to enable you to check out the other titles listed on this and our other pages Every Man a King Be Good to Yourself Character The Grandest Thing in the World The Conquest of Worry Success Nuggets Thoughts About Character Joys of Living Exceptional Employee Choosing a Career Making Life a Masterpiece I Had a Friend Training for Efficiency The Conquest of Worry Keeping Fit Love s Way Do It To a Finish Friendship Winning Out Round Pegs in Square Holes Everybody Ahead or Getting the Most Out of Life Getting On Architects of Fate or Steps to Success and Power Making Friends with Our Nerves Woman and Home Crime of Silence He Can Who Thinks He Can Uplift Book of Child Culture How To Get What You Want Masterful Personality An Iron Will Good Manners A Passport to Success Not the Salary But the Opportunity Little Visits With Great Americans Vol I Little Visits With Great Americans Vol II Not the Salary But the Opportunity How They Succeeded Optimistic Life Peace Power Plenty Prosperity How to Attract It Cheerfulness as a Life Power Pushing to the Front Part 1 Pushing to the Front Part 2 Pushing to the Front Vols 1 2 Self Discovery or Why Remain a Dwarf Rising in the World or Architects of Fate The Secret of Achievement Self Investment Selling Things Stories From Life A Book for Young People Success Fundamentals Thrift Talks With Great Workers The Victorious Attitude Ambition and Success Every Man A King Why Grow Old Power of Personality You Can But Will You The Young Man Entering Business Heading for Victory or Getting the Most Out of Life The Progressive Business Man or How the Right Mental Attitude

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  • An Iron Will by Orison Swett Marden
    his will says an English essayist makes it a stronger and more effective force in proportion to the extent to which such exercise is intelligently and perseveringly maintained The forth putting of will power is a means of strengthening will power The will becomes strong by exercise To stick to a thing till you are master is a test of intellectual discipline and power DR CUYLER It is astonishing says Dr Theodore Cuyler how many men lack this power of holding on until they reach the goal They can make a sudden dash but they lack grit They are easily discouraged They get on as long as everything goes smoothly but when there is friction they lose heart They depend on stronger personalities for their spirit and strength They lack independence or originality They only dare to do what others do They do not step boldly from the crowd and act fearlessly THE BIG TREES What is needed by him who would succeed in the highest degree possible is careful planning He is to accumulate reserved power that he may be equal to all emergencies Thomas Starr King said that the great trees of California gave him his first impression of the power of reserve It was the thought of the reserve energies that had been compacted into them he said that stirred me The mountains had given them their iron and rich stimulants the hills had given them their soil the clouds had given their rain and snow and a thousand summers and winters had poured forth their treasures about their vast roots No young man can hope to do anything above the commonplace who has not made his life a reservoir of power on which he can constantly draw which will never fail him in any emergency Be sure that you have stored away in your power house the energy the knowledge that will be equal to the great occasion when it comes If I were twenty and had but ten years to live said a great scholar and writer I would spend the first nine years accumulating knowledge and getting ready for the tenth I WILL There are no two words in the English language which stand out in bolder relief like kings upon a checker board to so great an extent as the words I will There is strength depth and solidity decision confidence and power determination vigor and individuality in the round ringing tone which characterizes its delivery It talks to you of triumph over difficulties of victory in the face of discouragement of will to promise and strength to perform of lofty and daring enterprise of unfettered aspirations and of the thousand and one solid impulses by which man masters impediments in the way of progression As one has well said He who is silent is forgotten he who does not advance falls back he who stops is overwhelmed distanced crushed he who ceases to become greater becomes smaller he who leaves off gives up the stationary is the beginning of the end it precedes death to live is to achieve to will without ceasing Be thou a hero let thy might Tramp on eternal snows its way And through the ebon walls of night Hew down a passage unto day Park Benjamin CHAPTER II THE RULERS OF DESTINY There is no chance no destiny no fate Can circumvent or hinder or control The firm resolve of a determined soul Gifts count for nothing will alone is great All things give way before it soon or late What obstacle can stay the mighty force Of the sea seeking river in its course Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait Each well born soul must win what it deserves Let the fool prate of luck The fortunate Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves Whose slightest action or inaction serves The one great aim Ella Wheeler Wilcox There is always room for a man of force Emerson The king is the man who can Carlyle A strong defiant purpose is many handed and lays hold of whatever is near that can serve it it has a magnetic power that draws to itself whatever is kindred T T Munger What is will power looked at in a large way but energy of character Energy of will self originating force is the soul of every great character Where it is there is life where it is not there is faintness helplessness and despondency Let it be your first study to teach the world that you are not wood and straw that there is some iron in you Men who have left their mark upon the world have been men of great and prompt decision The achievements of will power are almost beyond computation Scarcely anything seems impossible to the man who can will strongly enough and long enough One talent with a will behind it will accomplish more than ten without it as a thimbleful of powder in a rifle the bore of whose barrel will give it direction will do greater execution than a carload burned in the open air THE WILLS THE WON TS AND THE CAN TS There are three kinds of people in the world says a recent writer the wills the won ts and the can ts The first accomplish everything the second oppose everything the third fail in everything The shores of fortune as Foster says are covered with the stranded wrecks of men of brilliant ability but who have wanted courage faith and decision and have therefore perished in sight of more resolute but less capable adventurers who succeeded in making port Were I called upon to express in a word the secret of so many failures among those who started out with high hopes I should say they lacked will power They could not half will and what is a man without a will He is like an engine without steam Genius unexecuted is no more genius

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  • Self-Investment by Orison Swett Marden
    this lightning express age in these strenuous times when everybody has the mania to attain wealth and position we no longer have time to reflect with deliberation and to develop our powers of conversation In these great newspaper and periodical days when everybody can get for a few pennies the news and information which it has cost thousands of dollars to collect everybody sits behind the morning sheet or is buried in a book or magazine There is no longer the same need of communicating thought by the spoken word as there was formerly Oratory is becoming a lost art for the same reason Printing has become so cheap that even the poorest homes can get more reading for a few dollars than kings and noble men could afford in the Middle Ages It is a rare thing to find a polished conversationalist today So rare is it to hear one speaking exquisite English and using a superb diction that it is indeed a luxury Good reading however will not only broaden the mind and give new ideas but it will also increase one s vocabulary and that is a great aid to conversation Many people have good thoughts and ideas but they cannot express them because of the poverty of their vocabulary They have not words enough to clothe their ideas and make them attractive They talk around in a circle repeat and repeat because when they want a particular word to convey their exact meaning they cannot find it If you are ambitious to talk well you must be as much as possible in the society of well bred cultured people If you seclude yourself though you are a college graduate you will be a poor converser We all sympathize with people especially the timid and shy who have that awful feeling of repression and stifling of thought when they make an effort to say something and cannot Timid young people often suffer keenly in this way in attempting to declaim at school or college But many a great orator went through the same sort of experience when they first attempted to speak in public and was often deeply humiliated by their blunders and failures There is no other way however to become an orator or a good conversationalist than by constantly trying to express oneself efficiently and elegantly If you find that your ideas fly from you when you attempt to express them that you stammer and flounder about for words which you are unable to find you may be sure that every honest effort you make even if you fail in your attempt will make it all the easier for you to speak well the next time It is remarkable if one keeps on trying how quickly he or she will conquer their awkwardness and self consciousness and will gain ease of manner and facility of expression Everywhere we see people placed at a tremendous disadvantage because they have never learned the art of putting their ideas into interesting telling language We see brainy men and women at public gatherings when momentous questions are being discussed sit silent unable to tell what they know when they are infinitely better informed than those who are making a great deal of display of oratory or smooth talk People with a lot of ability who know a great deal often appear like a set of dummies in company while some superficial shallow brained person holds the attention of those present simply because they can tell what they know in an interesting way They are constantly humiliated and embarrassed when away from those who happen to know their real worth because they cannot carry on an intelligent conversation up on any topic There are hundreds of these silent people at our national capital many of them wives of husbands who have suddenly and unexpectedly come into political prominence Many people and this is especially true of scholars seem to think that the great desideratum in life is to get as much valuable information into the head as possible But it is just as important to know how to give our knowledge in a palatable manner as to acquire it You may be a profound scholar you may be well read in history and in politics you may be wonderfully well posted in science literature and art and yet if your knowledge is locked up within you will always be placed at a great disadvantage Locked up ability may give the individual some satisfaction but it must be exhibited expressed in some attractive way before the world will appreciate it or give credit for it It does not matter how valuable the rough diamond may be no explaining no describing its marvels of beauty within and its great value would avail nobody would appreciate it until it was ground and polished and the light let into its depths to reveal its hidden brilliancy Conversation is to the man what the cutting of the diamond is to the stone The grinding does not add anything to the diamond It merely reveals its wealth How little parents realize the harm they are doing their children by allowing them to grow up ignorant of or indifferent to the marvelous possibilities in the art of conversation In the majority of homes children are allowed to mangle the English language in a most painful way Nothing else will develop the brain and character more than the constant effort to talk well intelligently interestingly upon all sorts of topics There is a splendid discipline in the constant effort to express one s thoughts in clear language and in an interesting manner We know people who are such superb conversers that none would ever dream that they have not had the advantages of the higher schools Many a college graduate has been silenced and put to shame by people who have never even been to a high school but who have cultivated the art of self expression The school and the college employ the student comparatively a few hours a day for a few years conversation is a training in a perpetual school Many get the best part of their education in this school Conversation is a great ability discoverer a great revealer of possibilities and resources It simulates thought wonderfully We think more of ourselves if we can talk well if we can interest and hold others The power to do so increases our self respect our self confidence No man knows what he really possesses until he makes his best effort to express to others what is in him Then the avenues of the mind fly open the faculties are on the alert Every good converser has felt a power come to them from the listener which they never felt before and which often stimulates and inspires to