Originally Posted November 8, 2016
Concluding Observations and Summary of the Science of Getting Rich
The Science of Getting Rich is a 78-page publication written by Wallace Wattles in 1910. More recently republished as an eBook by Vic Johnson, host of the Champions Club, it has many nuggets that are applicable today for anyone whose most pressing need is for money or what can be accomplished with money.
The primary theme throughout this book is what Wallace Wattles calls, “The Certain Way,” a phrase that appears more than 30 times. I recommend reading the book with a highlighter in hand and mark each refer that this phrase. Then, read the sentences before and after to capture the context in which it was used. Wattles conclusion is that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way, which he believes everyone can learn to do.
A Certain Way
Wattles continues that in order to do things in a Certain Way, people must become able to think in a Certain Way. Thus, a person’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he or she thinks about things. These principles would later be expanded by Napoleon Hill in his landmark-selling book, Think and Grow Rich published in 1937. The book is still in print today with over 100 million copies sold by 2015.
Thoughts Become Things
Both Wattles and Hill taught that we are thinking beings and a thought can produce the thing that is imagined by the thought. A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he or she wishes to have, to do or to become. Everything that has ever been invented began as a thought. Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors ever, Walt Disney, considered the ultimate creative genius – “Imagineer” and Steve Jobs whose thoughts became a new reality in how we use technology.
Vision, Purpose, Faith and Gratitude
In the final paragraph Wattles concludes by saying that 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 (unchanging, permanent) of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude. I leave you with the challenge to refine your vision, have a firmly fixed purpose, maintain an unwavering faith, and cultivating your gratitude to the Almighty, Supreme Being, Higher Power [God] from whom all things flow.
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