Wallace D. Wattles (1860-1911) is a pioneer success writer whose best known work, The Science of Getting Rich was published in 1910.
This is the book that inspired the hit, The Secret. It is a mental and spiritual approach on how to attain wealth. Without guilt. In fact, this prosperity classic states that those without riches should be the ones to feel guilty as they are not living up to their potential as Thinking Beings.
"Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. You cannot rise to your greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless you have plenty of money. For to unfold your soul and to develop talent you must have many things to use, and you cannot have these things unless you have money with which to buy them."
Not much is known about the life of Wallace Wattles. Born in the US shortly after the civil war, he was plagued by a series of failures in his earlier years. His life was cursed by poverty and the fear of poverty. As a result, he spent his days scheming and planning for the abundant life he desired for himself and his family.
He began studying various philosophies and religious beliefs, including the works of:
Through his studies, he developed the principles of new thought and began to practice them in his own life. He wrote books outlining his amazing discoveries and exercised creative visualization techniques.
According to his daughter Florence, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful life."
Until the day he died, he worked to realize his glorious dreams. In practical terms, The Science of Getting Rich asks readers to test the theories for themselves instead of blindly believing the words. Wattles explains that he has successfully used the methods outlined in his books.
According to Wattles, his book is, "Intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophise afterward. It is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a lot of theory. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want prosperous results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action."
In addition to The Science of Getting Rich, Wattles wrote
Although Wattles passed away soon after writing The Science of Getting Rich, his words continue have a powerful effect.