- The science of getting rich -
Walles D. Wattles published a book in 1910 called The Science of Getting Rich, the book is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free at many Internet sites. It is only 49 pages long, yet filled with powerful ideas.
Here is a summary of his ideas:
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 imagined 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 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’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The individual who has nothing to give cannot fill his place as a spouse or parent, as a citizen, or as a human being. It is through the use of material things that a person finds full life for his body, develops his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of importance to each individual to be rich.
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.
Never look at the visible supply. Look always at the limitless riches in formless substance, and know that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.
A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become, and must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the supreme that his desires are granted to him.
He must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through realization of his mental image. 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 to advancing thought so that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes in contact.
People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.
Every person who becomes rich by competition knocks down the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down, but every person who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow –and inspires them to do so.
N.B.With thanks to Rebecca Fine for part of this summary.