Being Rich Is Your Birthright
By Marelisa Fabrega

This is the first in a series of articles based on the teachings found in the success classic "The Science of Getting Rich", written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. This book-now in the public domain--is essential reading for anyone who wants to become wealthy.

In the preface, Mr. Wattles explains that the reader should accept the principles laid out in "The Science of Getting Rich" on faith, and then proceed to prove their truth by acting on them. He then cites the authorities from which he developed the science of getting rich.

First, he explains that the monistic theory of the universe, the theory that All-is-One and that this one substance manifests itself as the seemingly different elements of the material world, is of Hindu origin. In addition, it is the foundation of the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, and Emerson.

In the first chapter of his book, Mr. Wattles explains that a person's right to life means their right to develop in body, mind, and soul to their fullest potential. That is, the right to life isn't just about the right not to be harmed or to be deprived of liberty; instead, every person has an inalienable right to all the development they're capable of attaining.

Said development can only be accomplished through the use of things, and in order to become the possessor of things, a person must have money. Therefore, the right to life means the right to have money, or the right to be rich. This idea can be expressed as the following equation:

The Right to Life = The Right to Be Rich

"The Science of Being Rich" teaches us that it is normal to want to live more abundantly, so it is normal to want to be rich. To quote Mr. Wattles, "The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life-and that desire is praiseworthy". For Mr. Wattles, a rich person is someone who owns all they want in order to live as expansively as they can.

As stated previously, we live for the body, the mind, and soul. Mr. Wattles goes on to say that it is essential to understand that each is equally important, and that we must give full expression to each.

• In order to live fully in the body, a person needs good food, comfortable clothing, warm shelter, rest, and leisure. And not just enough to be satisfied, but enough to enjoy life to its fullest.

• To live fully in mind, a person needs books and time to study them, opportunity for travel and observation, and intellectual companionship. A person also needs intellectual recreation, and to surround themselves with objects of art and beauty.

• To live fully in the soul, a person must have love, and love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The more money you have, the more you can give.

Since it is perfectly right that you should want to grow to your highest potential and enjoy life to the fullest, and in order to attain this you need material things, it is perfectly right that you should desire money to buy these things.

In fact, Mr. Wattles emphasizes that it is your duty to make the most of yourself, and you can only make the most of yourself when you're rich and able to buy all the things you need to develop your talent to its greatest capacity. Therefore, you should devote your full attention to the science of getting rich.

Most people do not take the initiative to learn how to be rich. They spend years in school, college, and even go on to graduate studies, learning all they need to know to get a good job and make a decent living. However, they don't study the subject of wealth: how to make lots of money, how to invest it and make it grow, and how to protect it.

According to Mr. Wattles, everyone should set for themselves the goal of becoming rich. His book is a course on how to go about achieving that goal.

Marelisa Fábrega is the founder and CEO of "Marelisa Online", a website that offers tips, articles, and resources on how to become rich. You can visit her website at
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