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Was Wallace D. Wattles Successful?

Recently, a reader wrote:

"Hello Tony,

I really enjoy reading your blog, and I also get inspired by reading the writings of Wallace D. Wattles, and the reason I have not bought more of your Kindle writings is because I have this thing in my head that says if all this that he wrote is fact, how come he appeared to have so little success in his own life?

Thank you for your time, and hopefully you can provide me with some clearing advice.

Kind regards."

To which I replied:

"Hi <name deleted>,

I'm glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog and are inspired by Mr. Wattles' writings.

Unfortunately, time doesn't permit my answering other than support related questions by email; however, I'll do my best to answer your question in an upcoming blog post at

Stay tuned!


P.S. It may be several months before I get to it as I've got a number of other reader questions that I've committed to answering first. However, I will get to it. In the meantime, if you'd like a quick answer, which I may end up largely referring to in my answer anyway, I refer you to"

Well, I've finally gotten to it, and, in the time it's taken me to do so, I've given a lot of thought to how I'd answer it.

At first, I was going to define success as Mr. Wattles defined it (a definition that I like and agree with) and provide some examples of how Mr. Wattles met that definition of success. In other words, I was going to counter your assertion that "he appeared to have so little success in his own life".

However, the more I thought about it, the more I went back to when I first read The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, which was my introduction to Mr. Wattles' writings. From the very moment I started reading that book, it made perfect sense to me, and I knew, absolutely knew, deep down in the pit of my gut, that this was it, that these were the answers that I'd been looking for my entire life. So, I simply started doing what he said to do and, long story short, my life changed, and it changed dramatically, in a relatively short period of time.

I never, even for a moment, questioned Mr. Wattles success or lack of success. I never, even for a moment, questioned whether or not Mr. Wattles got rich following his own philosophy. I never wasted one moment of my time searching on Google for things like "wallace wattles net worth" or "wallace d wattles net worth". I simply did what Mr. Wattles said to do, and I got results, big-time results!

Now, every once in a while, someone will say something like this to me:

"Yeah Tony, but what if this is all just a total crock of s--t?"

My answer is always the same:

What if it is? The fact is that I've made more progress, far more progress, following Mr. Wattles' simple philosophy of thought and action than doing what I was doing before, so does it really matter? I think not. Positive results were what I wanted, and positive results were what I got.

So, here's my "clearing advice":

Stop concerning yourself with this, that, and the other, and start concerning yourself with doing what Mr. Wattles said to do.

If you need some help in that regard, I highly recommend that you read my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide. In them, I lay out the exact system that I extracted from The Science of Getting Rich and some of Mr. Wattles' other writings that I followed to make more progress, financially and otherwise, in just a couple of years than I did in the previous thirty years combined. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

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There are two other reader questions that I've been asked recently, both of which tend to come up from time to time, that I want to address or, as the case may be, readdress today.

First, in reference to a chapter in my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide, one reader wrote:

"Hi Tony,

I am currently reading your book 'quick start guide' and am thinking intensely about the competition idea:

My favorite sports to watch and participate in are mma/Brazilian jiu-jitsu. On a superficial level it seems to be the most competitive sport one could think of: for a fighter to win a contest he needs the other one to lose. On a deeper level I have to say, I feel my opponents/training partners are my partners in my evolution and we are helping each other sharpening our tools, skills and perception.

Do you know of any thoughts Wallace directly had concerning sports? Have you ever shared your thoughts on this topic?

Wishing you health wealth and success."

This post here on my blog should answer your question:

Second, in reference to Lesson 2 of my free Wallace D. Wattles minicourse (the Constructive Science Minicourse), another reader wrote:

"This is incredible content. Have you discovered other writers?"

If it's such incredible content, why would I have been looking for other writers?

Let me share something with you, something that changed my life for the better...

In The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles wrote:

"Others still are poor because, while they have some notion of science, they have become so swamped and lost in the maze of metaphysical and occult theories that they do not know which road to take. They try a mixture of many systems and fail in all. For these, again, the very best thing to do is to show the right way in your own person and practice; an ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

You can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get rich by the creative method, and not by the competitive one.

Another thing. We assert that this book gives in detail the principles of the science of getting rich; and if that is true, you do not need to read any other book upon the subject. This may sound narrow and egotistical, but consider: there is no more scientific method of computation in mathematics than by addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; no other method is possible. There can be but one shortest distance between two points. There is only one way to think scientifically, and that is to think in the way that leads by the most direct and simple route to the goal. No man has yet formulated a briefer or less complex 'system' than the one set forth herein; it has been stripped of all non-essentials. When you commence on this, lay all others aside; put them out of your mind altogether.

Read this book every day; keep it with you; commit it to memory, and do not think about other 'systems' and theories. If you do, you will begin to have doubts, and to be uncertain and wavering in your thought; and then you will begin to make failures.

After you have made good and become rich, you may study other systems as much as you please; but until you are quite sure that you have gained what you want, do not read anything on this line but this book, unless it be the authors mentioned in the Preface."

Up until I read those words for the first time, that described me to a t. I had tried a mixture of many systems (many, many, many systems), and I had failed in them all. Right then and there, I made a commitment to myself to stick to one writer and one system until I had "made good", as Mr. Wattles so nicely put it, and guess what? After a life of one failure after another, it wasn't all that long before I did make good!

So, that's my advice to you. Stop looking for more writers to read and more systems to follow, and, instead, stick to one writer and one system until you've "made good." If you'd like a track to run on for Wallace D. Wattles' writings and his system, I suggest you read my Which of Your Books Should I Read? post, which you'll find at:

Related Pages:

How Wallace D. Wattles Got Rich and How You Can Too!

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Wallace D. Wattles Readers Make and How to Avoid Them

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start & Advanced Vision Bundle

Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide

Related Posts:

What About Competition in Sports?

What Is Success?

Which of Your Books Should I Read?


Constructive Science Minicourse

Tony Mase


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Tony Mase

When writing about constructive/destructive action, Mr. Wattles once used the example of building a structure. Some, if not most, folks out there spend their entire lives reading, listening to, and/or watching conflicting instructions on how to build structures, and buying tons of mismatched tools, equipment, supplies, and materials for doing so, yet never seem to get on with the activity of building the structure. Even worse, some, if not most, never even decide what kind of structure it is they want to build, they just keep accumulating stuff to build "something". My advice? Don't you be one of them!

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