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3.0 out of 5 stars More spiritual philosphy than hard science, 19 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Science of Getting Rich: The Original Classic (Hardcover)
What you need to know first about this book, is that despite its contemporary front cover its basically an early 20th century text. Granted few of the principles have changed but the writing style may put some people off particularly the religous references which were part of the common American culture of the time more so than today. The book itself isn't preachy, indeed it opposes the centuries held notion that to be "pure" requires poverty and sacrifice. So someone who is having issues with their faith and business interests conflicting will find this a superb read.

For others however, especially those who are looking to make some cash (lets face it - thats most of us!), this book is probably not the best investment. Look instead towards The Richest Man in Babylon, a vastly older text but one that is 100 times as practical. The science on the other hand is more focused on adjusting your way of thinking to invoke the Law of Attraction which is a concept so overly used in self help books its rapidly losing its potency due to the sheer number of scam authors trying to cash in on it. Yes; by thinking positiviely, you will move ahead faster and further but thats hardly enough. I mean I could visualise a bar of gold all I want, but it ain't gonna just fall in my lap without years of applied effort. Its human nature so seek out an easy fix to rapid sucess which this book, does to some extent (though not as much as others I won't name) monopolise upon.

My two cents guys: Buy this if you fancy a new perspective on wealth and poverty but don't be duped into thinking there's some secret within to unlock magical forces that underline the fabric of the universe > There ain't. Not in ANY book. I know people who have transformed their lives from loser/tramp to superstar but in every case it has taken years of hard, smart and focused work. Sitting on your backside pondering should take up no more that 5 mins of your time each day.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2012 16:32:34 GMT
Only 5 minutes a day pondering? My friend, you are undermining the importance of ideas.

Excellent review! I agree completely and you've inspired me to purchase The Richest Man in Babylon.
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