The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (Review)

The Science of Getting Rich Book Cover The Science of Getting Rich
Wallace D. Wattles
Business & Economics
Capstone
May 24, 2010
Print (Hardcover)
256
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Brian’s Review

My overall view of Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles is positive but I do not place it on the same level as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937) or How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936) written 27 and 26 years later (respectively). I will admit that I would be surprised if both books by Hill and Carnegie weren't influenced by the writing of Wallace D. Wattles.

To get value from The Science of Getting Rich, in my opinion, you need to read or listen (audio version) with an open mind and the understanding that it was written over a century ago.

I don't believe The Science of Getting Rich is a waste of time, not at all, but I wouldn't place it on a “must read” list unless the list was for people with very backward thinking. It is, however, a short and inexpensive (or free) read and most will certainly get some level of value from it.

I don’t want to get too critical about such a widely acclaimed classic as The Science of Getting Rich but I can’t wonder if the book still holds the same value now as it once did. Published in 1910 (yes, I said 1910), Wallace D. Wattles was way ahead of his time when he wrote about overcoming poor thinking (my words). Most people today would consider the lessons taught in this classic book as “new age” thinking yet it was written well over a hundred years ago. That fact alone gives The Science of Getting Rich the right to sit on my bookshelf.

With that said, The Science of Getting Rich is completely based on Wallace D. Wattles’ idea that a “Certain Way of Thinking” is the primary tool needed to become rich. While I’m not qualified to argue that point, and wouldn’t if I were qualified, the book if chock full of philosophy and thought with very little method to apply.

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
~ Wallace D. Wattles

Chapters / Detail

Chapters of The Science of Getting Rich
Chapter 1: The Right To Be Rich
Chapter 2: There Is A Science of Getting Rich
Chapter 3: Is Opportunity Monopolized?
Chapter 4: The First Principle in The Science of Getting Rich
Chapter 5: Increasing Life
Chapter 6: How Riches Come To You
Chapter 7: Gratitude
Chapter 8: Thinking in The Certain Way
Chapter 9: How To Use The Will
Chapter 10: Further Use of The Will
Chapter 11: Acting in The Certain Way
Chapter 12: Efficient Action
Chapter 13: Getting Into The Right Business
Chapter 14: The Impression of Increase
Chapter 15: The Advancing Personality
Chapter 16: Some Cautions and Concluding Observations
Chapter 17: A Summary of The Science of Getting Rich

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