The Science Of Getting Rich
If your parents or social group gave you the wrong ideas about money when you were growing up like “the rich only have their money because they stole it from the poor,” “rich people are so stuck up!” or “Jesus says rich men can’t go to heaven,” and you feel like those ideas are holding you back, then this is the book for you, Wallace D. Wattles shows us how it is not only morally correct to be rich but that it is the logical and natural thing to be.
“Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth to live in a manner that even approaches completeness… To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most essential of all knowledge.”
- Wallace D. Wattles, in 1910
When you see a book with the title like “The Science of Getting Rich,” it would be easy to see why you’d think it’s a handbook of selfish desires by a sleezy author.
You should keep an open mind though as this classic is basically a book that should’ve been one of the great sacred texts because of how it reads and how it gives us a lesson on such an important problem in our lives.
The view this book takes was inspired by what East Asian Philosophy, and some Western Philosophy have in common and that is the view that the universe is one big interconnected whole and every single object in it is like a thread in a rich tapestry. This view was a trend in the early 20th century called the New Thought and it is just as relevant today as it was back then.
Unlike the traditional teaching of the Christian Church, which made poverty tied to holiness, New Thought chooses to believe that there is a natural abundance of resources in the world, and it is actually unnatural to be poor because there is enough for everyone to be happy and if you are poverty stricken then you cannot reach your full potential because the evolution of the world requires us to grow our wealth in an honest way.
Let’s take a dive into the teachings of this short but life changing book…
Finding The Source Of Wealth
If you’ve ever read any books about prosperity then you’d notice they all say that the origin of wealth begins in our thoughts. Napoleon Hill called this source “ Infinite Intelligence” in his book Think And Grow Rich, I like Deepak Chopra’s name for it “The field of pure potentiality,” but Catherine Ponder and Wallace D. Wattles name for it is simply formless “Substance.”
But can wealth really come from seemingly nothing? The great inventor Thomas Edison himself said that “Ideas come from space. This may seem astonishing and impossible to believe, but it is true. Ideas come from out of space.”
And Claude M. Bristol reinforces this claim in his book The Magic Of Believing, by saying that if anyone knew anything about where ideas came from then it had to be Edison.
So then that is how we must go about living our lives, by having a very clear thought in our mind, then using our earthly bodies to bring it into existence, everything man made was once an idea in someones head. After that, they brought that idea into existence through bending the world to their will by way of using tools with their hands.
Now we can build things more easily because we know how the world works in relation to us. Make a highly detailed vision in the formless substance of your mind and then use your effort and work to make it real. Your subconscious will make a path for you if you just keep moving.
“He who acquires this power becomes a master mind. He can conquer fate; he can have what he wants.”
The Naturalness of Growth
Everything in nature seeks to expand, trees grow, rivers widen, species procreate — This is a fact about the behavior of the universe. Everything wants to progress. Therefore, it is only natural that you should want more, and you must begin to see your want as a natural phenomenon.
Here’s the catch: What you want must also be in harmony with the universe. You need to want to become the best “you” you can be and not just spend your life chasing entertainment and excitement. Wealth is for pursuing interests, developing your mind, traveling, surrounding yourself with beauty, and most importantly it is for improving the world around you by giving generously.
Living greedily and trying to fulfill animalistic desires doesn’t help you or the world around you, those desires can never be permanently satiated so you will more than likely destroy yourself going down the path of mindless gratification.
A Creative Mind Instead Of A Competitive One
You do not need to take away from others in order to get what you want, the universe has enough to provide for everyone, and the flows of it’s riches are endless.
The idea and attitude of competition do not reflect the belief in an abundant universe. The competition mindest means that you believe that there is a limited amount of value in the world and it can only be divided up among everyone with only the strongest taking the biggest shares. The creative mindset means that you believe value is created not split into pieces to fight over.
In order to have all that you want, you must be a creator not a competitor.
What about all the people that have become rich through competition?
They are like the dinosaurs from the prehistoric era, they had their use in the evolutionary process of organizing production but are always brought down by the same forces of competition that gave them a high position in the first place.
Their riches never satisfied them and didn’t serve a purpose to society so the universe came and released it back into the great economical machine.
Nobody can “beat you” if you hold the creative mindset and create something totally unique from your own imagination, skills, and experience.
Big organizations cannot block you out of an industry if you are building a new one that nobody has ever seen.
One last tip for the creative is that you must always “over deliver,” that is you must give people what they feel is greater value than what they paid for. Stick to these rules and you can’t fail.
Always be grateful, even if you do not have what you want, act as though you do and the universe will reward you. When you are in harmony with the source of all thing then it will want to meet you half way and provide you with what you need when you’ve worked for it.
Don’t spend any time complaining about politicians or the 1% because they are part of earths natural evolution and their presence allows there to be room for you to grow. Just focus on gratefulness.
Don’t talk about being poor or being poor in the past, doing this gives you the mindset of a poor person and will cause you to act like a poor person, eventually making you poor. Instead only concentrate on how to be rich and visualize yourself as a rich person, everything else will follow.
Don’t study what makes poor people poor, look only for what makes rich people rich, then you can share that knowledge and inspire the poor out of their poverty instead of giving them money and further enabling their bad habits.
So let’s ask the question “Why even try to be rich?” some say that we should want less and stop stressing the earth. But these people don’t take into account human nature, What is a person but a pile of goals and dreams?
The nature of life and growth is the want-to-increase, so it is against the laws of the universe to not seek more. Progress is what has made our world what it is today, we would have none of our modern conveniences if nobody dared to want better than what we had before.
“Moral and spiritual greatness is only possible to those who are above the competitive plane,” Wattles says. You cannot pursue higher minded goals if you are struggling to fulfill basic needs like food or shelter. You cannot buy books or travel to new places if you can’t keep your lights on. You will have a better outlook on life when you can afford to surround yourself with beautiful things.
The last point to make is that humans need love and it is impossible to have love when you are competing against those closest to you for resources.
In our age we are now more open to the fact that wealth and spirituality go together and we should feel entitled to it instead of guilty for wanting it.
Don’t be fooled by the mystical way this book teaches it’s lessons, the information is useful to anyone, rich or poor, “smart” or “dumb.”
Originally published at http://forgefinancialfreedom.com on April 30, 2019.