Why Bother Getting Rich?

The Science of Getting Rich

That's a question the deeper-thinking person will sometimes ask. Probably a more commonly asked question is, “How can I get rich?” One hundred years ago a book was published that looked at both of these questions.

Wallace D. Wattles was a revolutionary thinker and author. After his death, his daughter Florence said, “He would form a mental picture or visual image and then would work actively toward the realization of this vision. He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page of his writing. His life was truly the powerful life.”

How can I get rich? Well, in The Science of Getting Rich, Wattles says that getting rich is an exact science just like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws that govern the process of acquiring riches. Once you learn and obey these laws, you will automatically be-come a member of that select group of people, and you will get rich with mathematical certainty.





But why even bother getting rich in the first place? In traveling the world for close to two decades speaking on wealth, I have learned that many people have a huge mental block, aversion and even outright hatred towards wealth and riches. The motives and reasons vary greatly. Sometimes it springs from a fear of failure, envy or misunderstanding. In other cases this hatred of wealth is spawned from straight out laziness, complacency and at times even misguided religious zeal.

Wattles boldly and controversially states the importance of getting rich for each and every one of us. “You should give your best attention to the science of getting rich, because it is the noblest of all studies. If you neglect this, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, God and humanity. You can render God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.”

This small paragraph is one of the most powerful wealth statements ever written. If you take two to three minutes each day to meditate on this simple paragraph, it will stir you into extra-ordinary action. And a good way to start is by applying what Wallace Wattles himself did; form a mental picture or visual image, and then work actively toward the realization of this vision.

Best Wishes in Wealth,

Philip Judge


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