fresh endeavor The mingling of thought with thought the contact of mind with mind develops new powers as the mixing of two chemicals produces a new third substance To converse well one must listen well also This means one must hold oneself in a receptive attitude We are not only poor conversationalists but we are poor listeners as well We are too impatient to listen Instead of being attentive and eager to drink in the story or the information we have not enough respect for the talker to keep quiet We look about impatiently perhaps snap our watch play a tattoo with our fingers on a chair or a table hitch about as if we were bored and were anxious to get away and interrupt the speaker before they reach their conclusion In fact we are such an impatient people that we have no time for anything except to push ahead to elbow our way through the crowd to get the position or the money we desire Our life is feverish and unnatural We have no time to develop charm of manner or elegance of diction We are too intense for epigram or repartee We lack time Nervous impatience is a conspicuous characteristic of the American people Everything bores us which does not bring us more business or more money or which does not help us to attain the position for which we are striving Instead of enjoying our friends we are inclined to look upon them as so many rungs in a ladder and to value them in proportion as they furnish readers for our books send us patients clients customers or show their ability to give us a boost for a coveted position Before these days of hurry and drive before this age of excitement it was considered one of the greatest luxuries possible to be a listener in a group surrounding an intelligent talker It was better than most modern lectures than anything one could find in a book for there was a touch of personality a charm of style a magnetism which held a superb personality which fascinated For the hungry soul yearning for an education to drink in knowledge from those wise lips was to be fed with a royal feast indeed But today everything is touch and go We have no time to stop on the street and give a decent salutation It is How do Or Morning accompanied by a sharp nod of the head instead of a graceful bow We have no time for the graces and the charms Everything must give way to the material We have no time for the development of a fine manner the charm of the days of chivalry and leisure has almost vanished from our civilization A new type of individual has sprung up We work like Trojans during the day and then rush to a theater or other place of amusement in the evening We have no time to make our own amusement or to develop the faculty of humor and fun making as people used to do We pay people for doing that while we sit and laugh We are like some college boys who depend upon tutors to carry them through their examinations they expect to buy their education ready made Life is becoming so artificial so forced so diverse from naturalness we drive our human engines at such a fearful speed that our finer life is crushed out Spontaneity and humor and the possibility of a fine culture and a superb charm of personality in us are almost impossible and extremely rare One cause for our conversational decline is a lack of sympathy We are too selfish too busily engaged in our own welfare and wrapped up in our own little world too intent upon our own self promotion to be interested in others No one can make a good converser who is not sympathetic You must be able to enter into another s life to live it with the other person in order to be a good talker or a good listener Walter Besant used to tell of a clever woman who had a great reputation as a conversationalist though she talked very little She had such a cordial sympathetic manner that she helped the timid and the shy to say their best things and made them feel at home She dissipated their fears and they could say things to her which they could not say to anyone else People thought her an interesting conversationalist because she had this ability to call out the best in others If you would make yourself agreeable you must be able to enter in to the life of the people with whom you converse and you must touch them along the lines of their interest No matter how much you may know about a subject if it does not happen to interest those to whom you are talking your efforts will be largely lost It is pitiable sometimes to see men standing around at the average reception or club gallery dumb almost helpless and powerless to enter heartily into the conversation because they are in a subjective mood They are thinking thinking thinking business business business thinking how they can get on a little faster get more business more clients more patients or more readers for their books or a better house to live in how they can make more show They do not enter heartily into the lives of others or abandon themselves to the occasion enough to make good talkers They are cold and reserved distant because their minds are somewhere else their affections on themselves and their own affairs There are only two things that interest them business and their own little world If you talk about these things they are interested at once but they do not care a snap about your affairs how you get on or what your ambition is or how they can help you Our conversation will never reach a high standard while we live in such a feverish selfish and unsympathetic state Great conversationalists have always been very tactful interesting without offending It does not do to stab people if you would interest them nor to drag out their family skeletons Some people have the peculiar quality of touching the best that is in us others stir up the bad Every time they come in to our presence they irritate us Others allay all that is disagreeable They never touch our sensitive spots sore spots and they call out all that is spontaneous and sweet and beautiful Lincoln was master of the art of making himself interesting to everybody he met He put people at ease with his stories and jokes and made them feel so completely at home in his presence that they opened up their mental treasures to him without reserve Strangers were always glad to talk with him because he was so cordial and quaint and always gave more than he got A sense of humor such as Lincoln had is of course a great addition to one s conversational powers But not everyone can be funny and if you lack the sense of humor you will make yourself ludicrous by attempting to be so A good conversationalist however is not too serious He does not deal too much with facts no matter how important Facts statistics weary Vivacity is absolutely necessary Heavy conversation bores Therefore to be a good conversationalist you must be spontaneous buoyant natural sympathetic and must show a spirit of good will You must feel a spirit of helpfulness and must enter heart and soul into things which interest others You must get the attention of people and hold it by interesting them and you can only interest them by a warm sympathy a real friendly sympathy If you are cold distant and unsympathetic you cannot hold their attention You must be broad tolerant A narrow stingy soul never talks well A man or woman who is always violating your sense of taste of justice and of fairness never interests you You lock tight all the approaches to your inner self every avenue is closed to them Your magnetism and your helpfulness are thus cut off and the conversation is perfunctory mechanical and without life or feeling You must bring your listener close to you must open your heart wide and exhibit a broad free nature and an open mind You must be responsive so that they will throw wide open every avenue of their nature and give you free access to their heart of hearts If a man is a success anywhere it ought to be in his personality in his power to express himself in strong effective interesting language He should not be obliged to give a stranger an inventory of his possessions in order to show that he has achieved something A greater wealth should flow from his lips and express itself in his manner No amount of natural ability or education or good clothes no amount of money will make you appear well if you cannot express yourself in good language Chapter 2 Put Beauty Into Your life Beauty is God s handwriting There is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us EMERSON WHEN the barbarians overran Greece desecrated her temples and destroyed her beautiful works of art even their savageness was somewhat tamed by the sense of beauty which prevailed everywhere They broke her beautiful statues it is true but the spirit of beauty refused to die and it transformed the savage heart and awakened even in the barbarian a new power From the apparent death of Grecian art Roman art was born Cyclops forging iron for Vulcan could not stand against Periciles forging thought for Greece The barbarian s club which destroyed the Grecian statues was no match for the chisel of Phidias and Praxiteles There was no art in Italy until the Romans conquered Greece and carried her art treasures back to Rome It was the famous Horse s Head the Farnese Bull the Marble Faun the Dying Gladiator the Boy Taking a Thorn From His Foot that were practically the basis of the whole wonderful Italian art These aided by the marvelous Italian marbles were the first to arouse the slumbering artistic faculties in the Italian people What is the best education someone asked to Plato many centuries ago It is he replied that which gives to the body and to the soul all the beauty and all the perfection of which they are capable The life that would be complete that would be sweet and sane as well as strong must be softened and enriched by a love of the beautiful Man is a very broad omnivorous animal and his harmonious development demands a great variety of food both mental and physical No matter what element we omit in his bill of fare there is a corresponding loss omission or weakness in his life You cannot get a full complete man on half a bill of fare You cannot nourish his body and starve his soul and expect him to be symmetrical well balanced poised nor you can you starve his body and nourish his soul and expect him to be a giant on the physical as well as on the spiritual plane When children do not get a sufficient or proper variety of food when they are deprived of any element necessary for the nourishment of brain nerve or muscle there is a corresponding lack in their development For want of a properly balanced diet they grow up lop sided unbalanced and unsymmetrical If for instance a child does not get enough phosphate of lime in his food Nature cannot build strong firm bone the framework of the body is weak the bones are soft and the child is liable to have rickets If his diet is lacking in nitrogenous or muscle making material his muscles will be weak and flabby he will never have the wrestling thews that throw the world If the phosphoric elements the builders of brain and nerves be deficient his whole organism will suffer brain and nerves will be incomplete lacking in energy undeveloped Just as the body of a growing child requires a wide variety of physical food to make him strong beautiful and healthy so man requires many kinds of mental food to nourish his mind and make it grow strong active and healthy The marvelous material resources of our country have so stimulated the national ambition for wealth that we are in danger of over developing the material faculties at the expense of the higher and finer ones It is not enough for us to cultivate mere physical and intellectual strength If the esthetic side of one s being an appreciation of all that is beautiful in nature and art is not fostered the life will be like a country without flowers or birds sweet scents or sounds color or music It may be strong but it will lack the graces that would adorn its strength and make it attractive The Creator has not covered the world with loveliness filled it with music and spread the beauties of earth and sea on every hand for nothing Man is the explanation of this lavishness of beauty If you would be a man in the larger sense of the word you must not be content to make one small clearing in the forest of your nature and let all the rest remain unreclaimed The pursuit of merchandise of material gain in any form develops only a very small part of one s being and that often the selfish and coarser side There is a lack in the make up of a person who has no appreciation of beauty who does not thrill before a great picture or an entrancing sunset or a glimpse of beauty in nature Savages have no appreciation of beauty They have a passion for adornment but there is nothing to show that their esthetic faculties are developed They merely obey their animal instincts and passions But as civilization advances ambition grows wants multiply and higher and higher faculties show themselves until in the highest expression of civilization we find aspiration and love of the beautiful most highly developed We find it manifested on the person in the home in the environment The late Professor Charles Eliot Norton of Harvard University one of the finest thinkers of his day said that beauty has played an immense part in the development of the highest qualities in human beings and that civilization could be measured by its architecture sculpture and painting A love for the beautiful has a refining softening enriching influence upon character which nothing else can supply It is most unfortunate for a child to be brought up in an atmosphere in which