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The Science of Getting Rich

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As featured in the bestselling book The Secret, here is the landmark guide to wealth creation republished with the classic essay “How to Get What You Want.”Wallace D. Wattles spent a lifetime considering the laws of success as he found them in the work of the world’s great philosophers. He then turned his life effort into this simple, slender book – a volume that he vowed ...more
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Published May 3rd 2007 by Penguin Audio (first published 1910)
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I downloaded this book for free online in February of 2007 and bought the paperback Barnes & Noble reprint in September of 2007.

This book has changed my life. It has inspired ideas and plans in me that I never thought existed. It changed the way I saw the world, and actually worked to draw me nearer to my dreams as a result of the way the world works. I recommend everyone who is inspired to do more in their lives to read this, as it is a life changing book.
We need to overcome our fears of self-doubt reflected in the degree of fear and misunderstanding of wealth. Money is not the problem, for there are many with it who do great things for others. The problem comes in loving it above all else. But what the misinformed don't understand (yes, you who see the rich as evil for obtaining their riches) is that we all desire great riches.

Who doesn't? Who doesn't want absolute freedom to do as one sees fit? and in doing so maximize our potential, skills, d
This is an interesting book for Christians. I would not recommend this book for young Christians in the faith, but for those who already have solid biblical principles because the book could be misconstrued if read in search for quick miraculous wealth. The text is to be read in its entirety, just like the truth, it is to be taken in its entirety (otherwise it becomes a lie of omission). The author is trying to make a point that (aside for the few incorrect doctrinal points) in order to enjoy th ...more
There were some good principles discussed in this book, the most important of which is that each of us has a moral obligation to strive to fulfill our own potential. However, I don't agree with the primary premise of the book, that getting rich is synonymous with fulfilling our potential. Unfortunately, for ever good principle or truth discussed in the book, it seemed like there were ten times as many falsehoods and fallacies. And in the end, the book didn't live up to its title. It provided no ...more
Tony Bradshaw
I really liked the book, yet it seemed unscientific just in the sense of being more ethereal than real. My take away comes from one quote: The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

The book outlines 10 truths to the science of getting rich. It's a combination of Daoism, Hinduism, Christianity (intended audience), the secret, the Jack Rabbit Principle and the Abundant Life series all wrapped up in another way of thinking yourself to greatness. I enjoy this
Barry J.
I have only been shown this book today and am already half way through it. It has astounded me. This book has eloquently summed up many of the ideas that I have been coming closer towards for years.

The first two main points I'd like to note are that 1) acquiring wealth is not bad or sinful, on the contrary, it enables one to fulfill their potential in all areas of life and adds to the greater good for everyone; and 2) acquiring wealth does not mean stealing wealth from others -- there is not a
Julie Baylor
Although there were many very good insights and some great advise, this book fails due to 2 major issues. First, it takes a "brainwashing" approach, advising readers NOT to read or explore anything that may possibly contradict the book's message. If this is "science" as it claims to be, then it should hold up against anything. Truth is truth. I disagree with anything that advises not to test and explore. And secondly, the idea that the rich can help the poor by being an inspiration to them for w ...more
This book didn't actually say anything. Instead it just talked in broad generalities and asked that readers adopt and believe a very strange creed:

"There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imagined by the thought.

A person can form things in this thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing
Vijaykumar Dumbali

Sometimes when you happen to read in just 100 pages all about the subject as important as Getting Rich, you feel like is that all? The simple answer is Yes. The complicated answer is, yes but you need to know that this book does not list cheap little tricks to get rich. This book does not teach you how to corner others wealth by trading well in stock or speculating in commodities. It tells you precisely how to CREAT wealth.

Abundance, there is enough to go around for everyone, is the basis of thi
Seth Jenson
I LOVED this book! Required reading for every man, woman and child. As soon as Max is old enough I'm going to read it to him. Who needs Mother Goose when you've got Wallace Wattles.

