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"There is a Science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty." - Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

Over thirty years ago, while still a teenager, I decided that I wanted to be rich, healthy, and successful. Although I hadn't a clue as to how to achieve those goals, I knew there must be a way - a system I could follow that would lead me directly to those goals.

So at the ripe old age of sixteen I started reading books, listening to audio programs, and attending seminars about wealth, health, and success. Since then I've read hundreds of books, listened to thousands of hours of audio programs, and attended dozens of seminars on how to get rich, how to be healthy, and how to become successful.

Some of these books, audio programs, and seminars were helpful, providing bits and pieces of the puzzle. Most proved to be absolutely worthless.

None of them provided what I was really looking for - a complete, simple, practical, easy-to-understand, step-by-step system for getting rich, being healthy, and becoming successful.

Quite frankly, after nearly thirty years of study, I had very little to show for it. I was working hard, very hard, yet struggling financially. I was grossly overweight and my health was starting to falter. And, I was anything but successful.

Strangely enough, the more books I read, the more audio programs I listened to, and the more seminars I attended, the worse my life seemed to get.

Frustrated and discouraged, I had just about given up my quest for such a system. Then one day, just a few short years ago, I found a little book published in 1910, with a title that immediately caught my attention -The Science of Getting Rich - by Wallace D. Wattles.

As I began to read it, that little voice inside of me said, "This is it. This is exactly what you've been looking for. Here is the system that you've been seeking."

"Well, here's the financial part of it anyway," I thought to myself.

Then I came across a passage in the book where Mr. Wattles referred to "the true science of abundant life" consisting of "the science of getting rich, together with the allied sciences of being well, of being great..."

I almost couldn't believe it. "Could it be?" I asked myself, "Could it really be that he wrote books on these subjects as well?"

Sure enough, after some research, I discovered that he also wrote The Science of Being Well and The Science of Being Great.*

Although they weren't easy to find, I managed to get copies of both and began reading them.

After I finished reading all three of these books, I knew for sure that this was what I had been searching for - a complete, simple, practical, easy-to-understand, step-by-step system for getting rich, being healthy, and becoming successful.

As I began to study and apply what Mr. Wattles wrote in these three books, my life began to change rather dramatically.

My failing business started turning around. My income increased. I was able to buy the first brand new car I'd ever owned. I went from renting a four-room apartment in a bad neighborhood to owning a seven-room home in a nice neighborhood. My excess weight came off and my health improved dramatically.

Things in general started going my way, and they continue to do so as I continue to study and apply Mr. Wattles' teachings.

These three books have had an absolutely profound effect on my life, as I know they will yours, and I take great pride and pleasure in sharing the first of them, The Science of Getting Rich, with you in this very special ebook.

The Science of Getting Rich ebook is divided into a Preface and seventeen chapters:

• Chapter 1 - The Right to Be Rich

• Chapter 2 - There is a Science of Getting Rich

• Chapter 3 - Is Opportunity Monopolized?

• Chapter 4 - The First Principle in the Science of Getting Rich

• Chapter 5 - Increasing Life

• Chapter 6 - How Riches Come to You

• Chapter 7 - Gratitude

• Chapter 8 - Thinking in the Certain Way

• Chapter 9 - How to Use the Will

• Chapter 10 - Further Use of the Will

• Chapter 11 - Acting in the Certain Way

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The Science of Getting Rich

• Chapter 12 - Efficient Action

• Chapter 13 - Getting into the Right Business

• Chapter 14 - The Impression of Increase

• Chapter 15 - The Advancing Man

• Chapter 16 - Some Cautions and Concluding Observations

• Chapter 17 - Summary of the Science of Getting Rich In addition there are five appendices:

• Appendix A - About Wallace D. Wattles

• Appendix B - Bibliographical Note

• Appendix C - How to Get the Most from this eBook

• Appendix D - Other eBooks by Wallace D. Wattles

• Appendix E - The Science of Winning Love

It's very easy to navigate through The Science of Getting Rich ebook...

At the left side of your screen, there is a small vertical panel labeled "Bookmarks". This is the table of contents for the ebook.

The bookmarks are arranged in a stepped fashion similar to the table of contents in a printed book.

There is one bookmark for the Preface, one for each of the seventeen chapters and one for each of the five appendices.

Under the bookmarks for Appendix C, there are additional bookmarks.

The chapter numbers and titles, or appendix letters and titles appear on each bookmark.

You can quickly and easily go to any chapter or appendix of The Science of Getting Rich ebook by clicking on the specific chapter number and title or appendix letter and title.

To the left of each chapter number and title and appendix letter and title there is a small icon (picture) resembling a page with a corner turned down.

