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Wallace D. Wattles

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    To live a full life, you must nurture your mind, body and soul, and this requires material wealth.

    Just about everyone wants to be rich. People who don’t have money want to acquire it and people who do have it worry about losing it.

    There are those who might try to put this desire for wealth in a bad light, but, actually, it’s only natural.

    The three core components of your life are your mind, body and soul, and to live a successful, happy life, you need to nurture them equally, which requires certain material goods.

    For instance, you can’t fully celebrate your body if you can’t afford good food, comfortable clothing and a safe, cozy place to sleep.

    Similarly, you can’t enjoy your mind without books, education and other intellectual stimulation.

    And, finally, you can’t celebrate your soul without love and the means to show love to others. This last one may seem odd, but here’s the fact of the matter: love is most often demonstrated by a desire to give material gifts. In other words, someone with nothing to give can’t enjoy love or relationships to their fullest potential.

    So how can you get rich enough to nurture these three aspects of your life?

    Well, first of all, you should know that, contrary to what many think, people don’t become rich just because they were born to rich parents or with great talents, but because they behave in a certain way that is conducive to accumulating wealth.

    Another common misconception is that not everyone can be rich because there’s only finite amount of riches in the world. According to the author, everything in the world is composed of the so-called Original Substance. The different elements we see in nature are just different manifestations of it. Luckily for us, the Substance is always regenerating, meaning that our natural resources will never run out.

    So with this abundance in mind, it’s only natural for humans to want to acquire and experience more things.

    This also means that nobody is poor because of any inherent dearth of resources, but rather because they don’t understand their power and the inexhaustible riches within their reach. Simply put, you and every other person has the right to be rich because you’re a part of nature, which abounds with riches.

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    What is The Science of Getting Rich about?

    The Science of Getting Rich (1910) is a self-help classic, where the author presents his guide for attaining a life of abundance. These blinks explain how to use directed thinking to attract opportunity and opulence while accomplishing anything you want.

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    The mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.

    — Wallace D. Wattles
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    Who should read The Science of Getting Rich?

    • Readers interested in an early self-help classic
    • People who think becoming rich is morally wrong

    About the Author

    Wallace D. Wattles was a writer and thinker within the New Thought movement, a philosophical approach to life that presumes God is in everything, including all human beings. His other books include The Science of Being Well and The Science of Being Great.

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