The Science of Getting Rich
One of the first self-help books to hit the stands in 1910,
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles was path-breaking in its approach to the acquisition of wealth as a science. It went on to inspire a whole genre of “how to” books that generations of readers found informative, practical, and useful in their everyday lives. Its original title was The Science of Getting Rich or Financial Success through Creative Thought and in this volume, the author puts down in clear and concise language the step-by-step approach to wealth. The hypothesis underlying the concept is that every human being has the power to conceive, believe and achieve financial success using thought, willpower and visualization. However, he eschews competitive and unethical paths and shows the reader that great success can be attained in a cooperative and collaborative way.
Wallace D Wattles was a New Thought American writer. New Thought conceives that God is everywhere and that the basis of illness and misfortunes is basically in the mind. Wallace Wattles’ life remains relatively shrouded in obscurity. He was the son of a poor farmworker but went on to achieve great financial success and respect in his community. He died prematurely at the age of 51. He nursed dreams of running for office as a Social Democrat, but could not win an election. However, he was a living example of whatever he expounded in his books and enjoyed his life to the fullest.