On The Path Of Winners
BY BAYO OGUNMUPE
Principles Of Getting Rich
IN enunciating the principles of getting rich, we have to tackle first things first. We have to set the tone, create the mindset of richmen. Here, by riches, we are speaking in real terms, for to be rich does not mean to be satisfied or contented. No man ought to be satisfied with little if he is capable of enjoying more. God’s purpose is the advancement of life, and every man should have all that can contribute to his greatness, power, elegance, beauty and riches. And for a person to be content with less is sinful.
Everyone should become all that he is capable of becoming, so there is nothing wrong in wanting to be rich. It is only that there are certain laws, which govern the process of acquiring riches. Once you learn these laws and are obeyed, you will get rich with mathematical precision. Riches come as a result of doing things in a certain way. Those who do things in this Certain Way, get rich while those who do not do things in this Certain Way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor. It is like the natural laws of like attracts like, like causes always produce like effects. Therefore anyone who learns to do things in this Certain Way will infallibly get rich.
Furthermore, ability or talent has nothing to do with it, because many people with talent remain poor, while many intellectual mediocres get rich. Getting rich isn’t the result of saving or thrift which is why many free spenders get rich. Nor getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do; for two men in the same profession often do exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains bankrupt. From these, you can surmise that getting rich is the result of doing in a Certain Way.
Thought is the only power which can create tangible riches from the formless. The stuff from which all things are made is a substance, which thinks and the thought of this substance produces form. So everything you can see today first existed as a thought-form. Every thought form held in thinking helps create the substance of your desire. This happens at least generally, along lines of growth and action already established by the aspirant.
The thought of a house of a certain size, if it were impressed on the subconscious, might not cause the instant formation of the house. But it would cause the turning of creative energies already working in trade and commerce into such channels as to result in the speedy building of the house. By impressing your thought form on the subconscious, you create the object of your desire. Every created substance first existed as a thought form. That makes thought a force in nature.
Thus, through thought forms you can create anything you want in life. Because, thought is a substance from which all things are made; and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates and fills all of the universe. A thought as this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, he can cause the thing he wants to be created.
I have said that men get rich by doing things in a certain way, and in order to do so, men must become able to think in a certain way. That means a man’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks. To think in the way to create what you want, you have to think Truth regardless of appearances. However, everyone has the innate ability to think right, but it requires far more effort to do so rather than to think the thoughts that are suggested by appearances. To think by appearance is easy. To think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, for it requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform. There is no labour from, which most people shrink as that of sustained and consecutive thought. This is very hard to do, particularly when truth is contrary to appearances. Appearances becloud and dominate the mind, producing a corresponding form in the mind, which observes it. This can only be prevented by holding the thought of the Truth.
To think health when surrounded by disease, or to think riches in the midst of poverty requires power. He who acquires this power becomes a master mind, he can conquer fate, he can have anything he wants. Thus, grasp the fact that behind all appearances is one thinking substance from which and by which all things are made. Thus, every thought held in this substance becomes a form and a man can impress his thoughts upon it, causing it to become visible things. Through this thought power, you can create what you want, you can get what you want to have and you can become whatever you want to be. Thus, to get rich, you must believe these three statements we have dealt with so far. One, there is a stuff in the form of thought which permeates the entire universe. Two, this thought is a substance, which produces things as imaged by the thought. Thirdly, man can form things in his thought, by impressing upon this substance, this substance can cause things he thinks about to be created. This means, you can create things through the power-of your thought. Finally, your success depends on the wish of God to fulfill His purpose through you. That is to say, the way of your assignment isn’t wealth. Your assignment might be to be a great inventor rather than a millionaire.
Like our champion for today: Ronald Coase, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1991, he chose to be a thinker rather than a billionaire. The job of clever people is to ask difficult questions. The job of very clever people is to ask simple ones. Eighty years ago Coase wondered: why do companies exist? The answer he gave remains as fascinating today as it was then.
Ronald Coase lived a long and productive life. In awarding him the Nobel prize for economics in 1991 the Swedish Academy singled out two papers for praise, one published in 1937 based on a lecture he gave in 1932 when he was only 22 years old and one published in 1961. He published his last book: “How China Became Capitalist,” last year at the age of 101.
Not bad for a London boy whose parents both left school at 12 and who was consigned to a special school because he wore leg braces. It was only the timely intervention of a phrenologist who detected “considerable mental vigour” in the bumps on his head that redirected him to grammar school and thence to the London School of Economics (LSE). It was Coase’s work on the firm that marked him out for greatness. Economists had been content to treat firms as black boxes. But Dr. Coase wondered what the black boxes were doing there. He used a scholarship he won to visit leading firms in the United States. He summed up his thinking in his 1937 essay: “The Nature of the Firm,” which attracted no attention but continues to be cited to this day.
Coase was born in December 1910 in Willesden, England. He received the BA in Commerce from LSE in 1932 and a doctorate in Economics from the same school in 1951. After lectureships in various universities, he ended up at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. Coase’s work enabled legal scholars to pay attention to an efficient marketplace and to negotiation rather than litigation. Coase died recently at the age of 102.