The Science Of Getting Rich

By Sharon R. Upchurch

Wallace D. Wattles' nearly one hundred year old classic masterpiece, "The Science of Getting Rich", has recently become *THE* book to read on the subject of getting rich. However, most of those who read this incredible book won't get near as much from it as they could.Since "The Science of Getting Rich" was originally published in 1910, a number of edited and/or revised versions of it have been published both online and offline.

Besides some having slight changes of title, most, if not all of these edited and/or revised versions contain changes in the wording of the original book by Wallace D. Wattles ranging from minor to major in a so-called attempt to "modernize" and/or make it more "readable".

The author of the book begins with a discussion of humanity's right to be rich. Material wealth can be a means of living a fuller, more successful and therefore, more productive life. To earn a living doing what one loves is everyone's dream. However, most of us learn "it doesn't work that way". Those who believe "the rich get richer when the poor get poorer" contribute to the accuracy of that belief in their lives and the lives of those whom they influence. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Unfortunately, there are a whole host of others out there where the title is the same as the original and there isn't a co-author's or editor's name listed, yet the text of the original book has been substantially edited and/or revised.Personally, when I want to know what a particular author has to say, I want to read his or her own words and not those of someone else. This is especially true in the case of Wallace D. Wattles' writings.

"The Science of Getting Rich" insists that opportunity is not monopolized by the elite few. Opportunity abounds at every step of life. The difference between a wealthy person and a poor person is the way they act and think. Wealthy parents teach their children the Certain Way of doing things that made and keeps them wealthy.The author claims that there is an infinite supply of wealth. He says the universe is literally made up of "Formless Stuff" he calls "Original Substance" that acts upon any thought impressed upon it to manifest in the material world. It is the nature of the universe to move toward more life.

None of us knows the meaning of every word there is in the English language. Many words have multiple meanings. And, keep in mind, Wallace D. Wattles wrote "The Science of Getting Rich" nearly one hundred years ago. Many words that were in common usage then are no longer commonly used today and many words that were used back then were used with a different meaning than the meaning we'd attach to them today.A good example of this is the word "check". If you look up the word check in a dictionary, you'll see it has a number of meanings. One of the meanings is to examine something to see if it's true or satisfactory. Another meaning is to stop or slow something down.In Chapter 9 of "The Science of Getting Rich", Wallace D. Wattles wrote:"But you can check all this by starting a negative impression in the Formless Substance."

But you can stop or slow all this by starting a negative impression in the Formless Substance.Although the word check was commonly used to mean stop or slow something down when Wallace D. Wattles wrote "The Science of Getting Rich", it's not a common use of the word today.If you didn't know the word check had multiple meanings, or if you didn't know the word check was commonly used with this meaning back then, it'd be easy for you to misinterpret what Wallace D. Wattles was saying.

We have to become that person who has wealth in our minds before we can have that wealth in our hands. This is the beauty of the book, "The Science of Getting Rich". It makes that transformation more of a science than an art. We have more control of things that can be attained through a scientific or quantitative way. Before we can transform our minds, we have to first decide that it is something that we want to attain. A great chapter in this book is on the attitude of gratitude. We should be thankful of our blessings. This is conducive to transforming our minds to get rich.

"The Science of Getting Rich" is very similar to the classic book by Napoleon Hill entitled, "Think and Grow Rich". Just like Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles was fascinated and made a detail study of those who acquired and became wealthy. They had a different mindset and habits. That mindset and those habits are the difference that made them wealthy. They are discussed in this book.

There are several recent books that talks about attracting wealth. A recent popular book is "The Secret" which is a revised version of "The Science of Getting Rich". "The Secret" is a good book. It even references Wallace Wattles' book. There is no substitution for the original. The original is the concept of acquiring riches in its raw form. It is a matter of practicing the principles outlined in the book.So, if you are serious about self-improvement and becoming the best you can be (e.g. becoming wealthy), you should have this book in your library of success.

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