Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Wallace D. Wattles opens his book "The Science of Getting Rich" with this statement: "Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is impossible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich."

If there ever was a way to start a book with a bombshell statement, this has to be it! I am sure we feel we are living very successful lives. By and large we are comfortable, have a decent home in a decent neighbourhood, and are bringing in enough money to keep body and soul together.

But to open a book and be told, in the very first sentence, that we cannot live a complete or successful life unless we are rolling in greenbacks must certainly make us sit up and take notice.

Yes, Wallace, you have my attention!

What is it to "live a really complete life"? It is to rise to your fullest possible height in mind, soul and body. And, it is to have all the things you can possibly use in doing so.

Now I am willing to bet that you do not have all the things you could possibly use in this life to make it better. I think we are all trying to do more, to earn more, to live better.

And these desires we have are more than wishful thinking. As Wattles says, "The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfilment; every desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action. It is power seeking to manifest which causes desire."

If you have no desire to do more, to be more, and to live more you are probably dead. Truly!

That first sentence, alone, is rich with meaning and worthy of detailed thought and examination. And the rest of the book is exactly the same. Bob Proctor claims he has been studying the book for forty years and still gains new, meaningful material for his powerful seminars from it. And so it is.

We, too, would do well to follow Bob Proctor’s example and make the study of this little, sixty page, book a daily exercise.

Copies of Wattles' book can be had through The Life Abundant.

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