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The Science of Being Great

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Joining the ranks of Tarcher's runaway editions of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Public Speaking for Success by Dale Carnegie, and The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, here are three landmark guides to a life of prosperity-now restored to print in beautiful, signature volumes.

- Newly discovered by fans of The Secret, the metaphysical writer Wallace
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Tarcher (first published 1931)
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Toward the beginning it's very... philo, so you really have to focusfocus when you read, but then it gets more easily digestible and freaking AMAZINGLY inspiring. This book is going to be my constant companion. If everyone read this book, and practiced this book, there would be world peace. I'm just saying.
As I traveled thru the beautiful Oregon country this week I enjoyed this audio CD from the library.

I was able to take many things from this book and hope to apply them in my own life.

The two most important:

1. The world is a perfect place.

2. ALL people are good with different struggles.

Great book!
highly recommended for any Wallace D Wattles fans - I love all his work, and this was NO exception!

To Our Continued Success
Waseem Mirza
Brandi Bates
AMAZING...PROFOUND & LIFE ALTERING! I read this book at least twice a year.
Kara Lane
This book was written almost 100 years ago, but it still inspires today. Wattles notes that, "When awakened, man becomes a son of the Highest and all power is given to him in heaven and on earth." He notes you can become what you want to be by virtue of your thoughts.

He also explains that wisdom is the essential basis of greatness and that man can receive wisdom from God. He includes an entire chapter on a mental exercise that helps you to connect with God and thus realize your highest potential
A book that truly inspires you to believe in the powers of the universe. A book that talks about a simple law that governs the universe, like the laws of motion, or of gravity. Every thought, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe, and if you believe in your thought, and constantly LIVE the thought, with no room for disbelief or doubt, the universe will contrive to make your thoughts manifest in the real world. Truly awesome read. And, one that I truly believe in, becau ...more
Although the words in “The Science Of Being Great” were penned over 100 years ago there are many truths that still apply to this day. Wallace D. Wattles shares his views about the importance of following your own truth and he emphasizes that our thoughts play a significant role in determining our level of greatness.

By thinking for ourselves and by visualizing what we wish to see in reality we become the master of our thoughts, which in turn become our reality. Wattles asserts that greatness is n
Oct 16, 2013 Rafat added it
I read this book ( I felt so engulfed)and just randomly the next day I yet again watched the movie - the ghost and the darkness ( The book and the movie don't have any relation , but I am about to create one) Since the day I have read the book I am trying to understand it better in everything I am doing, watching, seeing , etc. So , while I was watching this movie (the character of Colonel Patterson in the movie has always impressed me deeply, though) , this time I realised that the character Co ...more
Camille Mccarthy
Even though I agreed with most of what Wattles was saying, I really feel like the version I read could have done with a preface and some context, because he kind of just launches into things without really explaining a whole lot. The book is very short and concise, which is great, and it has a lot of really good ideas on how to change your perspective on life and think positively, and it definitely got a lot better further in, but the very first chapters felt like he was just yelling at the read ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't really know what to expect based on the title. What I found was some practical advice on how to be the best and greatest person that you can be. In summary, this is done by realizing that all is perfect and in God's plan. There are many references to God, which pleased me because if one is to be great, it is only through the power of God that it will be achieved. I strongly recommend this book and it's FREE on Librivox, both in print and in audio.
Dennis P.
Apr 05, 2013 Dennis P. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Leaders
A classic.
Reminds me of the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

One of my best takeaways from this is that we are gods walking among other gods, and they deserve our utmost respect in ways acted out without our losing our own dignity. That there is nothing wrong with the world. The world is perfect the way it is even with its perceived imperfections, and that is because it is still and always evolving and moving forward.
Seen with this perspective, we can move on from a place of contribu
A bit dated, but still excellent in terms of the philosophy of life transcendence and personal success.
thought pattern changing book. Very helpful.
"Speak from your character, not from your tongue."
Ilya Mrz
Audio version of book read so funny girl))))))
Gerry Hoffman
yeah. nice. you should read it.
Sounds like Candide, the Bible, and several other no nonsense self-help books. Some ideas were good, like don't down talk yourself and the world, and some ideas were odd, like you can think yourself to perfect health. Maybe I should try it before questioning the basis of his claim.
Mauro Serrano
Great book simple ideas with great facts to prove them
Mencoba menyuguhkan kepada semua orang bahwa untuk menjadi seorang yang agung dibutuhkan pikiran positif dalam tiap masalah dan memandang orang lain...
Very dated as it was written in 1910. Heavily influenced by religion. Again a motivational perspective.
It is a really useful book...needed in every house actually
though I disagree with some points..
Eliza T
Very hard to rate, some chapters I LOVED, but some I really disliked...Overall a good read:)
Uzoučká knížečka plná hlubokých myšlenech. Stala se už trvalou součástí mé kabelky. :-)
Promod Sharma
A tad preachy. Many religious references (not a criticism). Some good points.
Loved it! I'm definitely going to read it again!
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Wallace Delois Wattles was an American author. A New Thought writer, he remains personally somewhat obscure, but his writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements. Wattles' best known work is a 1910 book called The Science of Getting Rich in which he explained how to become wealthy.

He studied the writings of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Ralph W
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