it is missing and where only a money loving spirit is manifested where he is trained to think that the most important thing in life is to get more money more houses and lands instead of more manhood more nobility more sweetness more beauty It is cruel to twist a young life out of its God intended orbit by such false training to wrench it from its spiritual center and set it towards a material goal while the mind is plastic and capable of being molded to any impression good or evil Children should live in the midst of beauty in art and nature as much as possible No opportunity to call their attention to a beautiful object should be lost In this way their whole lives may be enriched by treasures which no amount of money in after years can purchase for them What an infinite satisfaction comes from beginning early in life to cultivate our finer qualities to develop higher sentiments purer tastes and more delicate feelings the love of the beautiful in all its varied forms of expression One can make no better investment than the cultivation of a taste for the beautiful for it will bring rainbow hues and enduring joys to the whole life It will not only greatly increase one s capacity for happiness but also one s efficiency A remarkable instance of the elevating refining influence of beauty has been demonstrated by a Chicago school teacher who fitted up in her school a beauty corner for her pupils It was furnished with a stained glass window a divan covered with an Oriental rug and a few fine photographs and paintings among which was a picture of the Sistine Madonna Several other esthetic trifles artistically arranged completed the furnishings of the beauty corner The children took great delight in their little retreat especially in the exquisite coloring of the stained glass window Insensibly their conduct and demeanor were affected by the beautiful objects with which they daily associated They became more gentle more refined more thoughtful and considerate A young Italian boy in particular who had been incorrigible before the establishment of the beauty corner became in a short time so changed and softened that the teacher was astonished One day she asked what it was that had recently made him so good Pointing to the picture of the Sistine Madonna the boy said How can a fella do bad things whom she s looking at him Character is fed largely through the eye and ear The thousand voices in nature of bird and insect and brook the soughing of the wind through the trees the scent of flower and meadow the myriad tints in earth and sky in ocean and forest mountain and hill are just as important for the development of a real man as the education he receives in the schools If you take no beauty into your life through the eye or the ear to stimulate and develop your esthetic faculties your nature will be hard juiceless and unattractive Nothing else can ever quite take the place in life of the development of the faculty for appreciating the beautiful It is a connecting link between man and the Great Author of the beautiful At no other time do our spirits come into such close touch with the divine as when we are lost in the contemplation of the sublimity the grandeur and perfection of the universe Then we actually seem to see the creative processes of the Infinite Mind Just try the effect of putting beauty into your life a little every day You will find it magical It will broaden and light up your outlook upon the world as the acquisition of money or fame never can Put variety into your mental bill of fare as well as into your physical It will pay you rich returns No matter if you are strong and rugged and able to work every day in the year your mind needs a change even if your body does not If you feed upon the same mental food if you have practically the same experiences every day of the three hundred and sixty five year in and year out there will be disaster somewhere in your life Unfoldment of the esthetic faculties is one of the most important factors in our success and happiness in the ennobling and uplifting of our lives Ruskin s love of the beautiful gave his whole life an indescribable charm and loftiness It kept him looking upward as well as outward It purified and exalted while it held him spell bound It was the constant reaching out after the beautiful in nature and art in his divine interpretation of all that man and nature mean which gave zest and enthusiasm earnestness and divine significance to his great life work Beauty is a quality of divinity and to live much with the beautiful is to live close to the Divine The more we see of beauty everywhere in nature in life in man and child in work and rest in the outward and the inward world the more we see of God good There are many evidences in the New Testament that Christ was a great lover of the beautiful especially in nature Was it not He who said Consider the lilies of the field they toil not neither do they spin yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these Back of the lily and the rose back of landscape back of all beautiful things that enchant us there is the great Lover of the beautiful and great beauty Principle Every star that twinkles in the sky every flower bids us look behind it for its source points us to the Great Author of the beautiful The love of beauty plays a very important part in the poised symmetrical life We little realize how much we are influenced by beautiful people and things We may see them so often that they become common in our experience and fail to attract much of our conscious attention but every beautiful picture every beautiful sunset and bit of landscape every beautiful face and form and flower beauty in any form wherever we encounter it ennobles refines and elevates character There is everything in keeping the soul and mind responsive to beauty It is a great refreshner recuperator life giver health promoter Our American life tends to kill the finer sentiments to discourage the development of charm and grace as well as beauty it over emphasizes the value of material things and underestimates that of esthetic things which are far more developed in countries where the dollar is not the God As long as we persist in sending all the sap and energy of our being in to the money making gland or faculty and letting the social faculty the esthetic faculty and all the finer nobler faculties lie dormant and even die we certainly cannot expect a well rounded and symmetrical life for only faculties that are used brain cells that are exercised grow all others atrophy If the finer instincts in man and the nobler qualities that live in the higher brain are under developed and the coarser instincts which dwell in the lower brain close to the brute faculties are over developed man must pay the penalty of animality and will lack appreciation of all that is finest and most beautiful in life Isn t it pitiable shameful almost criminal that we give practically all our efforts to the useful and allow the beautiful to play such an unimportant part in our life that we should take so little pains to read God s handwriting in every created thing The vision that you hold in your mind the ideal that is enthroned in your heart this you will build your life by this you will become It is the quality of mind of ideals and not mere things that make a man It is as essential to cultivate the esthetic faculties and the heart qualities as to cultivate what we call the intellect The time will come when our children will be taught both at home and in school to consider beauty as a most precious gift which must be preserved in purity sweetness and cleanliness and regarded as a divine instrument of education There is no investment which will give such returns as the culture of the finer self the development of the sense of the beautiful the sublime and the true the development of qualities that are crushed out or strangled in the mere dollar chaser There are a thousand evidences in us that were intended for temples of beauty of sweetness of loveliness of beautiful ideas and not mere storehouses for vulgar things There is nothing else which will pay so well as to train the finest and truest the most beautiful qualities in us in order that we may see beauty everywhere and be able to extract sweetness from everything Everywhere we go there are a thousand things to educate the best there is in us Every sunset landscape mountain hill and tree has secrets of charm and beauty waiting for us In every patch of meadow or wheat in every leaf and flower the trained eye will see beauty which would charm an angel The cultured ear will find harmony in forest and field melody in the babbling brook and untold pleasure in all Nature s songs Whatever our vocation we should resolve that we will not strangle all that is finest and noblest in us for the sake of the dollar but that we will put beauty into our life at every opportunity Just in proportion to your love for the beautiful will you acquire its charms and develop its graces The beauty thought the beauty ideal will out picture themselves in the face and manner If you are in love with beauty you will be an artist of some kind Your profession may be to make the home beautiful and sweet or you may work at a trade but whatever your vocation if you are in love with the beautiful it will purify your taste elevate and enrich your life and make you a true artist instead of a mere artisan There is no doubt that in the future beauty will play an infinitely greater part in civilized life than it has thus tar It is becoming commercialized everywhere The trouble with us is that the tremendous material prizes in this land of opportunity are so tempting that we have lost sight of the higher man We have developed ourselves along the animal side of our nature the greedy grasping side The great majority of us are still living in the basement of our beings Now and then one ascends to the upper stories and gets a glimpse of the life beautiful the life worthwhile There is nothing on earth that will so slake the thirst of the soul as the beauty which expresses itself in sweetness and light An old traveling man relates that once when on a trip to the West he sat next to an elderly lady who every now and then would lean out of the open window and pour some thick salt it seemed to him from a bottle When she had emptied the bottle she would refill it from a hand bag A friend to whom this man related the incident told him he was acquainted with the lady who was a great lover of flowers and an earnest follower of the precept Scatter your flowers as you go for you may never travel the same road again He said she added greatly to the beauty of the landscape along the railroads on which she traveled by her custom of scattering flower seeds along the track as she rode Many roads have thus been beautified and refreshed by this old lady s love of the beautiful and her effort to scatter beauty wherever she went If we would all cultivate a love of the beautiful and scatter beauty seeds as we go through life what a paradise this earth would become What a splendid opportunity a vacation in the country offers to put beauty into the life to cultivate the esthetic faculties which in most people are wholly undeveloped and inactive To some it is like going into God s great gallery of charm and beauty They find in the landscape the valley the mountains the fields the meadows the flowers the streams the brooks and the rivers riches that no money can buy beauties that would enchant the angels But this beauty and glory cannot be bought they are only for those who can see them appreciate them who can read their message and respond to their affinity Have you ever felt the marvelous power of beauty in nature If not you have missed one of the most exquisite joys in life I was once going through the Yosemite valley and after riding one hundred miles in a stage coach over rough mountain roads I was so completely exhausted that it did not seem as though I could keep my seat until we traveled over the ten more miles which would bring us to our destination But on looking down from the top of the mountain I caught a glimpse of the celebrated Yosemite Falls and the surrounding scenery just as the sun broke through the clouds and there was revealed a picture of such rare beauty and marvelous pictur esqueness that every particle of fatigue brain fag and muscle weariness departed in an instant My whole soul thrilled with a winged sense of sublimity grandeur and beauty which I had never before experienced and which I never can forget I felt a spiritual uplift which brought tears of joy to my eyes No one can contemplate the wonderful beauties of Nature and doubt that the Creator must have intended that man made in His own image and likeness should be equally beautiful Beauty of 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    make the perpetrator an outcast from society Where a tiny flaw or the slightest defect may cost a precious life carelessness is as much a crime as deliberate criminality If everybody put his conscience into his work did it to a complete finish it would not only reduce the loss of human life the mangling and maiming of men and women to a fraction of what it is at present but it would also give us a higher quality of manhood and womanhood It takes honest work to make an honest character The habit of doing poor slovenly work will after a while make the worker dis honest in other things The man who habitually slights his work slights his own character Botched work makes way for a botched life Our work is a part of us Every half done job you let go through your hands diminishes your competence your efficiency your ability to do good work It is an offense against your self respect an insult to your highest ideal Every inferior piece of work you do is an enemy which pulls you down keeps you from getting on in life CHAPTER 2 THE RELATION OF WORK TO CHARACTER NOTHING kills ambition or lowers the life standard quicker than familiarity with inferiority that which is cheap the cheap John method of doing things We unconsciously become like those with whom we are regularly associated It becomes part of us and the habit of doing things in an inferior slovenly way weaves its fatal defects into the very texture of the character and becomes part of a lower life standard Most young people think too much of quantity and too little of quality in their work They try to do too much and do not always take the time and care necessary to doing it well They do not realize that the education the comfort the satisfaction the general improvement and bracing up of the whole man that comes from doing one thing absolutely right If only they understood the importance of putting the trademark of one s character into the final product realizing how that one act far outweighs the lesser value of doing a thousand botched or lazy jobs We are so easily influenced that the quality which we put into our life work affects everything else in our lives and tends to bring our whole conduct to the same level The entire person takes on the characteristics of one s usual way of doing things The habit of precision and accuracy strengthens the mentality and improves the whole character On the contrary doing things in a loose jointed slipshod careless manner deteriorates the whole mentality demoralizes the mental processes and pulls down the quality of the entire life experience Every half done or slovenly job that goes out of your hands leaves its trace of demoralization behind takes a bit away from your self respect After slighting your work after doing a poor job you are