At the left of one of these icons (the one for Appendix C) there is a small box with a "-" in it.

You can click on the "-" to close that particular bookmark section to make more room to see the other bookmarks. When you do this, you'll notice the "-" turns into a "+" and the section titles in that appendix disappear.

To reopen the bookmark for Appendix C, click on the "+" and it will change to a "-" as the section titles in that appendix reappear.

If you'd like to have more screen space available to display your ebook, you may close the bookmark panel by clicking on the tab on the left side of your screen labeled "Bookmarks".

To reopen the bookmark panel, simply click on the tab labeled "Bookmarks" again.

In addition, there are several options on the Adobe Reader toolbar and/or under the "View" menu from the Adobe Reader menu bar that you can click on to adjust the way your ebook is displayed on your screen. You may set them to whatever suits you.

For instance, you can zoom in to increase the size of the text showing on your monitor screen. You can also adjust the area of the screen which the page covers using the "Fit Width", "Actual Size", and "Fit Visible" options.

Don't be afraid to experiment to find out what works best for you. You won't damage your ebook with any of the adjustments that you make from the Adobe Reader toolbar or "View" menu, and you can change the display settings at any time.

Adobe Reader comes with an extensive "Help" file - if you have questions about how to operate Adobe Reader or about any of its features - please click "Help" on the Adobe Reader menu bar and make the appropriate selection.

Although formatted for easier viewing as an ebook, The Science of Getting Rich ebook contains the entire, unedited text of the original edition.

Nothing has been left out. No words have been added or eliminated. None of the wording has been changed. Words that appeared in all capital letters or Italics in the original edition, appear the same way in this ebook. You will be reading this book exactly as it was originally published.

This Foreword, the Afterword and the five Appendices were added to help you get the most from this book and did not appear in the original edition.

While this ebook is optimized for viewing on screen, it may be printed out and assembled in booklet form. Because it is optimized for screen viewing, it has larger than normal type when printed.

Before you begin to study and apply Mr. Wattles' teachings, I suggest you start by reading the Preface and all seventeen chapters of The Science of Getting Rich ebook in the order in which they are presented.

The purpose of reading through the Preface and all seventeen chapters first is twofold:

1. To familiarize yourself with the contents of the book.

2. To get an overview of Mr. Wattles' entire philosophy.

The importance of this first reading will become readily apparent to you, once you begin to study and apply Mr. Wattles' philosophy to your life.

During your first reading of the Preface and the seventeen chapters:

• Don't try to absorb, study, or apply the material... Just read it!

• Don't be concerned if you don't quite understand something... Just keep reading!

• Don't get hung up on any one word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, idea, or concept... Just keep reading!

• Don't worry about how long it takes you to read through this book... Just keep reading!

And, read this book with an open mind....

Let me warn you ahead of time, as you begin reading this book, some or much of what you read will challenge your present thinking or long held beliefs.

It certainly did mine!

What should you do when that happens?

You've got it...

Just keep reading!

You see, much of what you read in this book will be contrary to what you may have read or heard before, and your initial reaction may be to reject these new ideas.

But, I can assure you that as you continue reading, it will all start to make sense and you'll soon begin to see just how all the pieces fit together to form a complete, simple, practical, easy-to-understand, step-by-step system for getting rich.

After you've finished reading this book once, then you can go back and begin to study and apply the material. To help you do that, I've included a suggested study plan in Appendix C.

Once you begin to study and apply this material, your life will begin to change. You'll experience results far beyond that which you may have ever thought possible.

Before you begin, I'd like to bring two important points to your attention:

First, Wallace D. Wattles wrote this book in the style of his time, frequently using the masculine gender to represent all people. Mr. Wattles makes it very clear in his writings that the principles of which he writes apply equally to men and women. I suggest that you view the masculine terminology in a generic manner.

Second, Mr. Wattles was a Christian. As such, he uses quotations and examples from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. As you read this book, you will quickly discover that his aim is not to covert you to his religion. He uses these quotations and examples to illustrate Universal Laws that are at work in our lives. These Universal Laws apply to each of us, just like the law of gravity does, regardless of your religion, if any.

Although The Science of Getting Rich was first published over ninety years ago, the scientific principles and the detailed plans of action put forth by Wallace D. Wattles are as valuable today as they were then. Mr. Wattles wrote the truth. Truth is still truth. What was true then is still true today. Truth doesn't change with the passing of time.

I take great pride and pleasure in sharing this book with you, and I sincerely hope that you find in this book what I and so many others have been enjoying as a result of reading it, studying it and applying its timeless principles!


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