Book Summary Review: Wallace D Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich

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The Complete Wallace D. Wattles: (9 BOOKS) The Science of Getting Rich; The Science of Being Great;The Science of Being Well; How to Get What You (novel) (A Timeless Wisdom Collection)


The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace D. Wattles & Mitch Horowitz

This collection of books is amazing and my favourite is the Science of Getting Rich, truly life changing information.


Here are my key takeaways:

No one can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money

The object of all life is development

The purpose of nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life

To be content with less is sinful

Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming

Success in life is becoming what you want to be

There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life, and that desire is praiseworthy

The person who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the person who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal

Desire is possibility seeking expression or function seeking performance.

A person’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving.

It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich.

you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself

The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way and those who do things in this certain way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich,

getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way.

Getting rich is not the result of saving, or thrift.

getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way

it is not a matter of choosing some particular business or profession. People get rich in every business and in every profession, while their next-door neighbors in the very same vocation remain in poverty.

if you begin to do things in this way, you must infallibly begin to get rich, for like causes must produce like effects.

The working class may become the master class whenever they will begin to do things in a certain way

No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all.

Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which all things proceed.

Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short.

It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live more;


We live in a thought world, which is part of a thought universe

Thinking substance takes the form of its thought and moves according to the thought.

A human being is a thinking center, capable of original thought.

A person’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things.

To do things in the way you want to do them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think. This is the first step toward getting rich.

And to think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.

life, by living, multiplies itself. It is forever becoming more.

we are subject to the urge of life, seeking expression, which ever drives us on to know more, to do more, and to be more

We must get rich so that we can live more.

The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment.

It is power seeking to manifest which causes desire.

That which makes you want more money is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is life seeking fuller expression.

It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you to get rich because he can express himself better through you if you have plenty of things to use in giving him expression. He can live more in you if you have unlimited command of the means of life.

The universe desires you to have everything you want to have. Nature is friendly to your plans. Everything is naturally for you. Make up your mind that this is true.

But remember that extreme altruism is no better and no nobler than extreme selfishness; both are mistakes.

What God wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for others.

you can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.

You do not have to drive sharp bargains.

You do not have to cheat or to take advantage. You do not need to let anyone work for you for less than he earns.

You are to become a creator, not a competitor

Give everyone more in use value than you take from him in cash value.

After once forming the thought, have the most absolute and unquestioning faith that the sewing machine is coming. Never think of it or speak of it in any other way than as being sure to arrive. Claim it as already yours.

You need not hesitate about asking largely. “It is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom,” said Jesus.

If you fix upon your consciousness the fact that your desire for the possession of riches is one with the desire of the supreme power for more complete expression, your faith becomes invincible.

you need not hesitate to ask largely

The more gratefully we fix our minds on the supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come.

You cannot exercise much power without gratitude, for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power

to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.

The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best.

The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith.

Do not waste a lot of time thinking or talking about the shortcomings or wrong actions of those in power. Their organization of the world has created your opportunity;

You must know what you want and be specific and definite

See just what you want and get a clear mental picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it. That clear mental picture you must have continually in mind.

As the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship, you must keep your face toward it all the time. You must no more lose sight of it than the helmsman loses sight of the compass.

Behind your clear vision must be the purpose to realize it, to bring it out in tangible expression. And behind this purpose must be an invincible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already yours, that it is “at hand” and you have only to take possession of it.

Live in the new house, mentally, until it takes form around you physically

In the mental realm, enter at once into full enjoyment of the things you want.

“Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” said Jesus.

Dwell upon your mental picture until it is clear and distinct, and then take the mental attitude of ownership toward everything in that picture.

The person who can sincerely thank God for the things which as yet he owns only in imagination has real faith. He will get rich. He will cause the creation of whatever he wants.

In order to get rich you do not need a “sweet hour of prayer;” you need to “pray without ceasing.” And by prayer I mean holding steadily to your vision, with the purpose to cause its creation into solid form, and the faith that you are doing so. “Believe that ye receive them.”

Once you have clearly formed your vision, the whole matter turns on receiving. When you have formed it, it is well to make an oral statement, addressing the supreme in gratitude. Then, from that moment on you must, in mind, receive what you ask for

Think and speak of all the things you have asked for in terms of actual present ownership

Imagine an environment and a financial condition exactly as you want them, and live all the time in that mental environment and financial condition until they take physical shape.

Hold to the FAITH that the imaginary is being realized and to your PURPOSE to realize it.

Remember that it is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer

To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself.

When you know what to think and do, then you must use your will to compel yourself to think and do the right things.

Use your will to keep yourself thinking and acting in the certain way

Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one toward you.

Every hour and moment you spend in giving heed to doubts and fears, every hour you spend in worry, every hour in which your soul is possessed by unbelief, sets a current away from you in the whole domain of intelligent substance.

All the promises are unto them that believe and unto them only

Since belief is all important, it behooves you to guard your thoughts, and as your beliefs will be shaped to a very great extent by the things you observe and think about, it is important that you should carefully govern to what you give your attention.

it is by your will that you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.

most charity only tends to perpetuate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate.

Get rich. That is the best way you can help the poor

The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration.

Do not tell of your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them. Do not think of them at all. Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or the hardships of your early life. To do any of these things is to mentally class yourself with the poor for the time being, and it will certainly check the movement of things in your direction. Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you.

Give your attention wholly to riches. Do not focus on poverty

Whenever you think or speak of those who are poor, think and speak of them as those who are becoming rich, as those who are to be congratulated rather than pitied.

An ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

Read this book every day

read only the most optimistic comments on the world’s news — those in harmony with your picture

You must give every man more in use value than he gives you in cash value.

