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The Science of Getting Rich

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  34,648 ratings  ·  1,111 reviews
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
Paperback, 146 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tarcherperigee (first published 1910)
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Anne This book is life changing, I have read it many times and listen to the audio book at least once or twice a week. It does work. YOU just need to have …moreThis book is life changing, I have read it many times and listen to the audio book at least once or twice a week. It does work. YOU just need to have an open mind and be ready. Give it a chance, you will not regret it. (less)

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Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Julie Baylor
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 12, 2010 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
Nov 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I didn't find anything useful here. A lot of generalities and abstracts. ...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 th
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
Bryan Borgers
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aditya Patil
Oct 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Reagan Ramm
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like "The Science of Getting Rich" I thought I would be reading a book presenting proven strategies and techniques to accumulate wealth. In fact, the book is not really a financial book at all, and it certainly has nothing to do with science. This book is essentially a power of positive thinking type of book with no real proven strategies. The words science and proof are used incorrectly in this book. ...more
Barry J.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Tony  Bradshaw
Jan 24, 2013 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
Nov 10, 2007 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
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:
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Gibberish. Stupid. Shit.
Seth Jenson
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Science of Getting Rich is just what I needed right now. I think from the stress of everyday responsibilities to the current political climate, life has been weighing me down. This book gave me a new and more positive perspective about all of that. This book is about gaining wealth, but it is so much more than that. It is about having the power to set your mind on something you really want and then achieving it. Sounds kind of cheesy, but I'm telling you, this book was a game changer for me. ...more
Peter Harris
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books is truly amazing. I liked everything about the book. There aren't any tedious references to stories; it is plain and simple and to the point. From the first five minutes of reading this book I have already felt empowered to go on and reach my goals. It is truly motivating and gives the groundwork to becoming successful in whatever it is you want to become. I recommend this to anyone who wants to be something great and achieve above the masses. I bought this book at special price from ...more
Donald Owens III
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Satish Sridharan
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhonda Byrne’s secret was reading this book. This book is older than most known law of attraction books. What I like about this book is that it doesn’t beat around the bush. It’s very practical as well as short, just 77 pages. The author himself applied whatever he has described in this book very successfully. The more law of attraction books we read the more we know what to filter and eliminate and what to actually follow. This book has stripped out all the unnecessary details added by the late ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Shahriar Kabir
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a book what a book is for. To make good to people and to make people good.
But, really the reality is I started the book with the intention of what is generally meant by "rich". The conventional meaning of "rich" is true and experienced by real-life occurrences.
The meaning of "rich" given by the book is idealistic because we are not idealistic. The jealousy, competency is the key to make us realistic human race.
Whatever, it pushes a sound knock that I desire. We are made of our th
Apr 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-audiobook
This book is absolute and utter trite, which attempts to completely manipulate and indoctrinate the way you think. Through asserting that everything against the belief enforced in the work should be ignored as though completely false presents just how far Wattles desired his indoctrination to go.

While spouting about how Jesus and God would desire you to live in the way he proposes, he presents it as a cold and bitter life. A clarifying example of this would be his claim that charity does nothin
Lenore Skomal
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was okay
Kelsey Grissom
May 19, 2021 rated it it was ok

Honestly I hesitated to give this book only two stars, because it reads like a chain letter and I sort of worried I’d be cursed for not rating it higher.
I checked it out because it was recommended in that _You Are A Badass_ book and I am usually up for a good money book, but this takes woo woo pseudoscience to a new Joel Osteen level. Occasionally I could agree with something or even see the likelihood of something put forth…but mostly…well. Read at your own risk. I kind of feel like
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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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