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    sane simple life we would never need to take medicine But the way many of us live is a crime against nature against manhood against our possibilities It is amazing that otherwise shrewd sensible people can deceive themselves into practicing petty economies which are in reality ruinous extravagances No good mechanic would for a moment think of using tools that are out of order Think of a barber trying to run a first class shop with dull razors Think of a carpenter or cabinet maker attempting to turn out finished work with dull chisels saws planes or other tools The man who wants to do a fine piece of work whether it be the painting of a picture or the building of a house must have everything with which he works in the best possible condition otherwise the quality of his work will suffer The great thing in life is efficiency If you amount to anything in the world your time is valuable your energy precious They are your success capital and you cannot afford to heedlessly throw them away or trifle with them Whatever else you do husband your strength save your vitality hang on to it with the determination with which a drowning man seizes and clings to a log or spar at sea Store up every bit of your physical force for it is your achievement material your manhood or womanhood timber Having this the man or woman who has no money is rich compared with the person of wealth who has squandered their vitality thrown away their precious life energy Gold is but dross compared with this diamonds but rubbish houses and lands are contemptible beside it Dissipaters of precious vitality are the wickedest kind of spendthrifts they are worse than money spendthrifts they are suicides for they are killing their every chance in life Of what use is ability if you cannot use it offerees that are demoralized weakened by petty false economies What use is great brain power even genius if you are physically weak if your vitality is so reduced either by vicious living or lack of proper care that your energy becomes exhausted with the very least effort To be confronted by a great opportunity of which you are powerless to take advantage because you have let your energy leak away in useless vicious ways or to feel that you can only take hold of your great chance tremblingly weakly with doubt instead of assurance and a consciousness of vigor is one of the most disheartening experiences that can ever come to a human being If you would make the most of yourself cut away all of your vitality sappers get rid of everything which hampers you and holds you back everything which wastes your energy cuts down your working capital Get freedom at any cost Do not drag about with you a body that is half dead through vicious habits which sap your vitality and drain off your life forces Do not do anything or touch anything which will lower your vitality or lessen your chances of advancement Always ask yourself What is there in this thing I am going to do which will add to my life work increase my power keep me in superb condition to do the best thing possible to me Much precious energy is wasted in fretting worrying grumbling fault finding in the little frictions and annoyances that accomplish nothing but merely make you irritable cripple and exhaust you Just look back over yesterday and see where your energy went to See how much of it leaked away in trifles and in vicious practices You may have lost more brain and nerve force in a burst of passion a fit of hot temper than in doing your normal work in an entire day Some people are very careful to keep the pianos in their homes in tune but they never trouble themselves about the human instruments which are out of tune most of the time They try to play the great life symphonies on a living instrument that is jangled and out of tune and then wonder why they produce discord instead of harmony The great aim of your life should be to keep your powers up to the highest possible standard to so conserve your energies guard your health that you can make every occasion a great occasion The trouble with most of us is that we do not half appreciate the marvelousness of the human mechanism nor the divinity of the man that dwells in it Man is an infinite little copy of God says Victor Hugo That is glory enough for man Little as I am I feel the God in me Unfortunately most of us do not feel the God in us we do not realize our powers and possibilities We lose sight of our divinity We live in our animal senses instead of rising into the God like faculties We crawl when we might fly CHAPTER 2 Economy That Costs Too Much A Paris bank clerk who was carrying a bag of gold through the streets dropped a ten franc piece which rolled from the side walk He set his bag down to look for the lost piece and while he was trying to extricate it from the glitter someone stole his bag and ran away with it I know a rich man who has become such a slave to the habit of economizing when he was trying to get a start in the world that he has not been able to break away from it and will very often lose a dollar s worth of valuable time trying to save a dime He goes through his home and turns the lights down so low that it is almost impossible to get around without stumbling over chairs Several members of his family have received injuries from running against half open doors or stumbling over furniture in the dark and once while I was present a member of the family spilt a bottle of ink upon a costly carpet in passing from one room to another in the darkness This man although now wealthy tears off the unused half sheets of letters cuts out the backs of envelopes for scribbling paper and is constantly spending time trying to save little things which are utterly out of proportion to the value to him of the time thus consumed He carries the same spirit of niggardly economy into his business He makes his employees save strings from bundles as a matter of principle even if it takes twice as much time as the string is worth and practices all sorts of trifling economies equally foolish True economy is not stinginess or meanness It often means very large outlay for it always has the larger end in view True economy means the wisest expenditure of what we have everything considered looking at it from the broadest standpoint It is not a good thing to save a nickel at the expenditure of twenty five cent s worth of time Comparatively few people have a healthy view of what real saving or economy means Many have been run over by street cars or other vehicles in New York while trying to recover a dropped package a hat an umbrella or a cane I know a young man who has lost many opportunities for advancement and a large amount of business by false economy in dress and smallness regarding expenditures He believes that a suit of clothes and a neck tie should be worn until they are threadbare He would never think of inviting a customer or a prospective customer to luncheon or of offering to pay their car fare if he happened to be traveling with them He has such a reputation for being stingy even to meanness that people do not like to do business with him False economy has cost this man very dear Many people injure their health seriously by trying to save money If you are ambitious to do your best work beware of economies that cost too much No ambitious person can afford to feed their brain with poor diet or wrong fuel To do so would be as foolhardy as for a great factory to burn shavings and refuse material because good coal was too expensive Whatever you do however poor you may be don t stint or try to economize in the food fuel which is the very foundation and secret of your success in life Economize in other things if you must wear threadbare clothes if necessary but never cheat your body or brain by the quality and quantity of your food Poor cheap food which produces low vitality and inferior brain force is the worst kind of economy There are lots of ambitious people with mistaken ideas of economy who rarely ever get the kind and quality of food which is capable of making the best blood and the best brain Who that is anxious to make the most of their life can afford to stint and starve upon foods that are incapable of making them do the best thing possible to them The ambitious farmer selects the finest ears of corn and the finest grain fruits and vegetables for seed He cannot afford to cumber his precious soil with bad seed Can the man or woman who is ambitious to make the most of themselves afford to eat cheap stale foods which have lost their great energizing principle Everywhere we see businessmen patronizing cheap restaurants eating indigestible food drinking cheap diluted or doctored milk saving a little money but taking a great deal out of themselves The most precious investment a man or woman can make is to be just as good to themselves as they possibly can and never under any circumstances pinch or economize in things which can help them to do the greatest thing possible to them There is no doubt that the efficiency of numerous people is kept down many percent by improper diet inferior foods Many an individual who thinks they are economizing because they spend only fifteen or twenty cents for their lunch may lose dollars in possible efficiency because of this short sighted economy You should take as little as possible out of yourself during your work or recreation This does not mean that you should not enter whole heartedly fling yourself with great zest into your work and play but that you should not needlessly waste your vitality When you are traveling long distances and can possibly afford it take a chair car a sleeper and take your meals regularly and thus save time and energy and conserve your health Look at the people of means who are too stingy to take a chair or berth in a Pullman car or to eat their meals in a dining car when they travel They take many times more out of themselves by their cheap economy than the little money they save is worth Their ideas are mean and stingy their efforts lifeless and lacking in enthusiasm buoyancy because they have sacrificed their physical selves have not taken food that can produce ideas brain force Being good to themselves would have made all the difference between discomfort and irregularity and comfort and well being and the money spent would have brought them double returns for when they got to their destination instead of being jaded depleted of their vitality they would have been fresh vigorous and in condition to do effective work or to enjoy themselves I used to travel with a businessman who was much better off financially than I was yet he would never take a sleeper at night nor go into a dining car for his meals but he would take his luncheon with him or live on sandwiches or what he could pick up at lunch counters on the route The result was that when he arrived in far Western cities he would be so used up and tired and his stomach so out of order from irregular eating that it would take him several days to get straightened out and he lost a great deal of valuable time No man can afford to transact important business when he is not in prime condition and it pays one in health and in comfort as well as financially to be very good to oneself especially when health and a clear brain are our best capital Power is the goal of the highest ambition Anything which will add to one s personal force which will increase one s vigor brain power is worth its price no matter how much it costs Spend generously for anything which will raise your