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Should we take Wallace Wattles’ personal development classic “The Science of Getting Rich” seriously, or is it full of wild blueberry muffins?

Wallace D. WattlesStart See this guy? Kind of makes you think of Ichabod Crane, doesn’t he?

His name is Wallace D. Wattles, and he’s the author of a New Thought/personal development classic, The Science of Getting Rich.

He was a student of the New Thought Movement, the movement that produced the Church of Religious Science (not to be confused with Scientology) and the Unity School of Christianity, and became one of its voices, sharing some of the same concepts in his writings.

If you do even a brief internet search, you will find the entire text of The Science of Getting Rich (which has long since passed into the public domain) published on several websites (such as this one) and available as a free promotional ebook and audiobook by at least one personal development writer/coach. Having seen this book touted by many, I started into it, but a few pages in I thought I’d ask a friend I knew that was familiar with the material if he felt it had any validity.

This friend is Lyman Reed. He lives in the L.A. area, he’s been blogging on personal development topics for quite some time, and he and I have been aware of each other for about three years. I’ve never met Lyman in the flesh, but somehow something “clicked” early on, and we’ve developed a bond I suspect will last for many years to come.

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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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