Six years into my own intellectual treasure hunt, I came across a 100 year old book that leave all the other success and self-help books in the dust!
The book that changed the life of Rhonda Byrne and eventually resulted to her writing of the book “The Secret” and the film “The Secret”.
This century old treasure arrived to her without searching for it, the secret book found its way to the author.
This secret book is more than 100 years old already and its already in the public domain. A lot of audiobook versions are available in Youtube. However there are only a few thousands who viewed it until now. This leads me to believe that to this point, the secret book is still relatively a secret to more than 7 billion human inhabitants of this planet.
Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret” book found its way to me mysteriously. One day I arrived in my office and found this beautiful red book on my desk. I turned a few pages and felt it was asking me to read it. Knowing the book is not mine, I asked all my colleagues in the office but no one knows who owns the book. The book stayed on my desk for several days until I got hooked and finished reading it. and read it again, and read it again.
“The Secret” really helped me change my life, physically, mentally and spiritually. It was sufficient enough to help me receive what I always wanted. A fantastic job, promotions, money, healthy body and fantastic relationships all arrived in ways I can’t explain. Simply Asked, Believed, and voila Received my hearts desires.
The book however made me ask a lot more questions that it triggered my own personal hunt for more resources, techniques, models and other signs that support the idea.
So I started my own intellectual treasure hunt. Seeking all possible sources, authors,books, biographies and the internet. Eventually I found a lot of books and authors and other sources along the way. But at this stage of my journey, one book, one author stands out from the rest.
Get rich first, philosophize later. the author explained.
“You don’t have to read another book” this author claims.
“Leave the competitive plain behind and move to the creative plain.”
“There’s enough riches more than you can ever imagine”
“Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich, for the science herein applied is an exact science, and FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE.”
Wallace Wattles wrote the book in 1910 and called it “The Science of Getting Rich”.
Many called it “The SOGR”. The theory is that there is an exact science in getting rich.
It’s a science as exact as 2+2= 4 and scientifically proven laws of nature. There are men and women who got rich by unconsciously doing what this science stipulates and there are those who got rich by exactly knowing how to think and act in a Certain Way.
Chapter One talks about every individual’s right to be rich.
The points that really hit me in this chapter are the following;
“The object of life is development, therefore everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining. Therefore man’s right to life is his right to free and unrestricted use of all things that may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual and physical unfoldment, or in other words, his right to be rich.”
“To be content with less is sinful”
“There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich.”
“The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is not normal.”
“A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he love; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The man who has nothing to give can not fill his place as a husband,as a father, as a citizen, or as a man.”
“You can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.”
Chapter Two is where the author explained in detail that there is a science in getting rich and that it is an exact science. And the people who think and act in a Certain Way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich.
The curious reader can also find the following gems among the golden array of knowledge the author wrote on ink.
“Any man or woman who learns to do things in this “Certain Way” will infallibly get rich.”
“Getting rich is not, primarily, a matter of environment.”
“It is not solely to the possession of talent, for many people who have great talent remain poor, while others who have got very little talent, get rich.”
“People who got rich are an average lot, in all respects, having no greater talent and abilities than other men.”
“Talented people get rich, blockheads get rich, intellectually brilliant people get rich, very stupid people get rich, very strong people get rich, and weak and sickly people get rich.”
“If anybody else in your town can get rich, SO CAN YOU.”
“No one is prevented from getting rich for lack of capital.”
“You may be the poorest man on the continent, and be deeply in debt; you may have neither friends, influence, nor resources; but if you begin to do things in this Certain Way, you must infallibly get rich. For like causes produce like effects.”
“One who has capital is already rich, and does not need to consider how so.”
Chapter 3 deals with the available opportunity for every one.
Opportunity is not monopolized, is the main message in this chapter.
The author showed great skill in identifying mature industries emerging industries that offer great opportunity. Having the privilege of being 100 years after he wrote “The Science Of Getting Rich”, today we can confirm the author’s knack of knowing that the electric rail road and the air transportation are huge essential industries of the future.
Wattles also emphasized important truths about opportunities.
The following are what really got me reading deep;
“At different periods, the tide of opportunity sets in different directions, according to the needs of the whole.”
“There is abundance of opportunity for the man who will go with the tide, instead of trying to swim against it.”
“Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which all things proceed”.
“The universe of forms has been made by Formless Living Substance, throwing itself into form in order to express itself more fully.”
“This resources of the formless supply are at the command of the man or woman who will act and think in a Certain Way.”
In Chapter 4 the Author starts explaining the principles of the science of getting rich.
I believe that the best way I can help the reader is not by explaining the principles here myself but by simply pointing to the direction where it already exist.
Here’s an audiobook version of the book. Happy listening. 🙂