achievement power which will make you a broader abler man or woman Multitudes of people are handicapped for years because of constant nervous headaches which are simply due to eye strain They oftentimes have some slight defect in the lens of the eye which causes a great deal of suffering and which can be corrected and entirely removed by glasses but because of mistaken ideas of economy they delay getting them I know a business man who lost a considerable amount of time periodically through neglect of his feet Every step he took pained him yet he could not bear the idea of paying money to a chiropodist and submitting to a simple operation which finally after years of suffering was performed and gave him immediate relief Many people delay some needed trivial surgical or dental operation for months or even years simply because they dread the expense thus not only suffering a great deal of unnecessary pain all this time but also incapacitating themselves from giving the best thing in them to their vocations The great thing is to make it a life principle never to delay the remedy of anything which is retarding our progress keeping us down We little realize what a fearful amount of energy and precious vitality is wasted in most lives through false ideas of economy Some people will waste a dollar s worth of valuable time and suffer much discomfort in visiting numerous stores looking for bargains and trying to save a few cents on some small purchase they wish to make They will buy wearing apparel of inferior material because the price is low although they know the articles will not wear well Bargain hunters are often victims of false economy They buy because they are cheap a great many things they do not actually need Then they will tell you how much they have saved If they would reckon up what they have expended in a year they would generally find that they have spent more than if they had only bought what they actually wanted when they needed it and had paid the regular price for it Many people have a mania for attending auctions and buying all sorts of truck which does not match anything else they have The result is that their homes are veritable nightmares as to taste and fitness of things Then they never get the first best wear of anything These second hand things are often just on the point of giving out and constantly need repairing Beds break down legs come off bureaus castors are always coming out and something is going to pieces all the time This foolish buying is the worst kind of extravagance Quality durability should be the first considerations in buying anything for constant use Yet many people keep themselves poor by buying cheap articles which do not last Thair iz sertin kinds of ekonomy that don t pa says Josh Billings and one of them iz that thair iz a grate menny pepul in the world who try to ekonomize by stratenin pins I have seen a lady spoil a pair of fine gloves trying to rescue a nickel which had fallen into the mud There are plenty of women who would not think of throwing away a nickel but who would not hesitate to throw fifty cents worth of good food into the garbage pail It is a strange fact that people who are close and stingy with their money are often extremely liberal with what the money will buy especially when put into foodstuffs In their estimation most of the value seems to evaporate in the cooking One should live between extravagance and meanness Don t save money by starving your mind It is false economy never to take a holiday or never to spend money for an evening s amusement or for a useful book P F Barnum once said Economy is not meanness True economy consists in always making the income exceed the outgo Most people fail to do their greatest work because they do not put the emphasis on the right thing They do not always keep the goal their larger possibility in view They handicap their prospects and kill their greater opportunities by keeping their eyes fixed on petty economies Many men become slaves to the habit of economizing and without realizing it constantly strangle their business There is no greater delusion than that cheapness is economy I have watched for some time a New York skyscraper erected years ago under contract The owners dickered with a great many builders finally letting the contract to the one who bid the lowest The original estimate made by a reliable builder for a thoroughly substantial first class building was cut down over a hundred thousand dollars by this cheap concern The result is that in their grasping greed to save the owners over reached themselves and the building has been a source of anxiety to them ever since its erection Everything about it is cheap shoddy or rickety There is scarcely a day that something is not out of order somewhere The walls crack the floors settle the doors warp and the windows stick There

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    and who under ordinary circumstances cannot endure without an anesthetic the extraction of a tooth or the cutting of flesh even in a trivial operation can when mangled in an accident far from civilization stand the amputation of a limb without as much fear and terror as they might suffer at home from the lancing of a felon I have seen a dozen strong men go to their deaths in a fire without showing the slightest sign of fear There is something within every one of us that braces us up in a catastrophe and makes us equal to any emergency This something is the God in us These brave firemen did not shrink even when they saw every means of escape cut off The last rope thrown to them had consumed away the last ladder had crumbled to ashes and they were still in a burning tower one hundred feet above a blazing roof Yet they showed no sign of fear or cowardice when the tower sank into the seething cauldron of flame When in Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota I was told that in the early days there before telephone railroad or telegraph communication had been established the people were obliged to send a hundred miles for a physician For this reason the services of a doctor were beyond the reach of persons of moderate means The result was that people learned to depend upon themselves to such an extent that it was only on extremely rare occasions usually in a case of severe accident or some great emergency that a physician was sent for Some of the largest families of children in the place had been reared without a physician ever coming into the house When I asked some of these people if they were ever sick they replied no we are never sick simply because we are obliged to keep well We cannot afford to have a physician and even if we could it would take so long to get him here that the sick one might be dead before he arrived One of the most unfortunate things that has come to us through what we call higher civilization is the killing of faith in our power of disease resistance In our large cities people make great preparations for sickness They expect it anticipate it and consequently have it It is only a block or two to a physician a drug store is on every other corner and the temptation to send for the physician or to get drugs at the slightest symptom of illness tends to make them more and more dependent on outside help and less able to control their physical discords During the frontier days there were little villages and hamlets which physicians rarely entered and here the people were strong and healthy and independent They developed great powers of disease resistance There is no doubt that the doctor habit in many families has a great deal to do with the developing of unfortunate physical conditions in the child Many mothers are always calling the doctor whenever there is the least sign of disturbance in the children The result is that the child grows up with this disease picture doctor picture medicine picture in its mind and it influences its whole life The time will come when a child and any kind of medicine will be considered a very incongruous combination Were children properly reared in the love thought in the truth thought in the harmony thought were they trained to right thinking a doctor or medicine would be rarely needed Within the last ten years tens of thousands of families have never tasted medicine or required the services of a physician It is becoming more and more certain that the time will come when the belief in the necessity of employing someone to patch us up to mend the Almighty s work will be a thing of the past The creator never put man s health happiness and welfare at the mercy of the mere accident of happening to live near physicians He never left the grandest of His creations to the mercy of any chance cruel fate or destiny never intended that the life health and well being of one of His children should hang upon the contingency of being near a remedy for his ills never placed him where his own life health and happiness would depend upon the chance of happening to be where a certain plant might grow or a certain mineral exist which could cure him Is it not more rational to believe that He would put the remedies for man s ills within himself in his own mind where they are always available than that He would store them in herbs and minerals in remote parts of the earth where practically but a small portion of the human race would ever discover them countless millions dying in total ignorance of their existence There is a latent power a force of indestructible life an immortal principle of health in every individual which if developed would heal all our wounds and furnish a balm for the hurts of the world How rare a thing it is for people to be ill upon any great occasion in which they are to be active participants How unusual for a woman even though in very delicate health to be sick upon a particular day on which she has been invited to a royal reception or to visit the White House at Washington Chronic invalids have been practically cured by having great responsibilities thrust upon them By the death of some relative or the loss of property or through some emergency they have been forced out of their seclusion into the public gaze forced away from the very opportunity of thinking of themselves dwelling upon their troubles their symptoms and lo the symptoms have disappeared Thousands of women are living today in comparative health who would have been dead years ago had they not been forced by necessity out of their diseased thoughts and compelled to think of others to work for them to provide and plan for those dependent upon them Multitudes of men and women would be sick in bed if they could afford it but the hungry mouths to feed the children to clothe these and all the other obligations of life so press upon them that they cannot stop working they must keep going whether they feel like it or not What does the world not owe that imperious must that strenuous effort which we make when driven to desperation when all outside help has been cut off and we are forced to call upon all that is within us to extricate ourselves from an unfortunate situation Many of the greatest things in the world have been accomplished under the stress of this impelling must merciless in its lashings and proddings to accomplishment Necessity has been a priceless spur which has helped man to perform miracles against incredible odds Every person who amounts to anything feels within themselves a power which is ever pushing them on and urging them to perpetual improvement Whether they feel like it or not this inward monitor holds them to their task It is this little insistent must that dogs our steps that drives and bestirs us that makes us willing to suffer privations and endure hardships inconveniences and discomforts to work slavishly in fact when inclination tempts us to take life easy Chapter 2 Poverty A Mental Disability The worst thing about poverty is the poverty thought It is the conviction that we are poor and must remain so that is fatal to the gaining or competence Holding the poverty thought keeps us in poverty stricken and poverty producing conditions POVERTY is an abnormal condition It does not fit any human being s constitution It contradicts the promise and the prophecy of the divine in man The Creator never intended that man should be a pauper a drudge or a slave There is not a single indication in man s wonderful mechanism that he was created for a life of poverty There is something larger and grander for him in the divine plan than perpetual slavery to the bread winning problem No individual can do their best work bring out the best thing in them while they feel want tugging at their heels while they are hampered restricted forever at the mercy of pinching circumstances The very poor those struggling to keep the wolf at bay cannot be independent They cannot order their lives Often they cannot afford to express their opinions or to have individual views They cannot always afford to live in decent locations or in healthful houses Praise it who will poverty in its extreme form is narrowing belittling contracting ambition killing an unmitigated curse There is little hope in it little prospect in it little joy in it It often develops the worst in man and kills love between those who would otherwise live happily together It is difficult for the average human being to be a real man or a real woman in extreme poverty When worried embraced entangled with debts forced to make a dime perform the proper work of a dollar it is almost impossible to preserve that dignity and self respect which enable a man to hold up his head and look the world