on 9 July 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, well structured, and very content-rich.
The author has cleverly taken Wattles' original process for the creation and attainment of material wealth, and broken it down into the most fundamental principles, necessary for understanding and putting into practice this very precise 'science'.
Each short chapter is headed by a different principle in Wattles' own language, such as 'A seed, dropped into the ground, springs into activity, and in the act of living produces a hundred more seeds; life, by living, multiplies itself'. The chapter then goes on to explain this core principle, using many modern and relevant examples. In the case of the principle above, the author highlights the fact that in order to attract more abundance to us, we must first give more: all our activities must be geared towards the increase of life and its expression - in ourselves and in others. In this particular case, the story of Bill Gates is discussed.
Each chapter then ends with a suggestion as to how we can apply the core principle in our lives, followed by a great quote to inspire the reader!
I have been recommending this book to all my friends who are interested in personal growth, self-mastery, and making a positive contribution to the world - whilst enjoying abundance in the process! The underlying concept to all Wattles' teachings, of course, is that our thoughts create our reality. Thus, we must stay focused on our goals, positive and healthy desires, and increased expression of life (which is what true wealth allows) - whilst minimising or eliminating all things, situations and people who are negative or who conflict with our aims.
I would recommend reading Wattles' original work too, to get a broader feel of his teachings. (Look for the same title - many free versions for Kindle). What all of this does is to highlight, very nicely, the truth in the fact that the wealthier we become as individuals, the more great things we can do in the world to benefit others. The myth that we have to be poor and possessionless to be 'spiritual' or to reach our personal potential is shown to hold no valid substance. Thus, it is not only your right to be rich - but also your DUTY!