Thoughts on “The Science of Getting Rich” (Book by Wallace Wattles)

Anyone can get rich

It doesn’t matter what your background is, or how much money you have access to, or what profession you choose, you can can get rich, by aligning your actions to the principles of success.

Creative potential is everywhere

According to this book, there is a formless, invisible substance that is intelligent and creative, and it permeates all the empty space in the universe. This creative “substance” is therefore available to any human being, including you. Anyone can tap into that creativity, anytime, to produce new or better business ideas, or find better solutions to problems.

Beware of believing in current appearances

Idealism and optimism are what create innovative businesses and solve seemingly intractable problems.

Go with trends

Remembering that your income arises from other people’s spending, try to offer products/services that are in demand… and that seem to have an increasing market.

Work in your natural talents

This is common sense, but worth repeating: Offer services/products based on skills that you’re naturally better at.

Spend time on a useful skill

where you have an extraordinary amount of passion, which means you’ll be more than willing to put in the time and effort to create an outstanding service or product.

Visualize what you want

A hundred years before The Secret, and three decades before Think and Grow Rich, this book promoted the idea of clearly visualizing your end goal.

Spend leisure hours turning it over until you memorize all detail

The more often you think about your vision, and mentally work out every detail (of course, writing down things so you don’t forget!), the more likely you are to see opportunities where they were once invisible to you, to take action, and to manifest your vision.

Give others more value than you charge them

Another major concept popularized by this book is the idea that in business, we should be giving the customer more value than they pay for.

From competitive to creative mind

This is my favorite concept from the book:

There is unlimited opportunity — don’t have to rush

It doesn’t matter if you have ideas that you then see others take and manifest. Ideas are useless until they’re turned into action.

Deep gratitude for everything — even failures

I’m glad this book emphasizes the importance of gratitude.

Do what you can, not worrying about past or future

Finally, the book exhorts us to focus on the actions we can take now. Let go of any past mistakes or failures. They do not define you anymore. And don’t worry about the future and whether results will be “good”.

This is not an exact science!

I really don’t like the preface and first chapter. The author oversells and overhypes the ideas of the book.

Just believe what I say; don’t question me…

The author writes:

The noblest of all studies?

The author writes:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” — Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount

The Eight-Fold Path of Buddhism:

You cannot fully spiritual nor expressed — unless you are rich?

The author writes:

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George Kao

George Kao


Authentic Business Coach & Author of 4 Books including "Authentic Content Marketing" and "Joyful Productivity"