squarely in the face Some rare and beautiful souls have done this and in dire poverty have given us examples of noble living that the world will never forget but on the other hand how many has its lash driven to the lowest depths Everywhere we see the marks of pinching grinding blighting poverty The hideous evidences of want stare us in the face everyday We see it in prematurely old depressed faces and in children who have had no childhood and who have borne the mark of the poverty curse ever since their birth We see it shadowing bright young faces and often blighting the highest ambition and dwarfing the most brilliant ability Poverty is more often a curse than a blessing and those who praise its virtues would be the last to accept its hard conditions I wish I could fill every youth with an utter dread and horror of it make them feel its shame when preventable its constraint its bitterness its strangling effect There is no disgrace in unpreventable poverty We respect and honor people who are poor because of ill health or misfortune which they cannot prevent The disgrace is in not doing our level best to better our condition What we denounce is preventable poverty that which is due to vicious living to slovenly slipshod systemless work to idling and dawdling or to laziness that poverty which is due to the lack of effort to wrong thinking or to any preventable cause Every man and women should be ashamed of poverty which they can prevent not only because it is a reflection upon their ability and will make others think less of them but also because it will make them think less of themselves The trouble with many of poverty s victims today is that they have no confidence that they can get away from poverty They hear so much about the poor man s lack of opportunities that the great money combination will compel nearly everybody in the future to work for somebody else they hear so much talk of the grasping and the greed of the rich that they gradually lose confidence in their ability to cope with the conditions and become disheartened I do not overlook the heartless grinding grasping practices of many of the rich or the unfair and cruel conditions brought about by unscrupulous political and financial schemers but I wish to show the poor man that not withstanding all these things multitudes of poor people do rise above their iron environment and that there is hope for him The mere fact that so many continue to rise year after year out of just such conditions as you may think are fatal to your advancement ought to convince you that you also can conquer your environment When an individual loses confidence every other success quality gradually leaves them and life becomes a grind They lose ambition and energy are not so careful about their personal appearance are not so painstaking do not use the same system and order in their work grow slack and slovenly and slipshod in every way and become less and less capable of conquering poverty Because they cannot keep up appearances and live in the same style as their wealthy neighbors poor people often become discouraged and do not try to make the best of what they have They do not put their best foot forward and endeavor with all their might to throw off the evidences of poverty If there is anything that paralyzes power it is the effort to reconcile ourselves to an unfortunate environment instead of regarding it as abnormal and trying to get away from it Poverty itself is not so bad as the poverty thought It is the conviction that we are poor and must remain so that is fatal It is the attitude of mind that is destructive the facing toward poverty and feeling so reconciled to it that one does not turn about face and struggle to get away from it with a determination which knows no retreat It is facing the wrong way toward the black depressing hopeless outlook that kills effort and demoralizes ambition So long as you carry around a poverty atmosphere and radiate the poverty thought you will be limited You will never be anything but a beggar while you think beggarly thoughts a poor man or woman while you think poverty thoughts a failure while you think failure thoughts If you are afraid of poverty if you dread it if you have a horror of coming to want in old age it is more likely to come to you because this constant fear saps your courage shakes your self confidence and makes you less able to cope with hard conditions The magnet must be true to itself it must attract things like itself The only instrument by which man has ever attracted anything in this world is his mind and his mind is like his thought if it is saturated with the fear thought the poverty thought no matter how hard he works he will attract poverty You walk in the direction in which you face if you persist in facing toward poverty you cannot expect to reach abundance When every step you take is on the road to failure you cannot expect to reach the success goal If you can conquer inward poverty we can soon conquer poverty of outward things for when we change the mental attitude the physical changes do correspond Holding the poverty thought keeps us in touch with poverty stricken poverty producing conditions and the constant thinking of poverty talking poverty living poverty make us mentally poor This is the worst kind of poverty We cannot travel toward prosperity until the mental attitude faces prosperity As long as we look toward despair we shall never arrive at the harbor of delight The individual who persists in holding their mental attitude toward poverty or who is always thinking of their hard luck and failure to get on can by no possibility go in the opposite direction where the goal of prosperity lies I know a young man who was graduated from Yale only a few years ago a broad shouldered vigorous young fellow who says that he hasn t the price of a hat and that if his father did not send him five dollars a week he would go hungry This young man is the victim of discouragement of the poverty thought He says that he does not believes there is any success for him He has tried many things and has failed in them all He says he has no confidence in his ability that his education has been a failure and that he has never believed he could succeed So he has drifted from one thing to another and is poor and a nobody just because of his mental attitude because he does not face the right way If you would attract good fortune you must get rid of doubt As long as that stands between you and your ambition it will be a bar that will cut you off You must have faith No man or woman can make a fortune while they are convinced that they can t The I can t philosophy has wrecked more careers than almost anything else Confidence is the magic key that unlocks the door of supply I never knew a person to be successful who was always talking about business being bad The habit of looking down talking down is fatal to advancement The creator has bidden every human being to look up not down has made them to climb not to grovel There is no providence which keeps a person in poverty or in painful or distressing circumstances A young man of remarkable ability who has an established position in the business world recently told me that for a long time he had been very poor and remained so until he made up his mind that he was not intended to be poor that poverty was really a mental disease of which he intended to rid himself He formed a habit of daily affirming abundance and plenty of asserting his faith in himself and in his ability to become a man of means and importance in the world He persistently drove the poverty thought out of his mind He would have nothing to do with it He would not allow himself to think of possible failure He turned his face toward the success goal

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  • How To Get What You Want by Orison Swett Marden
    him for he felt his kingship his power over all the things that had so terrified him in the past When an individual has once proved beyond question that they have great latent power vast possibilities which had never before been called out it would be impossible that they should ever again be satisfied with the half life they had been living Their whole newly discovered nature would revolt against a return to the lower plane on which their weaker lesser self had lived You perhaps were reared under conditions which have kept you ignorant of your own possibilities until something has happened to throw a new light upon your real nature Then you discovered that you were not the tame timid sheep that you had always thought you were until that something happened which has revealed the lion in you Perhaps you have been wandering all your past life living in the shepherd s folds in the churches perhaps never dreaming that you were not a sheep that you did not belong to that particular shepherd s fold Yet you may have had an instinctive feeling that there was something in you which did not respond to the sheep call that there was a something within you which did not fit your environment which did not belong to the conditions in which you found yourself You may have been conscious that there was something in you which never responded to the call which appealed to those about you You may have heard the voice that answered your yearning while reading an inspiring book or while listening to a new philosophy conversation which seemed to open up a new compartment in your nature No matter where you hear this call when yo do hear it something within you will answer the call and you will know that you have been touched to a higher a finer purpose The new philosophy however especially appeals to the undiscovered part of us to those hidden latent forces within us which we have not hitherto been able to get hold of In other words it appeals to our hitherto unused assets our plus or surplus life capital You will find something in people who have embraced it in people who understand it which you do not find in others The new philosophy acts like a leaven in the nature giving new life new force new meaning to the individual In short it discovers a new human being in the old one It neutralizes destroys that which would degrade them those things which were working against their welfare and it develops new forces unlocks new resources which enlarge the individual During the past hundred years not a single new quality or new principle has been added to the laws of chemistry not an iota of change has been made in the laws of physics and yet what miracles of discovery of invention the great scientists and inventors have called out of these very same qualities and laws during the last hundred years Sir Isaac Newton had the same identical material the same identical laws of chemistry physics which Edison is using today but Edison has called out hundreds of inventions to Newton s one discovery Human nature like natural law is the same today as it was centuries ago but what a marvelous development of man s power we are witnessing today How amazing has been the advancement of human ability What marvelous strides in intelligence in efficiency and in the development of his natural resources man has made We marvel at all this but the new philosophy is disclosing to man a new and more potent law back of the flesh but not of it an intelligence back of the crystal back of the atom back of the electron which directs molds fashions conditions the future of every particle of matter in the universe Previously this was ascribed to an unknown law A hundred years ago people did not know that when a crystal was dissolved it would always assume the exact form of the same kind of crystal when its particles were free to re arrange themselves We did not then know that the ambition which appears in man is really an aggregate of the ambition in the separate electrons We did not then know that a man s history was largely determined in the electrons themselves But science is now beginning to recognize that the great cosmic intelligence is back of everything in the universe of every expression of nature of every step in man s upward journey through the ages The new philosophy especially appeals to that unknown part of us which is still waiting to be discovered that part which is still locked up tight in the great within of us It plays the part of a Columbus and discovers vast territory within us of which we had been unconscious An honest dissatisfaction with our achievement means we have more resources inside and that until we find at least a measure of satisfaction there is still more to discover We have an instinctive feeling that there is something sublimely beautiful in life we have never yet found because we have never yet been satisfied We have an intuition that this something will satisfy our inmost yearnings that it will quench the soul s thirst satisfy the soul s hunger The orthodox churches undertook to find this satisfying something and while they have done much yet many church members feel that there is still a tremendous unfilled vacuum in their hearts unsatisfied longings and yearnings in their souls After centuries of hunting for the divine balm of Gilead the elixir which would heal the soul s hurts the great majority of churches are being less and less frequented Pastors are finding it more and more difficult to induce people to attend their church services because they are not fed they do not get that satisfaction which they instinctively feel belongs to the children of the King of Kings On every hand we find people who have been groping all their lives in vain trying to find something