“It is really not the number of things you do,

but the EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.”

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (1910) is presented as a step-by-step guide to gaining prosperity. The full copy of the text attached here is courtesy of Rebecca Fine.

The language contained in The Science of Getting Rich, a classic among those who study this kind of thing,is of its time and some of the phrasing may seem old fashioned; however, it is an accessible work overall.

In the Preface, Wattles assures the reader that his slim volume is ‘a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories.’ He also adds that if the reader absorbs the knowledge presented, he or she ‘will certainly get rich, for the science herein applied is an exact science and failure is impossible.’


That got your attention, didn’t it? Same here. Anyway, the author begins by explaining why it is more than acceptable to want to be rich. This is because in doing so we are desiring a ‘fuller and more abundant life.’ More importantly, we can do and give more – thus improving the world and the lives of others.

Wattles demonstrates how getting rich (or staying poor) is ‘not a matter of environment.’ Nor is it down to talent, savings/capital or doing particular things. The key, he insists throughout, is ‘doing things in a certain way.’ Therefore, he asserts, this must be a scientific process if the result (getting rich) comes from doing things in this ‘certain way’ in example after example.

But money is bad, right? Rich people are greedy narcissists taking more than their fair share, yeah? The world is unfair; the downtrodden masses starve while the fat cats lap up the cream. Not according to Wattles. For him, ‘no one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all.’ Apparently, it’s all about swimming with the tide rather than against it. But how?


Wattles wants us to change the way we think about and approach life, money and poverty. His mission is for his readers to live ‘in harmony with the laws of the universe.’ One of these is, as many of you know, the Law of Attraction (like attracts like). If you’re sitting there thinking ‘Aha, more rainbows and unicorns bullshit,’ read on anyway. People were falling from great heights and dying from de-acceleration trauma long before gravity got its name – and they didn’t have to believe in that invisible law for it to work either. Just saying.

The central thread of The Science of Getting Rich is that in making the best of yourself (whatever your current situation), you can help others while being, doing or having anything you want. However, this journey involves creating not competing; it does not require cheating, tricking or taking anything away from anyone else but – my favourite – always giving more value than you take: ‘Then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.’


In a nutshell, The Science of Getting Rich emphasises the importance of changing our habitual modes of thinking. The whole process of adjustment and atunement revolves around being grateful for what you already have while focusing on what it is that you really want.

Wattles is a visionary who believes that everyone who gets results with this creative versus competitive process ‘opens a way for thousands to follow – and inspire them to do so.’ I think that is a pretty cool mission. I discovered this book while undergoing related training and development, working with peers and mentors, playing with ideas, learning new skills, and creating effective mindsets.

I write these reviews because being able to discuss techniques and strategies on how to attain more freedom and income – while inspiring others – has been central to my ability to create the lifestyle that I craved for so long. If that sounds interesting, check out this free video series.

As always, comments and conversation are welcome – you know what to do.

Thanks for dropping by.

 “The object of all life is development, and everything that lives has an unalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining” – Wallace D. Wattles (The Science of Getting Rich).