This book is just full from beginning to end of powerful teachings and divine wisdom. It unabashedly touts the benefits power of optimism, belief, faith, hard work, enthusiasm, gratitude, personal magnetism, leadership, progress and personal increase. Full of wisdom and truth. Profound yet simple. Profoundly simple.
We need to overcome our fears of self-doubt reflected in the degree of fear and misunderstanding of wealth. Money is not the problem, for there are many with it who do great things for others. The problem comes in loving it above all else. But what the misinformed don't understand (yes, you who see the rich as evil for obtaining their riches) is that we all desire great riches.

Who doesn't? Who doesn't want absolute freedom to do as one sees fit? and in doing so maximize our potential, skills, d
Lenore Skomal
The message is good, but essentially, the predecessor to The Secret. What I enjoyed about this book--and remember it's the updated version--is that it boils down intentions into a much more workable formula. At least in my opinion. This book also includes the original text at the back, which was written by Wattles in 1910! So it's really fascinating to see how some of his predictions have come to pass. His theory is that everyone is meant to be materially rich. And since the universe essentially ...more
In my mind, this is a must read for everyone! I had read Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" first and heard her mention Wallace Wattles as one of her mentors, so I decided to give it a whirl. Well, it became obvious that Rhonda basically rewrote this book, softened the Christian slant, and called it "The Secret". I loved this book! I'm trying to put his methods into action so if I'm rich soon you'll know whether you want to read this book or not! I should add that it's a very short read. You can comple ...more
Trevor Acy
This was a book of extremes for me. There were parts I greatly enjoyed and agreed with and there were parts that I not only disliked but almost turned me off of the material completely. However, the pros outweigh the cons especially when considered from the basis of the principles instead of specifics.

I am a big believer in some of the main points that Wattles makes including the power of positive thinking, emulating what wealthy people do, gratitude is an essential component of wealth building
Chris Ross
This is a very good book. I listened to the audio book and I plan to listen to it multiple times. I will be reading the two hard copy books I have too. This book was written years before Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich and is along the same vein. Wattles lists a definite three step process for getting rich and one must be rich in all three areas to be truly rich. One must remain creative rather than competitive to get rich and give more in value than one gits with each transaction to truly b ...more
Chona Lei
A must read. It changes the way you look at things in life. It makes you realize what you as an individual can do and is able to do. It wakes you up to see the stronger inner you and will help you become more determined and stronger. I borrowed this book from the library and two days later, I bought it from the store. I read this book over and over again... so it can refresh my mind whenever I feel like quitting in things I wanted to do in life. Great book. Highly recommend it!!!
لا حول و لاا قوة الا ب الله العلى العظيم ......

اقدم كتب تنمية الثروة اللى قريتها كان كتاب ل نابليون هيل ...فكر تصبح غنيا
كان اصدار 1938
و مع ذلك طلعت منه ب شوية نصايح مفيدة
الكتاب الذى نحن بصدده الان 1910
الظاهر كان عندهم جنيهات خشب....لو دورت فى الكتاب جيدا لن تجد كلمة "دولار" و لاا كلمة " اموال" و لاا كلمة "راس مال" و لاا كلمة "مليونير"
انما ستجد الكلمة الملعونة "الطريقة المعينة" و التى يعدك انها ستجعلك بلا بلا بلا بلا بلا بلا ..... و لابد ان تبتعد عن بلا بلا بلا بلا حتى تعمل ال"الطريقة المعينة" .
Bryan Borgers
I wish I could write some fallacious bullshit and get it published. Wallace Wattles needs to look up the word science for a start. This is as full of magic as "The Secret." So, if you like to pretend the world is full of fairies, this is the nonsense for you.
This is a book in the tradition of "As a man thinketh", a book with a simple idea that can change your life. It is a book that requires reading more than once because it is deceivingly simple yet you need to think it over to really get a grasp of what it is about.
The Science of Getting Rich tells you the basic things of what to do in order to get rich. There is actually a science to it, and it teaches you everything you need in order to manifest what you desire in life. I received the book as a free download, and the most important download because I actually read it and listened to it.

