Just as there are naturally successful people, so also are there habitual failures. My friend and student, John, was a born failure. He was young, intelligent, diligent, and painstaking in his pursuit of financial success, but he failed at whatever job he held. Harassed and penniless, he sought my advice.

I questioned John as to the cause of his troubles. He replied: “Sir, I am a great failure. For some mysterious reason, not only do I lose my job, but my employer usually loses his business after hiring me. I hate to seek a job for fear of destroying the business of my new employer.”

Through my influence John got a job in a small business concern. I advised him to affirm daily, before going to bed and upon waking: “Day by day, in every way, I am succeeding more and more in my job.”

A month passed and John warned me: “Honored Sir, the business concern you got me into is going downhill. Perhaps my resignation will save the business from destruction.”

I told him to keep up his affirmation of success. After a fortnight John came to me and exclaimed: “It happened. The business collapsed!”

I said to John: “Every night and morning, when you have been mentally parroting the affirmation, ‘Day by day I am getting better and better,’ in the back of your mind a little octopus of negativity has been saying: ‘You little simpleton, you know that day by day, in every way you are getting worse and worse.’”

John admitted this was true. I advised him to cast out all negative thoughts as soon as they visited his mind.

I managed to get John into a bigger business concern and after six months (the longest period he ever held a job) he said: “Sir, get me out quick. Business is getting pretty bad.”

I ignored John’s misgivings and told him to keep on with his job. After a few weeks, he announced: “Sir, the second business you got me into has evaporated.” Calmly I said: “John, never mind, I will get you another job.”

It was at this point that I explained certain timeless truths to John. I told him that through affirmation, he could release a subconscious mental barrier to success, but that only by contacting the all-powerful superconscious mind in meditation would he be able to create a new cause for success.

By continuous effort, I at last secured for John a very good job in a big concern. A year passed and nothing happened. Then, I asked John to invest his money in a business of his own, assuring him that he would succeed.

In a few years, John owned a few chain stores and possessed a large capital. Now, thoroughly convinced of his success, he found himself succeeding in everything.

One day he laughingly said: “You and God and have changed me from a great failure to a great success. I now understand why I failed, but I don’t understand why I caused other peoples’ business to fail.

I replied: “You did not cause the collapse of those businesses. The law of attraction, which governs people of like vibrations, was operating. Your being a failure attracted a business about to fail, and vice versa. So by the law of inner affinity, you and the businesses went down the hill of failure side by side.”

From Praecepta Lessons 1935

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