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Book Review: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles

Updated on July 28, 2009

The Science of Getting Rich

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.


This book, along with Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, are the two foundation books of the Law of Attraction movement, which has sprung up since the making of The Secret. The Science of Getting Rich has even had a seminar named in its honour. For a book written in 1910, which afterwards fell quickly into obscurity this is no mean feat.

The Science of Getting Rich is all about the mind, and putting aside the Law of Attraction for just one moment, it has a lot on common with a lot of self-help books currently on the market today. Themes of the power of positive thinking, living in the now, and that what is uppermost in your mind will determine your path are what this book is all about.

I can't help but compare this book with Think and Grow Rich, because they they are both about wealth creation, and the was they say wealth is accumulated is very similar. The approach that Wattles takes in The Science of Getting Rich is less strident, though, and more readable because of this. The book is also a lot shorter. The printed version runs at less than 60 pages, but Wattles packs as much into those pages as Hill does into his much longer book. That is a feat in itself.

The Science of Getting Rich and "The Secret"

Considering where I knew this book was used later on I found myself comparing it to The Secret as I read it. It's obvious from the start just how much of Wattles' philosophies have been used in the videos and books we see on our shelves.

Wattles stresses that you must control your thoughts, and have the thoughts that will bring you closer to your goal always on your mind. He goes onto point out traps you may fall into that will stop you from achieving your goal. For example when talking about being an indispensable employee he points out that you are actually stopping yourself from advancement if that is your aim. An indispensable employee rarely goes further up in the hierarchy. You need to be the person that does, and keep that image in your mind.

What I found most striking was that Wattles believes you don't need props to attract wealth. He warns against the use of what he calls "voodoo" and other props people may think will entice wealth in their direction. He also talks extensively about the need to find your own direction and system, and to not rely on other people's systems. There are no goal cards and vision boards in Wattle's system. He believes in self-reliance, and contemplation to hold onto your dream instead.

There is a lot of religious imagery in the book, and Wattles quotes Jesus regularly to back up his claims. If you are not religious you may find this off-putting, but it doesn't detract from the overall message of the book.

I enjoyed the read, and will read it again, albeit a bit more slowly this time. There's a lot of information packed into a very small book. It's well worth the read, if you are studying the Law of Attraction.

If you want to read it for yourself

If you want to read this book in hard or soft cover for yourself, I have provided some Amazon links and some eBay ones as well. If you just want to get an electronic copy the good news is that the book is out of copyright and is available for free download in numerous places, just type the words "The Science of Getting Rich Free eBook" into Google. These copies are mainly coming from Internet Marketers; though, who have added their own commentaries and links to the eBooks.

I was hoping that I would be able to link to Project Gutenberg to get around this, but none of Wattle's books are in the library there, which is surprising considering their extensive library.


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  • Hovalis profile image

    Hovalis 9 years ago from Australia

    I'd have to agree with you on that one. :-)

  • surefire profile image

    surefire 9 years ago

    I have read both books and they are good, no doubt about it. However IMO the SOGR is way better if you want to understand the law of attraction principles from the ground up. The book elucidates the concepts in easy to understand simple language.

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    cindywa888 9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I think the audio book versions of these books are the best. I find for me, it's much easier when I can listen to a book in the background while I am doing other things. These books are very enlightening for sure.

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    Hovalis 9 years ago from Australia

    I think if you are in a sales environment that "Think and Grow Rich" would be an excellent book to have with you. What I've noticed after reading both of these books is that The Secret is really a combination of both of them, some aspects are taken from Napoleon Hill's book, and some from Wallace D Wattles. It's strange to read them both and to piclk out the bits and pieces, and it is food for thought to get your own interpretation of them. Obviously you did well, I remember reading your hub on your life. Hill combined with, I bet a natural ability on your part, worked extremely well in your sales. :-)

    Thanks for reading!

  • MrMarmalade profile image

    MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

    I have read both the titles you comment on.I do believe the

    "Think and Grow Rich" is better carrier of the faith and the faithful.

    I carried Napoleon's book with me for seven years WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT.


    Anyway good hub.

    Thank you