The science of getting rich

Before Law of Attraction gurus Abraham-Hicks and Napoleon Hill, there was Wallace D. Wattles. ┬áIf you’ve never heard of him or his success classic The Science of Getting Rich, you’re depriving yourself of a good, practical description of how the Law of Attraction works. The best thing about having different people share their unique approaches to the same practice is that invariably you’ll find someone to learn from who thinks the way you do. I recently spoke with an LOA practitioner who complained that she couldn’t find a way to share the Law of Attraction with her father and brother who were both too logic-oriented to consider the innate wisdom that thoughts become things.

However, there’s an approach for everyone. Both The Science of Getting Rich and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich put the Law of Attraction in a logical, business-oriented context. The target audience of both of these books is men; there are a couple of passages in each that could be deemed outright sexist, but the message and the practical advice is excellent and well worth the read.


The Science of Getting Rich is a short read – you can get through it in a day. The concepts aren’t new to LOA practitioners, but it’s the way that Wattles describes them that pack a punch. One of the parts of the book that I found particularly helpful was his description of the importance of focusing on the outcome you want without detesting the place you currently are in. For example, say you hate your job and you want to manifest a better career opportunity. If you’re dreading your present reality and spending your thoughts and energy focusing on how bad your current situation is, you’re going to attract more of that current situation. A lot of LOA practitioners have a tough time balancing the expectation of the better future with their unhappiness in the present.Wattles has a good way of helping you maneuver through that tricky situation. He says that it is important to pave the way with thoughts and expectations of the future you’re trying to create. However, you have to perform in the present, in whatever situation you’re currently in, to the best of your ability, in order to meet your approaching new reality with a vibration that is able to receive it.

One of the fastest ways to get things to change is to accept them the way they are. But not acceptance in a frustrated, ‘I give up and hate the world, kind of way,’ (though that type of frustration can also speed up manifestation) but in a ‘I want this, but I’m happy with what I have now too,’ kind of way. By performing to the best of your ability in today’s reality yet continuing to paint the picture of the future you’re attracting, you’re able to attract success, Wattles says.

He also talks about how gratitude speeds things up. Ever thought of giving thanks before the thing you want shows up? Give it a try in prayer and see how powerful that can be.

The Science of Getting Rich focuses on using the Law of Attraction to attract riches, but the concepts can apply to anything, whether you’re trying to attract a new job, a new house or a new love. If you’re looking for an addition to your Law of Attraction bookshelf, don’t overlook this classic, which comes in both a print edition and an audiobook.

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