Although all the methods in it are in plain sight and taught in the LDS Church's four standard works, not one person I know of in my ward have learned and applied them cor
Asmaa Fahmy
it's one of "life changing" books honestly &Here my fav quote
-"there is abundance opportunities for man who will go with tide, instead of trying to swim against it"

-The formless stuff is intelligent; it is stuff which thinks. It is alive and is always impelled toward more life"

-No thought of form can be impressed upon Original Substance without causing the creation of the form"

-Think Truth regardless of appearances"

- you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed y
Brandon Clay
This book had made the "rounds" back in the 80's and I was exposed to it then for the first time. I had gotten a free copy in PDF and put it on my computer. Since this was before e-readers, I lost track of it for over 10 years...having never read it.

I then faced a series of financial challenges and began to devour my old stand-by success material and happened up on the old PDF version...serendipity.

I read the book in less than 2 hours...and read it again...and again!

At the point where I was in m
Aditya Patil
Every chapter of the book quite contradicts the title. The term 'Science' in the title is misleading.

The book begins with the author asking readers to accept everything that is given without questioning (followed by the warning that not having strong belief in author's strategies, will not yield you any results!) This is the kind of science he is broadcasting to his hapless readers, who are duped in to buying this book based on two fraudulent terms used in the title- 'science' and 'getting Rich
The Science of Getting Rich is a wonderful read. I rated the book four stars. The book is all about reprogramming your mind to build wealth. Building wealth is all about having a mindset that is different than the average person. The author gives important facts, strategies, and methods to attract wealth in your life. This book was essential to my mindset change and it has opened up my eyes to the possibility of being wealthy in the near future. This is a book that can be used as a reference and ...more
Reagan Ramm
This is probably the weirdest book I've ever read, which is saying a lot since I went to public school.

Far from being scientific, this book read more like the holy book of a religion devoted to wealth. While the author quotes the Bible, he makes claims about God that are certainly not Biblical, such as the assertion that God doesn't want you to sacrifice for others, but to acquire wealth. Getting rich--the author claims--is the greatest human pursuit, and you are nothing without wealth. So many
T. Gilbert
This is the original Self Help book in my opinion. It has the basic principle of existence in it. It is being applied to riches but it is true that you may apply it to any part of life as well. I have studied many self help gurus. This man has hit the nail on the head. I've read several versions of this book and the best, of course, is the original work. You will know when you are reading the unaltered material - as he will say "Man" as opposed to "a person". Plus, "Certain Way" will be capitali ...more
Chris Cook
This is probably a classic of its genre. I recognize themes in this book that get renovated and re-used by the likes of Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, and many others. It was interesting to read the original, although there are a few sections that feel out of date. While the author insists that there is a science to getting rich, I'm not sure that's what I would call it. Certainly, this tome is not using the scientific method for growing rich. Instead, it is the power of positive thinking, and the at ...more
Ebster Davis
I started out reading it thinking it was really dumb. But then I realized the concepts the book was discussing are things I already believe anyway (even if I don't practice them).

-Cosmic force of good wants you to succeed in doing good things with your life.

-Send positive vibes into the universe and good things will come your way.

-God is a creator, but human beings are creators also. God wants us to be his hands to create.


(I believe these are true of more then money, even though this book p
Rik Schnabel
This book is in my view is a must read for anyone who is currently not rich. Not sure where it is on their website, however you can get a free copy of it (I think in the freebies section) -
The title of this book came across my desk twice in one week from very different sources. A sign? I borrowed it from the library and I am glad I did. Paying for this book would have been a huge mistake.

I enjoy self-help and how-to books, and I always take away something I can adapt and use in my life. In this case, I have no freaking clue what the author was trying to communicate. A few sentences made sense (and would have been great in fortune cookies).

I don't think those who gave the book hig
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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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“There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression.” 15 likes
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