The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what you want, in holding fast to your purpose to get what you want, and in realizing with grateful faith that you do get what you want.

Your faith and purpose positively impress your vision upon formless substance, which has the same desire for more life that you have, and this vision, received from you, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their regular channels of action, but directed toward you.

It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process. All you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to your purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.

There are very many people who, consciously or unconsciously, set the creative forces in action by the strength and persistence of their desires, but who remain poor because they do not provide for the reception of the thing they want when it comes.

By thought the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.

You cannot act in the past, and it is essential to the clearness of your mental vision that you dismiss the past from your mind.

Put your whole mind into present action.

Every day is either a successful day or a day of failure, and it is the successful days which get you what you want.

if every day is a success, you cannot fail to get rich.

If there is something that may be done today and you do not do it, you have failed insofar as that thing is concerned — and the consequences may be more disastrous than you imagine.

Your neglect or failure to do some small thing may cause a long delay in getting what you want.

Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day

Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure. Every act is, in itself, either effective and efficient or ineffective and inefficient. Every inefficient act is a failure, and if you spend your life in doing inefficient acts, your whole life will be a failure.

if every act of your life is an efficient one, your whole life must be a success.

The cause of failure is doing too many things in an inefficient manner and not doing enough things in an efficient manner

if you do not do any inefficient acts and if you do a sufficient number of efficient acts, you will become rich.

Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong, you are acting in the certain way which will make you rich.

Every act can be made strong and efficient by holding your vision while you are doing it and putting the whole power of your FAITH and PURPOSE into it.

Remember that successful action is cumulative in its results.

Do, every day, all that you can do that day, and do each act in an efficient manner

There is never any hurry on the creative plane, and there is no lack of opportunity

When you get out of the competitive mind you will understand that you never need to act hastily

When you are in doubt, wait. Fall back on the contemplation of your vision, and increase your faith and purpose.

in times of doubt and indecision, cultivate gratitude.

A day or two spent in contemplating the vision of what you want and in earnest thanksgiving that you are getting it will bring your mind into such close relationship with the supreme that you will make no mistake when you do act.

There is a mind which knows all there is to know, and you can come into close unity with this mind by faith and the purpose to advance in life, if you have deep gratitude.

Mistakes come from acting hastily or from acting in fear or doubt or in forgetfulness of the right motive, which is more life to all, and less to none.

Do all that you can do in a perfect manner every day, but do it without haste, worry, or fear. Go as fast as you can, but never hurry. Remember that in the moment you begin to hurry you cease to be a creator and become a competitor

Whenever you find yourself hurrying, call a halt. Fix your attention on the mental image of the thing you want and begin to give thanks that you are getting it.

The desire for increase is inherent in all nature; it is the fundamental impulse of the universe.

Every living thing is under this necessity for continuous advancement; where increase of life ceases, dissolution and death set in at once.

The normal desire for increased wealth is not an evil or a reprehensible thing. It is simply the desire for more abundant life. It is aspiration.

Convey the impression of advancement with everything you do, so that all people shall receive the impression that you are an “advancing personality,” and that you advance all who deal with you.

give the thought of increase. You can convey this impression by holding the unshakable faith that you, yourself, are in the way of increase and by letting this faith inspire, fill, and permeate every action.

Do everything that you do in the firm conviction that you are an advancing personality and that you are giving advancement to everybody

Feel that you are getting rich, and that in so doing you are making others rich and conferring benefits on all.

Let every act and tone and look express the quiet assurance that you are getting rich — that you are already rich.

You must so impress others that they will feel that in associating with you they will get increase for themselves.

“What I want for myself, I want for everybody

Getting rich is an exact science.

Form your clear mental vision of what you want, and begin to act with faith and purpose.

Put the power of success and the purpose to get rich into everything that you do

God cannot help helping you if you act in a certain way. He must do so in order to help himself

Whenever you do fall into old ways of thought, correct yourself instantly

Give no anxious thought to possible disasters, obstacles, panics, or unfavorable combinations of circumstances. There is time enough to meet such things when they present themselves before you in the immediate present, and you will find that every difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its overcoming.

Guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way. Never admit the possibility of failure or speak in a way that infers failure as a possibility. Never speak of the times as being hard or of business conditions as being doubtful. Times may be hard and business doubtful for those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for you. You can create what you want, and you are above fear

regard seeming evil as being only that which is undeveloped.

Always speak in terms of advancement.

Never allow yourself to feel disappointed. You may expect to have a certain thing at a certain time and not get it at that time, and this will appear to you like failure. But if you hold to your faith you will find that the failure is only apparent.

When you make a failure, it is because you have not asked for enough. Keep on, and a larger thing then you were seeking will certainly come to you.

Spend most of your leisure time in contemplating your vision, in cultivating gratitude, and in reading this book.

A SUMMARY OF THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH 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 imaged by the thought. A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created. In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. Otherwise he cannot be in harmony with formless intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit. A person may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the formless. A person can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude. A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become, and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the supreme that all his desires are granted to him. The person who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the formless and the creative forces set in motion. The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial and social order. All that is included in his mental image will surely be brought to the person who follows the instructions given above, and whose faith does not waver. What he wants will come to him through the ways of established trade and commerce. In order to receive his own when it is ready to come to him, a person must be in action in a way that causes him to more than fill his present place. He must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through realization of his mental image. And he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to do each act in a successful manner. He must give to every person a use value in excess of the cash value he receives, so that each transaction makes for more life, and he must hold the advancing thought so that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes into contact.   The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich, and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.

Wisdom is the essential basis of greatness.

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