Wallace Wattle's The Science Of Getting Rich - Review

By Marianne R. Brown

Although "The Secret" sounds as if all you have to do is envision what you want and then send happy thoughts out into the universe to get it, it's a little bit more complicated than that.Although I do believe in the Law of Attraction, I also believe that there is another "law" at work here, and if you really want to succeed, you have to follow this law, the "Law of Action." Another pitfall to avoid is wanting things for the wrong reasons. The unfortunate truth is that there are many successful people in the world who seem to have it all, and yet they are miserable and unhappy with what they have. You can avoid this by taking certain steps first.To have what you want in life, to be what you want and then enjoy it when you get it, you need an action plan. You can start on the road to success by asking yourself these five questions:

Wattles became involved with New Thought speakers of the 1890's in Chicago, including Emma Curtis Hopkins and William Walker Atkinson, both of whom were prolific writers. He is known to have studied the works of Georg Hegel and Ralph Waldo Emerson and recommends them with other philosophers to his readers. His involvement with Hopkins, Atkinson, and others in the 1890's led him to start writing books and articles in which he shared the philosophy he had adopted.

However, there is only one downside of this book which is, it is a "psycho babble" from various aspects and this is not appealing to some readers. If you go through "The Science of Getting Rich" book, you will find that there is no exercise that will tell you on how to become rich or what sorts of investments you should do to get rich. The book explains that to get rich you have to go about your daily business and at the same time organize your day to day affairs in such a way that money can flow in. The chapter that was particularly appealing to me was the one on gratitude. Wallace in this chapter mentions that he is a firm believer in being grateful before acquiring wealth.

Look, the bottom line is this: only you get to decide who you will be and what you will do with your life unless you decide to listen to those who don't have your best interests at heart. Is that what you really want for your life?I grew up having thoughts and feelings for just about every idea and concept in Wattles' book. But it took several years as a business man, and as a family man, to finally bring them all together in my own mind. Only then did I realize that I had been, since my early teens, using vision, purpose, faith, and gratitude, to help me build wealth, success, and happiness. By the time I was 19, I already believed that in order for me to be a good Christian, I needed to be a good capitalist. And in order to be a good capitalist, I needed to be a good Christian. And in order to be a good family man, I needed to be a good Christian and a good capitalist. But as a young teenager, struggling to help my mother come up with money to pay our home's mortgage and utilities, these were not ideas and concepts that I could easily grasp. It was difficult to see the 'big picture' when bills needed to be paid before we could eat.

Shortly after his death, his daughter, Florence, wrote a letter to Elizabeth Towne in which she described the last 15 years of her father's life. In that letter Florence shared the story of the poverty the family was dealing with near the end of 1896, her father's efforts to provide for the family and his commitment to his philosophy. During his last years "he wrote almost constantly" to capture his philosophy in writing. His efforts paid off, and Florence commented in the letter to Mrs. Towne that "in the last three years he made lots of money".

The Science of Getting Rich begins on the right note by explaining how money is important to achieve whatever goals you might have. You might think your goals transcend all that and are above something petty like money, but the truth is that you need certain things - practical everyday things and objects to get there and only money can get you those. To understand how sensible the advice in The Science of Getting Rich is, think about it this way. If you aspire to be a writer and are living in a little apartment doing all your chores yourself, then you can't devote as much time to writing as a person who is rich, lives in a nice big house and has maids to do all the messy chores so that he/she can focus on the thing he/she does best - write some great books!

Wattles' message was an important one for me. And it is one that can help you change and improve your life too. But I'm here to tell you that there is no big 'secret' hidden in this book. Wattles' book does not contain any great earth-shattering, life-changing secret. Everything in this book you already know about or have already thought about at one time or another. What it does do is bring together and discuss several ideas and concepts about achieving and living a balanced and successful life. It presents it to you in a little book, in a structured and easy-to-understand format. Maybe you haven't been able to bring all of these ideas and concepts together in your own head. Maybe you didn't know how to apply these ideas and concepts to your life, business, and career. This book will help you see and understand these ideas and concepts - and shows you how they can apply to your life, business, and career.

The Science of Getting Rich is a successful self-help book and it is so popular that it can easily find its way in the future Hall of Fame of popular books. It has all the ingredients that are necessary for a book to be exciting, appealing and readable. Moreover, The Science of Getting Rich is short and to the point and it is written in a lucid and eloquent manner, so that the readers can easily understand what it is trying to convey to its audience.

Many times we do not see opportunities that are right in front of us because our attitude is wrong. Ask formless intelligence to show you opportunities that are around you, right where you are today. You may find new and exciting ventures have been there all along!It may take someone looking in from the outside to point out new opportunities to you. A mentor or a coach or even a trusted friend can often point out things you overlook. What you want might be easily within your reach, but you look right past it.

If you want to build a successful business and career that is in sync with a balanced and happy life, you will need to read it several times - and then read it several more times again. Once you get past some of the confusing and old-style terminology, you will begin to see and understand Wattles' message. You do not need to an American, believe in God, or religion, or Christianity to understand Wattles' message - or to benefit from his message. You just need an open mind, and a desire for personal fulfillment and advancement. Please read it carefully. It will be worth your time and effort.After reading and internalizing Wattles' concepts in this book, you too should have a better idea of what it takes to begin formulating a life, business, and career - using vision, purpose, faith, and gratitude - to build wealth, success, and happiness. This book is here to help you take that first step toward the happy and successful life that you owe to yourself and to your family. It is now up to you and you alone.

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