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An Unexpected $36,000 — Already!
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By Rebecca Fine

Just a few short weeks ago, Mike began to put his big plans for the year into action. Like so many of us, he and his wife had decided that now that their daughter was grown, they wanted to work less and enjoy life more — to travel, spend time with friends and family, and just generally enjoy their home on the lovely east coast of New Zealand.

Now you only have to look around to see that WANTING that kind of freedom is where many people begin and END the process! (And — ouch — sometimes we only have to look in the mirror for a good example, right?)

But for Mike, this was just the beginning. He'd recently read a small forgotten classic from 1910 entitled, The Science of Getting Rich, and something in it just "clicked" for him. Sure, he'd also read plenty of "self-help" books before. But, as he put it, "without taking them onboard."

This time, though, something was different. This time Mike decided to go for it, to apply the principles he was learning from that little book as he set about changing his life.

Back in 1987 Mike had started an electrical company and it did very well. And he and his wife also own and operate another full-time business, too. To start this year, Mike closed down his business to concentrate on a new interest, property investing, while his wife retired from running the other business, opting to handle just a bit of the administrative work on a part-time basis.

As you might expect, they originally figured this would mean some belt-tightening while Mike got his new venture going — a perhaps substantial temporary loss of income. But rather than focus on that, Mike decided to follow the instructions in The Science of Getting Rich and focus on his clear mental image of the life he wanted and to begin to take action in that direction. He also opted to participate in a course called "The Science of Getting Rich for Practical Geniuses™."

Here's what Mike reported just a little halfway through the course:

$36,000 in unexpected income has arrived!

You see, over the years Mike has developed several products and not long ago he came up with one that seemed very promising — a quality management logging system for welding pipes, including the electronic device that runs the system.

But this side of the business somehow didn't work out quite as he'd expected, so when his main client went out of business, Mike just put the product on the shelf in the garage and forgot about it. And there it sat, abandoned, for more than a year and a half.

Then, suddenly, a company which had bought several of his devices in the past showed up wanting that almost-forgotten product! Seems they'd been trying to develop a similar one on their own but had become bogged down in major difficulties. They offered Mike a good price for his brain-child and he was all set to agree.

But there was a hitch.

Two deal-killer clauses glared out of the contract — and the would-be buyer's lawyer wasn't budging.

"Never allow yourself to be disappointed," says Wallace Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich. So here's what Mike did.

"I tried to think of and see the deal with a positive outcome rather than see the problems in our way. I also knew the contract wouldn't work for me with those two clauses in it, so I let go of any attachment to the outcome and rang the person I'd been dealing with directly, instead of talking to the lawyer. I told him what I wanted, and I really was happy for the deal not to go ahead otherwise."


"We got our money last week. The amount will cover our basic living expenses while I start our new venture and it'll also take care of the cut in my wife's income."

And Mike did MORE. Understanding Mr. Wattles' admonition that "you must give every man more in use value than he gives you in cash value," Mike made the point of adding extra to what the buyer got.

"I spent days creating instruction manuals and also came across extra product when I did my final clean-out which I happily passed on to them at no extra cost. It ended up a good deal for all."

Good for you, Mike! And thanks for the excellent example of what Mr. Wattles writes about:

"It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process. All you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to your purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.

"But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what is yours when it comes to you and so that you can meet the things you have in your picture and put them in their proper places as they arrive.

"You can really see the truth of this. When things reach you, they will be in the hands of others, who will ask an equivalent for them. And you can only get what is yours by giving the other person what is rightfully his ...

"Under the impelling power of the supreme spirit, people’s affairs will be so ordered that someone will be led to mine the gold for you. Other people’s business transactions will be so directed that the gold will be brought toward you. And you must so arrange your own business affairs that you may be able to receive it when it comes to you.

"Your thought makes all things, animate and inanimate, work to bring you what you want, but your personal activity must be such that you can rightly receive what you want when it reaches you."

Do you see, my friend, how all this is EXACTLY what Mike is and has been doing?

He is ...

  • Retaining his vision,

  • Sticking to his purpose,

  • Maintaining his faith and gratitude,

  • Acting in "the certain way" so that he is "able to receive."

Now lest you think that Mike has some kind of superhuman powers of concentration and focus, listen up to what he says here:

"I use the science of getting rich when I remember. Some days I work on it and others I get busy and forget. So I think results can come even when you start and only have 'average daily attendance.' I have, though, always been grateful ... It is great to have a system that gratitude is a part of."

None of us is yet perfect in thought and action, of course, and as Mr. Wattles tells us, it takes work and commitment to direct our attention and thinking. In short, like everything else worth doing, it takes practice to get good at it.

Most of us are just beginning to use these long-neglected "muscles" and what matters now is that we just start and continue to NOTICE our thinking when it goes off-track and to — without blame, shame, or guilt — direct our remarkable power of thought in the way we CHOOSE, rather than just flipping into an automatic, conditioned response — which is, when you get right down to it, the exact OPPOSITE of thinking in the certain way (or thinking at all!).

And I promise you that it does get easier and completely natural with time and practice!  ;-)

So how might YOU follow Mike's lead with whatever it is you want to create, experience, or attract to yourself? Take the time to understand these principles and apply them to your own life. "Study this book. Make it your constant companion," as Mr. Wattles advises. Study it on your own. Study it with like-minded friends. And "take it onboard," as Mike is doing.

You, too, will feel the excitement as what you want begins to show up in gloriously expected and UNexpected ways!

Oh, yes — one more thing. You may have noted that Mike's forgotten product netted him $35,000 and the title of this story says "$36,000." Here's the rest (so far!):

  • "We have five mature avocado trees on our property that for the first time we got a commercial picker to pick." Mike had thought the fruit would be worth about $200 after picking costs. "A cheque arrived yesterday for $850."

  • "Also our Inland Revenue Department [the tax agency similar to the Internal Revenue Service here in the US] sent me a $200 refund last week for an error they made last year."

A few months ago, right before the course started, Mike said. "With The Science of Getting Rich, this year is going to be great." Now he grins and says, "Quite a couple of weeks, I think you would agree. I wonder what next week will hold!"

What indeed. You go, guy!

Rebecca Fine is the founder of The Science of Getting Rich Network where you can download your free copy of the amazing 1910 forgotten classic, The Science of Getting Rich.    ©2001 Certain Way Productions.

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