The book “The Science of Getting Rich” was written way back in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. It contains principles that we can still apply today to achieve success in our lives. These principles have not lost their relevance over the intervening years, and if you seek success, you will do well to adopt them and put them into practice.
1. Fulfilling your potential.
The acquisition of money is often seen as an act of greed. Avarice is not considered an admirable trait. Wallace D Wattles takes a different view of money and success.
He says that acquiring money does not have to be down to greed. Being successful and improving your lot in life enables you to fulfill your potential. Money is a part of this, and without it, you cannot do that. By realizing your potential, you are adding to the total good in the world.
2. Infinite opportunities.
Believe that anything is possible, and you will soon realize that there is no limit to the opportunities open to you. Dream of success, and once you have achieved it, then dream of even greater success.
3. Success comes from thinking and acting.
Once you have decided what your goals are, and you have a clear idea of how to achieve them, you will look at the world differently. Now, you will see opportunities where none were before. Act on those opportunities, and success will follow. Your self-belief will carry you through.
4. Don’t compete, create instead.
Be an innovator rather than a follower. Don’t compete with those who have already established themselves in a particular market. Create a new market for yourself. Competition is wasteful of resources and talent. New ideas and innovations add to the total wealth in the world,
5. Always give extra value.
Over delivering is giving a bit more than was expected. When you sell an item or a service, add a bit of extra value. You will soon get a reputation for giving good value and will gain more business as a result. Not only will you get more repeat business, but your good name will soon bring in extra new business.
6. Show gratitude.
Wattles stresses the importance of being grateful for what you have. He maintains that it is vital to be thankful for what you have achieved already, as it will boost your feeling of self-worth. Congratulate yourself on every achievement, and be grateful for the success you have. You will feel happier and more contented, and this will equip you for further success.
7. Do not be negative.
Avoid taking a negative approach to your life. Negativity is destructive and leads to failure. Life should be conducted positively. Believe that anything is possible, and you will find success comes that much more easily.
If negative thoughts creep in, deal with them immediately. While it is easy to convince yourself, you will fail, so the opposite is also true. Positive thoughts are easy to develop and will help you to succeed.
8. Use your abilities to the full.
We have all heard the phrase, “if a job’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing properly.” This means putting all of your abilities and effort into completing every task you tackle. Every job deserves your best effort. Complete every task – do not be tempted to leave anything half-done. Be efficient so that every job can be completed promptly.
The satisfaction you gain from doing a good, efficient job will be enormous. It will make you feel fulfilled and good about yourself. You will be happier.
9. Do not act in haste.
Aim to be methodical about every job you do, and take time to make sure it is done correctly. Hurrying to complete a job will lead to mistakes creeping in, and you will become stressed. Slow down if you are rushing. Working in a rush will not save you time if you make mistakes that then have to be corrected. By slowing down, fewer mistakes will be made, and the job will be completed sooner.
Achieving a good result leads you to appreciate the work you have done. This, in turn, will boost your confidence and you will feel good about yourself, and look forward to the next task eagerly.
10. Don’t worry about future obstacles.
It is not unusual for someone with clear aims and goals to worry about the future. The thought of what might go wrong can be a disincentive to even beginning a task. Banish the negative thoughts contained in worry. Replace them with clear plans and deal with obstacles as they occur.
Some obstacles you can anticipate, plan for, and deal with quickly and efficiently. Other obstacles will be unexpected. Don’t panic, but approach them methodically. You will have overcome obstacles before, so you know you can do it again. This all comes down to self-belief.
11. Don’t fear failure.
No-one likes to fail, and failure brings disappointment. Failure also leads to a loss of confidence and reluctance to act. Change your attitude towards failure to prevent it from affecting your approach to work. See failure as an opportunity to learn. Make failure positive by knowing why the failure occurred and then use that knowledge to avoid future failure.
The advice contained in “The Science of Getting Rich” provides simple guidance for achieving success in your chosen field. The messages are based on clear-headed common sense and show that we just need to believe in ourselves to achieve great things.