Wallace Wattles - Give Value in Excess

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Lesson 04 - Wallace Wattles - Give  Value in Excess


Born in Indiana to a gardener and house-keeper, and raised spending most of his life in Illinois, our earliest record of Wattles' life is that of a farm laborer - a hired hand. Probably the most "uneducated" of all the authors we cover here, he nevertheless was able to transition from a poor and austere background to a well-paid author and a comfortable existence for himself and his family by the time he died at age 51.

Lacking academic papers didn't stop him from studying everything he could in the areas of self-help and personal development. Visiting nearby Chicago, he attended various lectures and communed with New Thought authors and publishers. He was known to have studied Hegel and Emerson as well as other authors who are included under the wide New Thought umbrella.

Also consistent with our other authors is that he lived what he wrote. And would test out his own theories before he wrote about them. But as he wrote, he only told people to test his writings in their own lyves, not to take his word as an authority.

I've often referred people simply to the summary of his "Science of Getting Rich."  If you memorize this - or even keep a card with this printed on it at your desk or with you - it will give you the key points of his book and as well remind you the simplicities of how to live a very rich life.

As we go through these books - and I do encourage you to study each of these authors - you may find, as I did, how these authors keep starting to say the same things over and over. They speak in different voices, different words, but the underlying concepts are nearly identical.

"THERE IS A THINKING STUFF FROM WHICH ALL THINGS ARE MADE, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the inter-spaces of the universe."

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. Otherwise he cannot be in harmony with formless intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

A person may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him.

A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become, and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the Supreme that all his desires are granted to him.

The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial and social order.  What he wants will come to him through the ways of established trade and commerce.

In order to receive his own when it is ready to come to him, a person must be in action in a way that causes him to more than fill his present place. He must hold the advancing thought so that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes into contact.

The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich, and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.

Boil this all down, and you get to the same ideas which Carnegie, Hill, and Haanel - plus the other authors later in this book - all hold as vital:

To the extent that you consider you can change and control what you think and what you would like to have show up around you - it is exactly to that extent, plus your faith in yourself, that your world will change.

So, if you haven't guessed already, it's entirely up to you to change the world you live in.



In this week, we are further expanding our plans in order to accomplish, attain, or acquire our Burning Desire.  You've now set up a daily set of time periods where you can review your goal and the planning you have created to attain that.

We've also added to your understanding of how this universe works, so that you can use whatever additional tools to improve your daily efficiency toward attaining that goal.

Today, we will augment your understanding, by examining Wattles' Summary and seeing if this doesn't increase your abilities.

1.  Taking each paragraph from the Summary, find examples in your life and the world around you which either prove or disprove the truth of what Wattles said here.

Again, take the time to do this fully in order to verify these data as true for you or not. The key point here is that you need to be able to work on data that you have complete faith in. Only by discovering your own truth will you be able to progress at any speed toward your goal.

2. Next, update your plan. Taking each point of Wattles' Summary, review the various points of your plan, step-by-step, to see if it can't be improved.

What we are looking for here is to see if the steps you are taking can be made more efficient, saving you time and allowing your goal to manifest in the world around you even faster.

So do this very exactly. You could even check off each point as you've studied it and compared it to each point of your plan.

If you need more clarification of any point Wattles talks of, get a version of his book, “The Science of Getting Rich”. Nearly every paragraph has it's own chapter in his book, which gives more examples.  

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