You may recall that at the end of the last Mindset Mastery post Napoleon Hill was talking about the fact that the opportunity in capitalist systems exists for everyone, meaning that any willing body is certainly capable and can Think and Grow Rich. However, that is an opportunity that requires a certain level of understanding as well.
Denied No Right
The “System” denies no one this right, but it does not, and cannot promise something for nothing because the system, itself, is irrevocably controlled by the Law of Economics which neither recognizes nor tolerates for long, getting without giving.
The Law of Economics was passed by Nature! There is no Supreme Court to which violators of this law may appeal. The law hands out both penalties for its violation, and appropriate rewards for its observance, without interference or the possibility of interference by any human being. The law cannot be repealed. It is as fixed as the stars in the heavens, and subject to, and a part of, the same system that controls the stars.
Can one refuse to adapt one’s self to the Law of Economics?
Certainly! All people have the privilege of ignoring the Law of Economics.
Actions And Consequences
What happens then?
Well, nothing happens until large numbers of people join forces for the avowed purpose of ignoring the law, and taking what they want by force.
Then enter the Dictator, with well organized firing squads and machine guns!
We have not yet reached that stage in America! But we have heard all we want to know about how the system works. Perhaps we will continue to be fortunate enough not to demand personal knowledge of so gruesome a reality. Doubtless we shall prefer to continue with our freedom of speech, freedom of deed, and freedom to render useful service in return for riches.
The practice of Government officials extending to men and women the privilege of raiding the public treasury in return for votes sometimes results in election, but as night follows day, the final payoff comes; when every penny wrongfully used must be repaid with compound interest on compound interest. If those who make the grab are not forced to repay, the burden falls on their children, and their children’s children, “even unto the third and fourth generations.” There is no way to avoid the debt.
The Law Steps In
Men can, and sometimes do, form themselves into groups for the purpose of crowding wages up, and working hours down. There is a point beyond which they cannot go. It is the point at which the Law of Economics steps in, and the sheriff gets both the employer and the employees.
To offer translation yet again, these instances can be seen as a call, a reaching out to responsible citizens and wealth creators to take care now to build wealth of our own, without taking handouts and perceived entitlements, so that we do not leave our children in more financial straights than what we are in ourselves. All the opportunity anyone needs to create wealth is before them now. Any man or woman can utilize the principles in this book to build more than enough wealth for a lifetime of enjoyment, and a secure future for the generations yet to come.
A Call to Action
The point Napoleon Hill is making here is an important one, probably more so today than in his day. People have come increasingly to believe that they are entitled to wealth. In reality we need to work and put forth the effort to build that wealth. Understanding this alone will take you far toward success. The only people entitled to wealth are those willing to seize their own opportunities!
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