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    Lyman Reed, long-time blogger and equally long-time student of the subject of personal development, kicks off a discussion on a personal development classic.

Personal Development in the Real World

    Start: June 28, 2012: Back in 2010, my friend and self-professed reformed personal development junkie Lyman Reed kicked off a dialogue between us on his blog, titled at the time Personal Development in the Real World. Lyman has gone through phases with his blogging (I think I’ve gone through, oh, maybe a dozen or so) and this version of his blog (along with the kick-off article) can only be found after a bit of searching through With Lyman’s permission, I’ve reposted the article here, backdating it to October 5, 2010, his original publication date.
    Take it away, Lyman.

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Wallace WattlesThe other day, my friend Daniel Brenton emailed me the following question on The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles (yes, I got his permission before posting the question):

Lyman –

I’m starting to read The Science of Getting Rich. You’ve gone through a lot of changes lately — what do you think of this material now? Is this “real world?”

– Daniel

After being flooded with memories of the past few years of thinking that Wallace’s word was as close to scripture as one could get without actually being in an official holy book, I responded (unedited, except for formatting):
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