which would answer the inner call for a larger life something which would satisfy their longings feed their soul hunger and help them to find fulfillment of their life dreams If you are groping to find that something which will give enduring satisfaction which will satisfy your soul if you have not yet found that something which answers the persistent inward call of your being if you have not yet found that living water which quenches the soul s thirst come and drink at the fountain of the new philosophy Man has glimpsed only a little bit of the divine plan but this glimpse promises so much that he feels he must see the whole The part of ourselves we have discovered reveals only a part of the divine pattern and we shall never rest until we trace the whole The larger grander superb thing we know and instinctively feel we ought to be beats so mightily so persistently beneath the little dwarfed thing we are that we must uncover it we must develop it and we must use it No human being can be satisfied while they are haunted by that other part of the divine pattern the part which was shown to them in the mount of their highest moment The part of ourselves we have discovered is a prophecy of an infinitely larger and more magnificent whole and we must find it This is the great object of our existence We are here to find the rest of the pattern of the divine man Individually we have gotten a glimpse of the larger possible man and we must bring them out We have been shown a part which prophesies the possible whole and every now and then lest we become discouraged and give up the pursuit nature gives us a Lincoln a Gladstone a Phillips Brooks in order apparently to show us the possibilities of man and to stimulate us in our efforts to evolve the God man The new life philosophy is the Christ motive which has been working in man all up through the ages in its efforts to produce the master man not the selfish grasping greedy man but the masterful selfless impersonal man the Christ like man or woman with the God consciousness the man or woman who realizes that they are part of all mankind that they have come out from God and that they are going back to God Chapter 2 HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT You are victory organized you were born to conquer to play a magnificent part in life s great game But you can never do anything great or grand until you have such a conviction of yourself and your ability We establish relations with our desires with whatever is dominant in our minds with the things we long for with all our hearts and we tend to realize these things in proportion to the persistency and intensity of our longings and our intelligent efforts to realize them Stop thinking trouble if you want to attract its opposite stop thinking poverty if you wish to attract plenty Refuse to have anything to do with the things you fear the things you do not want A piece of magnetized steel will attract only the products of iron ore It has no affinity for wood copper rubber or any other substance that has not iron in it When you were a boy you found that your little steel magnet would pick up a needle but not a match or a toothpick It would draw to itself only that like itself Men and women are human magnets Just as a steel magnet drawn through a pile of rubbish will pull out only the things which have an affinity for it so we are constantly drawing to us establishing relations with the things and the people that respond to our thoughts and ideals Our environment our associates our general condition are the result of our mental attraction These things have come to us on the physical plane because we have concentrated upon them have related ourselves to them mentally they are our affinities and will remain with us as long as the affinity for them continues to exist in our minds Your thoughts your viewpoints your conception of what your status and position in life will be your ideal of your future will draw you exactly to that plane like a lodestone Focus your mind your predictions your expectations on poverty failure and wretchedness banish ambition hope expectation of good things and give full sway in your mentality to fear worry doubt anticipation of evil and the ego magnet will draw you unerringly to squalid surroundings to an inferior position to association with persons of a lower order of mind on a meaner social plane The great trouble with all of us who are struggling with unhappy or unfortunate conditions is that we have separated ourselves in some way from the great magnetic center of creation We are not thinking right and so we are not attracting the right things Think the things you want The profoundest philosophy is locked up in these few words Think of them clearly persistently concentrating upon them with all the force and might of your mind and struggle toward them with all your energy This is the way to make yourself a magnet for the things you want But the moment you begin to doubt to worry to fear you demagnetize yourself and the things you desire flee from you You drive them away by your mental attitude They cannot come near you while you are deliberately separating yourself from them You are going in one direction and the things you want are going in the opposite direction A desire in the heart for anything says H Emilie Cady is God s sure promise sent beforehand to indicate that it is yours already in the limitless realm of supply No matter how discouraging your present outlook how apparently unpromising your future cling to your desire and you will realize it Picture the ideal conditions visualize the success which you long to attain imagine yourself already in the position you are ambitious to reach Do not acknowledge limitations do not allow any other suggestion to lodge in your mind than the success you long for the conditions you aspire to Picture your desires as actually realized and hold fast to your vision with all the tenacity you can muster This is the way out of your difficulties this is the way to open the door ahead of you to the place higher up to better and brighter conditions When Clifton Crawford the actor started on his career in America he played in one week performances in small towns and cities One night he was told by a prominent member of the company that his work wasn t much good that he would never be successful and had better go back home to Scotland Notwithstanding this discouraging but well meant criticism and advice young Crawford remained in America continued in his profession and in a comparatively short time reached the coveted position of a Broadway star After his first success in New York he had the satisfaction of meeting the friend who had advised him to return to his own country and reminded him of the incident Clifton Crawford won out because he related himself mentally to the thing he wanted because he listened to the voice in his own soul rather than to the pessimistic predictions of outside voices Why has the heart restless yearnings For heights and steps untrod Some call it the voice of longing And others the voice of God That something within you which longs to be brought out to be expressed is the voice of God calling to you Don t disregard it Don t be afraid of your longings there is divinity in them Don t try to strangle them because you think they are much too extravagant too Utopian The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do One reason why the lives of many of us are so narrow and pinched small and common place is because we are afraid to fling out our desires our longings afraid to visualize them We become so accustomed to putting our confidence only in things that we see on the physical plane in the material that is real to the senses that it is very difficult for us to realize that the capital power the force that does things resides in the mind Instead of believing in our possession of the things we desire we believe in our limitations in our restrictions We demagnetize ourselves by wrong thinking and lack of faith We see only the obstacles in our path and forget that man working with God is greater than any obstacle that can oppose itself to his will Benjamin Disraeli knew this when he said Man is not the creature of circumstances Circumstances are the creatures of man He demonstrated its truth in his own life Alien in race and creed with other circumstances apparently dead against him at the start the resolute young Jew overcame all obstacles and reached the goal of his ideal He became Prime Minister of England and was made Earl of Beaconsfield by his sovereign Queen Victoria Lowell did not utter a mere airy poetic idea when he said The thing we long for that we are For one transcendent moment He spoke a simple truth The poet is always the prophet He goes ahead of the scientist and points the way that leads upward to the ideal Like faith the poet knows and sees far in advance of the senses He knows that the vision of our exalted moments is the model given us to make real on the material plane The men who have climbed up in the world have seen themselves climbing have pictured themselves actually in the position they longed to be in They have climbed up mentally first They have kept a vision of themselves as ever climbing to higher and higher things They have continually affirmed their ability to climb to grow up to their ideal If we ever hope to make our dreams come true we must do as they did we must actually live in the conscious realization of our ideal This is the entering wedge which will split the difficulties ahead of us which will open the doors which shut us from our own If you are discouraged by repeated failures and disappointments suffering the pangs of thwarted ambition if you are not doing the thing you long to do if life is not yielding the satisfaction the success and joy of happy service if your plans do not prosper if you are hampered by poverty and a narrow crude uncongenial environment there is something wrong not with the world or the Creator s beneficent plans for His children but with yourself You are not thinking right You are not visualizing yourself as you long to be We are every one of us both ourselves and our environment true pictures of what we have thought believed and done in the past Every moment of our lives we are experiencing the result of thought The outward things that have been acting on us shaping the conditions in which we live are chiefly the fruits of our own motives thoughts and acts What we believe what we think what we expect shapes our lives Through the control and direction of our thoughts backed up with corresponding efforts on the physical plane we can attract to us all our heart s desires How often do we hear it said of some man Everything he undertakes succeeds or Everything he touches turns to gold Why Because the man is constantly picturing to himself the success of his undertakings and he is backing up his vision by his efforts By clinging to his vision by vigorous resolution and persistent determined endeavor he is continually making himself a powerful magnet to draw his own to him Consciously or unconsciously he is using the divine intelligence or force by the use of which every human being may mold himself and his environment according to the pattern in his mind Why don t you use your divine power to make yourself what you long to be Why don t you cling to the vision of yourself which you see in your highest moment and resolve to make the vision a reality By persistent right thinking backed by the steady exercise of your will you can if you desire remake yourself and your environment Since we can for one transcendent moment be the thing we long for you and I and every human being can make that transcendent or highest moment permanent It is purely a matter of right thinking Every time we visualize the thing we long for every time we see ourselves in imagination in the position we long to fill we are forming a habit which will tend to make our highest moments permanent to bring our vision out of the ideal into the actual If people only knew the possibilities which center in the highest development of their visualizing powers it would revolutionize their lives Until comparatively recent times most of the country between Omaha and the Rocky Mountains was a vast barren desert and it looked as though it would always be absolutely worthless Many intelligent men wondered why the Creator ever made such a dreary waste as these millions of acres presented and when it was suggested in Congress that the Government assist in building a railroad across this desert from the Missouri River to the Pacific Slope even men like Webster laughed at the idea Webster said that such an undertaking would be a wicked waste of public money and he suggested the importation of camels for the purpose of carrying the United States mail across the Western desert He believed this was the only use that could be made of those waste lands But the vision seen by the men who conceived the Union Pacific Railroad was no idle dream it was a foreshadowing of the reality Before a rail had been laid these men saw great thriving cities vast populations and millions of fertile farms springing up like magic where the men without a vision of its possibilities saw nothing but alkali plains sage brush and coyotes It was the men who were not limited by appearances by what the senses told them who transformed the desert into a thing of beauty and untold wealth Human beings are like this arid desert packed with marvelous possibilities which are just waiting for that which will arouse their