How To Attract Wealth (1)

If you really want to attract wealth, you have only to believe upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done. But however easy it may be found to make money, I have no doubt many of you will agree it is the most difficult thing in the world to keep it.

The road to wealth is as plain as the road to the mill. It consists simply in expending less than we earn; that seems to be a very simple problem.

To have annual income of twenty dollar per year, and spend twenty dollar and six cence, is to be the most miserable of men; whereas, to have an income of only twenty dollar, and spend but nineteen dollar and six cence is to be the happiest of mortals.

Many of you may say, "we understand this: this is economy, and we know economy is wealth; we know we can't eat our cake and keep it also." Yet I beg to say that perhaps more cases of failure arise from mistakes on this point than almost any other. The fact is, many people think they understand economy when they really do not.

True economy is always overlook, and people go through life without properly understanding what that principle is. One says, "I have an income of so much, and here is my neighbor who has the same; yet every year he gets something ahead and I fall short; why is it? I know all about economy." He thinks he does, but he does not. There are men who think that economy consists in saving cheese-parings and candle-ends, in cutting off two cence from the laundress' bill and doing all sorts of little, mean, dirty things.


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