The Science of Getting Rich was written by Wallace D. Wattles in 1910, when he was 50. Many consider this book to be the father of all modern self-help and motivational books that are so popular today – it is certainly the most famous. Our 2010 100th anniversary edition of The Science of Getting Rich is the first in history to be made into a college-student-friendly and reader-friendly edition with a comprehensive appendix and illustrations. This appendix, and the illustrations, makes reading and studying this book much easier and much more enjoyable. A modern student and entrepreneur can learn much more from Wattles with our edition than any edition published before.
The foreword has a short discussion about the book’s author and the book’s subject matter.
A short introduction by the author to help the reader understand the focus of the book.
Key questions to prepare the reader for the concepts addressed in each chapter. A short list of questions is highlighted at the beginning of each chapter.
Key quotes, comments, and important points to remember from each chapter.
Venn diagrams to help illustrate and clarify important information.
Important and interesting quotes from the author are highlighted in every chapter – and at the end of the book.
A short biography of the author to help the reader understand what the author’s life was like.
List of publications by this author.
From The Introduction
This book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached.
It is expected that the reader will take the fundamental statements upon faith, just as he would take statements concerning a law of electrical action if they were promulgated by a Marconi or an Edison; and, taking the statements upon faith, that he will prove their truth by acting upon them without fear or hesitation. Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich; for the science herein applied is an exact science, and failure is impossible. For the benefit, however, of those who wish to investigate philosophical theories and so secure a logical basis for faith, I will here cite certain authorities.
The monistic theory of the universe is the theory that One is All, and that All is One; that one Substance manifests itself as the seeming many elements of the material world – is of Hindu origin, and has been gradually winning its way into the thought of the western world for two hundred years. It is the foundation of all the Oriental philosophies, and of those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, and Emerson. The reader who would dig to the philosophical foundations of this is advised to read Hegel and Emerson for himself.
In writing this book I have sacrificed all other considerations to plainness and simplicity of style, so that all might understand. The plan of action laid down herein was deduced from the conclusions of philosophy; it has been thoroughly tested, and bears the supreme test of practical experiment; it works. If you wish to know how the conclusions were arrived at, read the writings of the authors mentioned above; and if you wish to reap the fruits of their philosophies in actual practice, read this book and do exactly as it tells you to do.
About The Author
Wallace D. Wattles experienced a life of many failures, until in his latter years, he formulated and put into practice the principles laid out in this book. Now you can benefit from what he developed.