The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles is a masterpiece written over 100 years ago and continues to be one of the most influential books on the Law of Attraction ever written.
The book is a short read, and I recommend that everyone read the book cover-to-cover multiple times, but in this post I wanted to just very quickly summarize the main points in the book.
Key Point #1 – You Have the Right To Be Rich
Nobody can live a full, successful life, where they are free to explore, engage and express their full potential unless they are rich.
Although we are spiritual beings, as humans we live in a physical universe and in a time on earth where money allows us to buy things and use things to help us express our potential.
All men and women have the right to freedom and to have true freedom you must be financially free, which means you must be rich.
Key Point #2 – Getting Rich is a Science
There is a science to getting rich.
People don’t get and stay rich by luck, or chance, or because of their environment, or because of their intellect or hard work, even though it may seem that way sometimes when you’re looking from the outside in.
There is a science to the process of getting rich, and anyone who follows the recipe to becoming rich exactly as taught will become rich.
Key Point #3 – Opportunity Is Never Monopolized
Your opportunity to get rich is unlimited and never monopolized.
Even if the current method of getting rich is exhausted and monopolized, a new method of getting rich will be invented and come into existence for people who follow the science of getting rich.
Key Point #4 – Thought is Power
All wealth and riches originate from thought.
Thought is power.
When thought is impressed upon the “Formless Substance”, the thing that is impressed upon the “Formless Substance” through thought comes into existence.
A thought cannot be impressed upon “Formless Substance” without causing that thing which was impressed to come into existence.
Key Point #5 – The Universe Wants to Increase and Express Life
The Universe is IN YOU and FOR YOU at all times.
There’s no Deity out there who wants you to be poor.
All of your desires to be, do and have anything and everything in life are actually also the desires of the Universe, and the Universe is always friendly and cooperative with it’s own desires.
To align yourself with the co-operation of the Universe we must simply engage in thinking from a co-operative point of view, instead of a competitive point of view.
Key Point #6 – How Riches Flow To You
Riches will most likely flow to you via “normal” means.
Meaning, a bag of money will most likely NOT materialize in front of you out of thin air.
Instead opportunities, situations, resources and people will flow into your life which you will take advantage of in a co-operative manner which will flow to you the riches you desire.
Key Point #7 – Practice Real Gratitude
To align yourself with the Universe and to effectively impress upon it the things that you desire, you must practice coming from a place of gratitude.
The vibration of gratitude is the closest thing to the vibration of creation, and when we practice gratitude, we are communicating with the Universe in the language that it understands.
Without gratitude you cannot impress your desire for riches on the Universe.
You cannot “trick” the Universe or “fake it till you make it” when it comes to gratitude. You must actually BE grateful in order to engage this part of the formula. Pretending to be grateful, when in fact you are not, won’t work.
Key Point #8 – Clarity Brings Power to Your Thinking
To manifest riches using the Law of Attraction, we must think in a certain way.
Thinking in this certain way involves getting crystal clear on exactly what we want.
The more clear and focused and connected we are with what we actually want, the faster we will manifest it in our lives.
Key Point #9 – Use Willpower on Yourself
You must learn to develop and use your willpower.
However, you must only use your willpower on yourself, not others.
To become rich you ONLY need to exercise your willpower on yourself.
Nobody else out there stop you from getting rich if you apply the power of your own willpower on yourself.
Key Point #10 – Focus Only on What You Want
You can’t impress an image of what you want onto the “Formless Substance” and cause the creation of that which you want by constantly thinking about and focusing on what you DON’T WANT.
Therefore, to get rich you must stop focusing on poverty, the causes of poverty, the study of poverty, or anything poverty related.
Stop thinking about and paying attention to things that are not related to you getting rich. Doing so distracts your thinking and will prevent you from becoming rich.
Key Point #11 – Act in That Certain Way
Through our thoughts we create that which we desire, and through our actions we receive it into our lives.
We must take inspired action at all times, in alignment with our vision and our desires.
When we take action we must keep in our mind the end result that we are trying to achieve.
If your thoughts are not clear and not aligned with what you want, no amount of action can ever make up for that misalignment.
Key Point #12 – Act Efficiently
It is not important how many things you do or get done, but rather the efficiency of each action that you take.
One action, done efficiently, in that certain way, with your full attention and focus on manifesting that which you desire is infinitely more powerful than 1,000 actions taken without proper alignment and clarity on what you want.
Key Point #13 – The Right Business
With few exceptions you can get rich in any line of business.
If you look around, there are people in virtually all types of businesses making money, and there are also people struggling in those same lines types of business.
If you are in the wrong business, you can get into the right type of business if you get your thinking clear and focused.
Key Point #14 – Impress Increase
The key desire of the Universe is one of “increase” and “growth”.
To align yourself with the Universe, always form the impression of “increase” and “growth” in your visualizations.
This will put your in alignment with the Universe / Formless Substance.
Key Point #15 – Advancing
Your primary desire is one of advancement and growth in your life.
This desire is in alignment with the Universe as well.
Seek to grow and advance as a person and a spiritual being.
Key Point #16 – Don’t Get Distracted
One of the key pitfalls of the science of getting rich is getting distracted and de-focused.
To become rich we must stop trying to change the people around us, our bosses, our friends, our families, our governments and the world.
They cannot stop us from becoming rich if we follow the science of getting rich.
However, if we allow ourselves to get distracted with all the things that are not “right” with the world, we will simply manifest MORE of those things.
Key Point #17 – Study the Summary Word for Word
This is the summary of The Science of Getting Rich as written by Wallace D. Wattles.
The entire science of getting rich is summarized in these words.
“THERE is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
Man can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
Man may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of Substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the Formless. Man can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the Formless Intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.
Man must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become; and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the Supreme that all his desires are granted to him. The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his Vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the Formless, and the creative forces set in motion.
The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial and social order. All that is included in his mental image will surely be brought to the man who follows the instructions given above, and whose faith does not waver. What he wants will come to him through the ways of established trade and commerce.
In order to receive his own when it shall come to him, man must be active; and this activity can only consist in more than filling his present place. He must keep in mind the Purpose to get rich through the realization of his mental image. And he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to do each act in a successful manner. He must give to every man a use value in excess of the cash value he receives, so that each transaction makes for more life; and he must so hold the Advancing Thought that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes in contact.
The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich; and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.