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The Science of Being Great: The Practical Guide to a Life of Power Paperback – August 16, 2007
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Born in 1860 in the United States, Wallace D. Wattles popularized New Thought principles in his ground-breaking classics The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Great, and The Science of Being Well. A great influence on future generations of success writers, he died in 1911.
The core of Wattles's 1911 book is expressed in the first five minutes of this charming audio. He says that in our own way and at this time in history, each of us has the power to rise above our circumstances and limitations and achieve any kind of life we desire. Though written when many people feared God, the book promotes a more affirming and secure spiritual connection that has an optimistic tone of possibility. Narrator Eliza Foss demonstrates a solid connection with this material and an interesting yet still natural-sounding array of tone and pacing variations. Even more impressive is that her outsized talent does not divert attention from the power of Wattles's timeless message. Essential listening for anyone limited by humbleness or low self-esteem. T.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“Genius is the union of man and God in the acts of the soul. Great men are always greater than their deeds. They are in connection with a reserve power that is without limit.”
“Faith—not a faith in one’s self or in one’s own powers but faith in principle; in the Something Great which upholds right, and which may be relied upon to give us the victory in due time. Without this faith it is not possible for anyone to rise to real greatness.”
~ Wallace D. Wattles from The Science of Being Great
I love Wallace D. Wattles. :)
Although relatively obscure, Wattles is one of the big influences in the New Thought movement. You might’ve read his popular The Science of Getting Rich, (influenced the peeps behind the movie The Secret quite a bit) but my hunch is you’ve probably never heard of The Science of Being Great. (Also known as How to be a Genius.)
Seeing that I’m giving myself a Ph.D. in Optimal Living with a Specialization in Greatness and Bliss (and Enthusiasm and all things good), I figured I should rock the PhilosophersNote on it.
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. God & Greatness - It’s not from your teachers.
2. God’s Thoughts - Become a mind reader.
3. A Great Advancing Soul - (That’s you!)
4. Our Fears - Get above them!
5. Obey Your Soul - Always.
Here’s to rockin’ our Greatness and enjoying the whole process,
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The book is written beautifully and the concepts proposed are timeless. It is a true classic that every aspiring individual should have in his library, and reread from time to time.