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