Wallace Wattles was born in Illinois in 1860. As a young man he worked as a farm labourer.
Although little is known of much of his life what is apparent is that he had a talent for attracting failure.
In his early life he went from failure to failure, that is until in his latter years after much study and experimentation he managed to formulate new principles of thought for himself.
He began to put these New Thought principles into practice in his own life through the use of creative visualization.
He wrote books detailing these principles for other people to copy. His daughter Florence claimed that in his latter years, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful life."
Wattles wrote a huge amount of articles on these principles and the New Thought magazine, Nautilus, published many of them often on a weekly basis.
Wattles was very keen that his readers test his theories on themselves rather than just take his word for their success, as he had tested his claims on himself and others before ever publishing them.
Wattles was not only an author but a devout Christian whilst also being a Socialist. Two of Wattles books, A New Christ and Jesus, and The Man and His Work both dealt with Christianity from a Socialist perspective.
In the election of 1908, Wattles ran as a Socialist Party of America candidate in the Eighth Congressional District, and in 1910 he ran as a Socialist candidate for the office of Prosecuting Attorney for the Madison County, Indiana 50th court district. The records show that he did not win either of these elections.
In 1910 Wattles wrote his hugely successfull book The Science of Getting Rich in which he details all the processes and techniques on how to become rich.
Wattles claimed his book is, "Intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophise afterward. It is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a lot of theory. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want prosperous results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action."
"Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. You cannot rise to your greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless you have plenty of money. For to unfold your soul and to develop talent you must have many things to use, and you cannot have these things unless you have money with which to buy them."
Wallace Wattles died in Indiana in 1911, but his books continue to influence and inspire all who read them.
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Self Help Books by Wallace Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich
The Science of Becoming Excellent
The Science of Well-Being
Health Through New Thought And Fasting
How To Be A Genius Or The Science Of Being Great
Financial Success: Harnessing the Power of Creative Thought