latent forces and make the germs of those wonderful possibilities blossom into beauty and power What we need is a firm belief in the vision of ourselves which we see in the moment of our highest inspiration As soon as we feel the touch of the awakening arousing energizing power of an unalterable faith in our own divinity in our ability to be the thing we long for our lives will blossom into beauty and grandeur The realization of our power to create ideals and to make these live in reality is destined to revolutionize the world because we build life through our ideals This power to build mentally is the pathway of achievement the way which will lead to the millennium We cannot accomplish anything do anything create anything except through an ideal a vision The vision that you glorify in your mind says James Allen the ideal that you enthrone in your heart this you will build your life by this you will become The thoughtless the ignorant and the indolent seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves talk of luck of fortune and chance Seeing a man grow rich they say How lucky he is Observing another become intellectual they exclaim How highly favored he is And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another they remark How chance aids him at every turn They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience have no knowledge of the sacrifice they have made of the undaunted efforts they have put forth of the faith they have exercised that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable and realize the vision of their heart The reason why so many people fail to realize their ideals is that they are not willing to do their part to make it real Remember that the longing the desire to do a certain thing is merely sowing the seed of your ambition If you stop at this you will get about as much harvest as the farmer would get if he put his seed in the ground without preparing the soil without fertilizing it and keeping the weeds down You must back up that which your heart longs to realize with an honest purpose to do your best a dead in earnest effort to make your vision real The mere holding of the desire to do so no matter how persistently or strongly you hold it will not help you to realize your dreams You must not only sow the seed of desire and longing but you must do all the nourishing cultivating caring for or you will only reap a thistle harvest We see men and women everywhere reaping a very thistly a very weedy harvest from the sowing of mere longings These people can scarcely get enough out of their harvest to keep them alive simply because they took no care of their seed after the planting The constant nursing cultivating the desire the ambition keeping our heart s longings and soul yearnings alive wholesome and healthy by active endeavor is the only way in which we can match our dreams with their realities Watch an immigrant boy who lands in America practically with nothing but the clothes he wears without knowing our language or customs and with no friends no pull to advance him and see how quickly he outdistances many American youths who were born and brought up in the very lap of opportunities Why Because this boy constantly thinks and dreams of making his way in the world He sees himself a successful man and is forever planning and pushing toward his object He begins perhaps by selling newspapers in the streets Then his ambition grows and he dreams of some day having a newsstand He attends night school in order to get an education He toils and economizes flings his enthusiasm and his whole being into his work is constantly enlarging his mind and also making himself a magnet to attract the thing he longs for He is obeying the law of attraction of opulence and in a little while we see him with a news stand of his own But he does not stop here He keeps dreaming planning working for something a little larger and soon he adds books and stationery to his stock in trade Before long we find him with a large stand in a railway station or in some public place always saving and dreaming planning thinking success In a few years more he owns a handsome shop and becomes a real factor in the business world His whole mental life is poured into that one channel and of course he is perpetually increasing his magnetic power to attract to himself money and all the other things he desires The ambition to become rich is not a lofty one but the success of this typical immigrant boy illustrates the law of success in every field For the law is neither moral nor unmoral the nature of the object concentrated on does not affect its action It may be the noble vision of a Jeanne d Arc of a Savonarola or of a Lincoln or it may be a wholly selfish or an unworthy object the attractive constructive forces will build just the same toward the realization of the vision If a man s ambition is to own saloons and sell liquor or to be the proprietor of a gambling resort and he keeps working away on the material as well as the mental plan he will succeed just as a man who works in a similar way to become a teacher or a missionary succeeds The same concentration the same absorption the same dreaming and thinking and pushing along any other line law medicine engineering science farming whatever it may be will produce like results The idea is that the everlasting dreaming and pushing the alertness to take advantage of opportunity the constant visualizing of the thing one yearns for most inevitably bring the desired results These are the constructive processes based on the mental vision which bring us the things we desire What we think most about is constantly weaving itself into the fabric of our career becoming a part of ourselves increasing the power of our mental magnet to attract those things we most ardently desire When the architect looks at the plan of his building he does not see the plan merely That only suggests the building It is the invisible building the creation of his mind he sees What he takes in from the plan with his eyes is not the reality at all He sees in all its details the building of his mental vision If he did not see it in this way it would never become a reality If he could see only the mechanical plans he would not be an architect at all The framework of your life structure is invisible It is on the mental plane You are laying the foundation for your future fixing its limits by the expectations you are visualizing You cannot do anything bigger than you plan to do The mental plans always come first Your future building will merely be carrying out in detail what you are visualizing today The future is simply an extension of the present You are right now by your thought habit by your prevailing mental attitude making your place in life You are locating yourself settling what you are to be In other words you are right now making your future deciding what your position in the world shall be And it will be broad ever growing ever expanding or it will become narrower more pinched and rutty according to your mental plan according to the vision you see The only world you will ever know anything about the only world that is true for you at this moment is the one you create mentally the world you are conscious of The environment you fashion out of your thoughts your beliefs your ideals your philosophy is the only one you will ever live in Whatever you long for you are headed toward and whatever thought dominates you or motive is uppermost in your mind is attracting its affinities How quickly for example a youth who goes from his country home to the city to seek his fortune gravitates toward the things which are uppermost in his mind He may not know a soul in the city he enters but in a very short time we find him with his own people those whose tastes whose desires and propensities are like his own He has attracted his affinities One boy s mind is fixed on pleasure and he gravitates to the saloon to the dance hall to the vicious dives to the gambling table Another boy s great desire is self improvement and he gravitates to the Y M C A to some church We find him in the night schools in the libraries or attending lectures trying to improve his education to make as broad visioned as cultured and successful a man as it is possible to make of himself The same thing is true of girls They gravitate toward their desires their ideals toward the things on which they have set their hearts Led by their weaknesses or their strength they are pulled in the direction on which their thoughts are fixed whether good or bad If ten thousand strangers from other cities were landed in New York today and left to their own devices they would very quickly be attracted to their affinities The gambler would find other gamblers the musician would gravitate to other musicians the artist would be drawn to art circles the pure minded those of high ideals would soon find others on the same plane while the impure minded those with vulgar low flying ideals would as quickly find companions like themselves A mental magnet cannot attract opposite qualities It can only attract things like itself and it is our privilege to give the magnet its quality We can inject hate into it jealousy envy revenge we can in a very short time demagnetize the magnet which was pulling good things so that it will attract bad things It is for us to decide the quality of the magnetic current that shall flow out from us but the mind is always a magnet sending out and attracting something and this something which flows back to us always corresponds to the mental outflow If we charge it with love sincerity genuineness helpfulness great spiritual hunger for the good the beautiful and the true a longing for a larger and a fuller life we shall make the mind a powerful magnet to attract the affinities of these qualities But in an inconceivably short time we can so completely change our mental magnet with thoughts of hatred spite and bitterness that it will drive away all the good and attract the opposite strengthening the hatred and bitterness in our souls In short whatever is in the mind at the moment is the thing you are inviting to come and live with you Your suspicion attracts suspicion Jealousy brings more jealousy hate more hate just as love brings love to meet it as friendliness brings more friendliness as sympathy and good will toward all draw the same to you from others and increase your popularity and magnetic power We build as we think Our lives follow our thoughts As we think so we are Your personality and your world are limited by the extension of your own thought You cannot project yourself beyond these self limitations Many people limit themselves to such an extent by their gloomy doubts and fears that they utterly dwarf their divine powers and possibilities They do not believe that their own is coming to them They are always complaining visualizing their poverty stricken conditions their lack of friends their lack of sympathy their lack of love of opportunity of social life of everything desirable They do not realize that they are their own jailers that they are holding themselves in the very conditions they despise They have not learned how to make themselves magnets for the things they desire They do not know that our own is seeking us and will come to us whether it is property friends love happiness or any other legitimate desire unless we drive it away by our antagonistic thought If you did not believe you had the power to walk you couldn t walk because you wouldn t try to If you don t believe in your power to get what you want you won t get it Until you encourage your longings and believe in your power to realize them they will never be satisfied You cannot rise out of your present condition until you believe you can The limit of your thought will be the limit of your possibilities Your limited ideal of yourself will limit your execution You will never get any higher than your vision and your faith in that vision No one gets very far in this world or expresses great power until he catches a glimpse of his higher self until he feels that the divinity which is stirring within him and which impels him on the way of his ambition in the line of his aspiration is an indication a prophecy of his ability to reach the ideal which haunts him The Creator has not put desires in our hearts without giving us the ability and the opportunity for realizing them There are a thousand proofs in the very formation of our body and brain that we were planned and adapted in every detail of our marvelous structure to achieve grand glorious things that we were created and fitted for success and happiness No matter how unfortunate your environment or how unpromising your present condition if you cling to your vision and keep struggling toward its realization you are mentally building enlarging your ideal increasing the power of your mental magnet to attract your own Never mind opposition never mind criticism never mind if others call you a fool or a crank they called the Christ the same be true to the mysterious message within the divine voice which bids you up and on No matter what other things you have to give up no matter what sacrifices you have to make let everything else go if necessary but cling to the ideal which haunts your dreams for it points to the star of your destiny and if you follow it you will come out of the darkness into beauty and brightness Your highest ideal the vision of your life work which you long to make real is your best friend Keep as close to it as you can stick

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