The Science of Being Great by Wallace D. Wattles

This book was written almost 100 years ago, but it still inspires today. Wattles notes that, “When awakened, man becomes a son of the Highest and all power is given to him in heaven and on earth.” He notes you can become what you want to be by virtue of your thoughts.

He also explains that wisdom is the essential basis of greatness and that man can receive wisdom from God. He includes an entire chapter on a mental exercise that helps you to connect with God and thus realize your highest potential.

One concept I particularly liked is he says that to become “great,” you must start by doing small things in great ways. So he says to begin today to be great in your own home and office…in all relations, be just, generous, courteous and kind. When you begin to do even small things in a great way, you will eventually be able to do bigger things in a great way. Your habit of deliberately thinking and acting in the best way you know how will cause you to continually grow until you become a great person.

This is a very quick read, but a very inspiring one. I would recommend it to anyone who aspires to be a better person.

I loved this book. It is different from other books in this genre, in that it delineates from Carnegie and Rockerfeller, calling them selfish accumulators of wealth.

It also is very positive towards all people. It explains the need of humility and prayer, knowing God’s will. I loved this concept about the book that states that the world is in a state of perfection at any given moment. People no matter how bad are at the best versions they can be with the limited knowledge they have. The analogies and examples are perfect. The book is simple and fantastic.

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