The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace Wattles

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Simplicity is exactly that – simple. But sometimes we think that if something is so simple, then the reward it gives can’t be that exciting. No pain, no gain right? I recently stumbled upon this audio book – the science of getting rich (circa 1903). Yes, it is about 100 years old. This is the same book Rhonda Byrne talks about in The Secret. The book that her daughter gave her and it changed her life. The audio book is without a doubt brilliant and extremely easy to understand (and practice) if done with awareness. I am going to describe few principles of the book, which can be easily practiced in our day to day life.

1. You owe it to yourself to be successful: Yes, being successful, having money, traveling the world, doing the work you love and buying everything you need, are all meant to happen, not just for you but for everybody. All it needs is clarity and steady movement in that direction. Being flaky, confused, and hyper only clouds the mind, the judgment and the universe. So have a vision and stick to it long enough for the process to begin and reap benefits. This doesn’t mean that there will be no setbacks, but it only means that each setback too is a step forward in the right direction. So choose your industry, vision, job, passion area and give it all. As long as it is not something as unconventional as selling ice-cream in the arctic, you will do fine.

2. Refrain from information overload: Yes, everyone is doing something wrong. The politicians, the industrialists, your parents, your boss and your dog. But the more you read about why there is lack of money, the farther it will take you from your desires. So it is ok to know about the latest scams and greedy Grinch, but don’t obsess over it, discuss it with everyone and think this is exactly why the economy is in dumps and I don’t stand a chance. David Karp (Tumblr ) and thousand others are succeeding in exactly the same global economy as you. We have more luxury brands than ever before, and as long as there is demand the supply will manifest (it has to). So don’t use corruption and defense budgets as your crutches to not take action in your life; someday you will have no one to blame but your regrets.

3. Drop the competition: And by competition, we mean comparison. Take inspiration, emulate even if you have to, to get that great feeling, but do not compete and compare. Comparison and competition only give rise to anguish and feelings of lack and resentment. Let other people’s good luck and positivity rub-off on you; let it not fill you with jealousy and antipathy. Being unhappy with yourself from time to time is still reasonable, but being unhappy for other people, is the lowest you can drop. The book also enunciates that showing off, blowing your own trumpet and bragging are all completely unnecessary. The good old saying about telling the time by taking out your pocket watch (only when asked what time it is), holds good here. People may be in different time zones, and may not be interested in knowing what time it is in your watch!

4. Gratitude: If you have a roof on your head, two decent meals to eat, a paying job and family that loves you, then start by thanking the universe for all that it has already bestowed upon you. How to switch the loaf of bread for sushi at an exotic restaurant is in your hands, now that you have given up on blame and laziness. Be thankful for technology, inventions, infrastructure and anything that you can think of that you are using and utilizing effortlessly (thanks to the government, inventors, your spouse, etc.).

In a nutshell, The Science of Getting Rich talks about the same principles, which have been described by many authors, speakers, philosophers and successful people. Be open to hearing the right messages from your intuition (from the body / mind / universal intelligence) and take steps in the right direction. The best you can do with your life is to reach your highest potential (in any area you may choose). World peace, a corruption-free society and overcoming world poverty can all be achieved by setting an example. I would like to end the article with an extremely important point stated by Wallace Wattles – “There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression.”

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