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Conceived as an accompaniment to the film The Secret, this is the book that literally inspired the groundbreaking movie. I published a new version of the original book, updating and editing the original text, then writing a new introduction and preface. I had a new cover designed and managed all requirements to get the book to retail (ISBN number, barcodes, submissions to libraries etc). 

The end result was an initial print run of 5,000 copies of the Science of Getting Rich, that not only supported the movie’s launch and promotion, but also went on general sale in bookshops nationwide.

Introduction

What can a book first published in 1910, and written by an almost forgotten author, offer to people searching for wealth in the twenty-first century? The first time reader of this book may wonder: Can there really be a science of getting rich? Surely if there was then everyone would em­ploy its methods and the supply of money would soon run out.

The author himself points out that many people will scoff at the idea of an exact science of getting rich; they will insist that society must change first before ordinary people are able to find real wealth.

Since this book was written, humankind has seen the rise and fall of economic policies and advancement in eve­ryday life that was inconceivable a century ago. Yet despite its age, The Science of Getting Rich remains a unique guide to finding abundant life through creative thought.

Some years ago I found myself at the financial low point of my life. I had raised myself up from a small town housewife and mother to become a practicing attorney. Yet despite my hard work, I just couldn’t find the financial suc­cess I wanted. My frustration continued unabated until a friend gave me a copy of this book.

I’ll admit it. I was sceptical at first – suspicious that the pages contained nothing but outdated mumbo-jumbo with­out relevance in the real world. However, I ignored my doubts and continued reading. By the time I reached the end I could see clearly how my failures had originated from a negative, yet subconscious, attitude.   I had discovered, in simple terms, how to think creatively in the Certain Way and apply it to everyday life. Already I believed that success was mine. That belief alone, inspired by Wallace’s words, was enough to propel me towards achievements I had never before thought possible.

Since then, I have traveled the world to hear some of the world’s greatest thinkers and success gurus. So often, these “new’ or “groundbreaking” books, courses, or seminars echo the advice found right here in this book.

Wallace Wattles advocates that money is not limited and that people possess a hidden ability to achieve wealth and happiness. Intelligence, education and capital are not required, just the commitment to follow his step-by-step process of creative thinking that will lead the reader not only to riches but also a fuller and happier life.

However, he warns us, “It is not enough that you have a general desire for wealth,” “everybody has that” and “You must want real life, not mere pleasure of sensual gratifica­tion.”

He says, “We cannot help wanting to be all that we can be.” and “the very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” Hence, by thinking in the Certain Way we not only attain monetary wealth but also make our lives richer and more satisfying, because “Neither body, mind nor soul can exist fully if either of the others is denied expression.”

He shows us that we cannot change the way the world works, but, if a person understands the laws of energy then they can learn to go with the tide instead of trying to swim against it.   Conflicting feelings of guilt and inferiority that people often feel when striving for success are allayed with the assertion that by not working to get rich you are not being all you can be and are therefore derelict in your duty to yourself.

We are advised not think about poverty: “In fact you must put all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you. If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of poverty – “things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites.”

The above principle is complemented by the book’s most encouraging message: that you do not have to cheat or take advantage to find wealth. In fact you should plan to provide more in use value than you take in cash value. By applying this principle you pass from the competitive to the creative mind becoming a creative centre from which in­crease is given off to all.   He adds that there is never any hurry on the creative plane; and there is no lack of opportu­nity.   Your advantage comes by developing methods to make life more efficient, because if every action of your life is efficient, then your whole life must be a success.

Just as Einstein, five years earlier presented his revolu­tionary theory of relativity, formed while employed as a lowly clerk, Wattles formed his philosophy almost in isolation, influenced only by great thinkers like Descartes, Schopen­hauer, Emerson and Hegel. He must have felt this solitude more acutely when his writings led to accusations of heresy and then the loss of his position within the Methodist church.

Presented in a Simple and straightforward manner, The Science of Getting Rich is the result of a lifetime of obser­vation and experimentation. As a forerunner to great books like the Richest Man in Babylon and Think and Grow Rich, this book provides practical, real-world method of advancing life by applying your thoughts in the right way.

This book changed my life. It can change yours too.

Hold it close always, read it often and continue to live real life. Stay true to the advice given in this little volume, even when things seem impossible, have faith in yourself and know that success will find you.

And remember what Wallace says himself, “By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled towards you.”

Keep going for gold.

Dilana Howell

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