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The Science of Getting Rich

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The Science of Getting Rich is a book written by the New Thought Movement writer Wallace D. Wattles; it was published in 1910 by Elizabeth Towne. The book is still in print after almost 100 years. It was a major inspiration for Rhonda Byrne's bestselling book and film and book The Secret (2006 film). According to USA Today, the text is divided into 17 short, straight-to-th ...more
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Published May 27th 2014 by Beyond Words Publishing (first published 1910)
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Tamara
Feb 01, 2008 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeffrey
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
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Jonathan
Jan 21, 2009 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fed
Feb 04, 2013 Fed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Baylor
Apr 10, 2012 Julie Baylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Andrew
Apr 18, 2010 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tony Bradshaw
Oct 05, 2013 Tony Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Barry J.
Apr 13, 2011 Barry J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bryan Borgers
Jun 15, 2014 Bryan Borgers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aditya Patil
Nov 03, 2014 Aditya Patil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Seth Jenson
Mar 04, 2010 Seth Jenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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I N
Feb 16, 2009 I N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Lenore Skomal
Jul 04, 2012 Lenore Skomal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sue
Nov 10, 2007 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chona Lei
Jun 25, 2012 Chona Lei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!!!
Ginger Marin
Sep 10, 2015 Ginger Marin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so dated (with Wattles talking about the great steel barons from another century) that it makes many of his conclusions false.

I found a few principles worthy to digest but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a brilliant piece of propaganda. I picked it apart on my blog post and urge you to read it here: http://bioniclady.com/2012/09/24/the-...
Elizabeta
May 29, 2016 Elizabeta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I didn't find anything useful here. A lot of generalities and abstracts.
Ramy
Dec 16, 2014 Ramy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wealth
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" .
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Trevor Acy
Jul 07, 2011 Trevor Acy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Donald Owens III
Mar 02, 2016 Donald Owens III rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some good advice, but the philosophy that the author has, and the ideas he tells us to accept are so poisonously egocentric and selfish that it not only taints, but spoils the entire book.

In the beginning of the book, he tells the reader that the idea we must accept is that the world owes wealth and prosperity to you, and the point of life is to be happy and rich.

He makes a point to say that if there is a god, he would want you to be rich. In all, this is a poisonous book.
Cristobal
Nov 08, 2011 Cristobal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elton
Jun 23, 2014 Elton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Crystalee Beck
I wish this book had a different title, because it comes across as one of "those" money-making schemes -- it's actually a philosophical book, similar to Emerson or Thoreau. Written more than 100 years ago, this book shares TRUTH about our ability to think and create wealth. So many gems of insight, such as the idea of making the impression to everyone you meet that you're an "Advancing man" (or woman) and that you are progressing. Every living thing seeks progress, and we're drawn to those who c ...more
Reagan Ramm
Nov 15, 2015 Reagan Ramm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Brandon Clay
Feb 27, 2014 Brandon Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: success-classics
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
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Jose Amezcua
Jan 07, 2016 Jose Amezcua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book but I read sone years ago Napoleon Hill's book and the secrets of a millionaire mind, so this book refreshed me some ideas.
It could be a 5 stars for someone else. :)

The first book I read and finished this year
 Aesha  Moallim
Apr 11, 2016 Aesha Moallim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When someone ask you about how is to get rich or the science of getting rich, it is simple as this: just do things you are doing in the certain way.
Then, a question pop up into your mind as well as the asker's mind: what is the exact certain way to do things and follow? That is what this book discusses about, in the proper certain way of course.
May you ask the asker, why there are people who success in their way to get rich where others are not. Although, they, both, do things in their own cert
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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.” 18 likes
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