Recently I found a one hundred year old copy of Wallace Wattles’ famous book, Financial Success Through Creative Thought, or, The Science of Getting Rich.
This 1915 leather bound edition of the book first privately published in 1910, is the one that inspired Rhonda Byrne to create her bestselling book and movie, The Secret.
While my computer took an hour to download new operating software, I reread Wattles’ book.
I’ve read it before, of course. But several things surprised me on this fresh reading.
Here are a few facts that jumped out:
I loved reading the book again because I could see clearly that many people who criticize or misunderstand the Law of Attraction have simply not read Wattles’ original text.
Or, if they did read his book, they glossed over all the parts they didn’t want to face, much like the many who watched the move The Secret and somehow fogged out when I appeared on screen and said you had to take action.
That’s the nature of unconscious limiting beliefs.
They filter reality so you only see what is a match to your beliefs.
Of course you have to take action.
Of course what you attract will come through natural means.
Of course it all begins with thought, which leads to behaviors, which leads to results.
Wattles is down to earth, very practical, and psychological in his approach.
He explains that you have to form an image of what you want to have, do, or be in your mind.
That image, held with faith and focus, will command the invisible elements of the world — the “stuff” that makes up everything, including you and me — to begin to form into your desired image. It will begin to unconsciously nudge yourself and other people to help you attract what you hold in mind.
You then have to work, with gratitude and holding your faith, in the direction of making it materialize, even if, at first, you can see no way to make it happen.
If I had to sum it up, I’d say that Wattles delivered a very simple, logical, and practical formula for attracting wealth. He’s not “woo woo” at all. He’s psychological rather than metaphysical, somehow knowing what psychologist William James declared –
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes” and —
“Act the part and you will become the part” and —
“Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.”
And something to think about from Wallace Wattles —
“The only service you can render God is to give expression to what he is trying to give the world, through you. The only service you can render God is to make the very most of yourself in order that God may live in you to the utmost of your possibilities.”
Wattles book is still in print, and copies of the original 1910 edition are available for free online. I urge you to find one and read it.
And then turn what you learn into action.
Wattles wrote – “The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
PS — This free new e-book can help you, too: http://www.theabundanceproject.com/book1.php?linkid=428743
Reading as much as I do, it’s hard to narrow the stacks of great books down to a handful of memorable classics. Here are the top ten books that really stood out and made a difference in my life in 2014:
Best Books 2014
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. This may be my favorite book of the year. Yes, there are plenty of self-help books that say virtually the same thing as Sincero’s book, but almost none do it with attitude. I love the humor, honesty, intimacy, personality, and daring of the author. I love the book so much I reached out and interviewed Sincero for my podcast. She’s sincere, funny, open, and a living badass of the polite I-won’t-hurt-you but I’m-going-for-my-dreams-so-stand-back sort. Fun, wise, empowering. Read it.
Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena. This one lit a fire under my butt and made me want to get out and run up steep hills with my shoes on fire. Since I’m already working out intensely, thanks to personally training with Body-for-Life fitness legend Bill Phillips, I didn’t feel compelled to enter a Spartan endurance race. But I found this book inspiring, motivating, and heart pounding. I love his concept of “obstacle immunity,” which means hard core exercise builds inner strength to easily handle the stresses of normal life. He’s right. After intense exercise, traffic is nothing. Great book.
The Science of Living by Emmet Fox. This book clearly explains the teachings of New Thought pioneer Emmet Fox, most famous for his little books, such as The Mental Equivalent and Make Your Life Worthwhile. Though Fox taught and published in the 1930s, The Science of Living is a recent publication based on his private classes with metaphysical students. I love its clarity, plus it made me feel like I was in the room with him. This fully explains what the philosophy of Mind Science is all about. A true gem.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I’ve read this 1937 classic before, of course, but after reading a recent biography of Carnegie (Self-Help Messiah), I decided to read it again. It is a masterpiece. I am in awe of Carnegie’s conversational writing style, powerful stories, and crisp message. I wish just one of my books was this good. The message, while simple, is as relevant today as it was over the last several decades. Priceless.
Making the American Body by Jonathan Black. I found this book hypnotic. It masterfully tells the story of the men and women who shaped fitness in the United States. That may sound boring to you but believe me, the feats, feuds, and fuss of the often egomaniac men and women who urge us to get fit is an entertaining, enlightening, and even appalling read. My only disappointment is the author somehow left out Bill Phillips, who is a living legend in fitness. Otherwise, riveting.
A Moment in Time: The Steve Reeves Story by George Helmer. I’m one of the biggest Reeves collectors in the world. I have the famous body builder/movie star’s gym, car, clothes, trophies, and more. My collection is impressive enough that Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) came to see it. This long awaited biography, by Reeves’ personal friend and executor of his estate, is mesmerizing. The hundreds of photos are worth the price of admission alone. The stories are alive. It’s a loving tribute to a legend; the definitive biography of the original Hollywood Hercules.
The Devil’s Horn by Michael Segell. As you may know, I’m now a saxophone player. (Afflatus, my baritone sax album, came out last month.) This is the hands-down best book ever written on the dramatic roller-coaster history of the sax, an instrument once considered the “devil’s horn” by some while others swooned to its cool sound. It was once the most popular instrument in the world (until the guitar got plugged in). The man who invented the sax – named (no surprise) Adolphus Sax – went through business failure, ridicule, controversy, political manipulation, envy, and even a death threat. An astonishing book.
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Nicholas Herman, later known as Brother Lawrence, lived in France in the 1600’s as a kitchen working monk. He dedicated his life to constantly living, working, playing, and praying “as in His presence” at all times. “His” means God. If the God word pushes a button in you, exchange it for Divinity or something else. This little book of conversations with, and letters by, Brother Lawrence has been changing lives for centuries. It did mine, too, and deeply influenced the writing of my forthcoming book, The Secret Prayer. There are numerous editions of this holy work around, many published in English for the first time around 1895. Highly recommended.
Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? by Mary J. Lore. I love the direct simplicity of this well crafted book. It helps you understand what your thoughts are doing, whether you are aware of them or not. Of course, once you are aware of your thoughts, you are now separate from them and more in control. A practical, inspiring guide.
Willpower: The Owner’s Manual by Frank Martela. This brief book surprised me with the 12 tools it describes for “doing the right thing.” I expected fluff, I got wisdom. People often resist will power, thinking it is pure ego or pure pain, when in reality will power is what you often need to align your desires, achieve your intentions, and attract what you want. Great book. Will yourself to read it.
And here’s a bonus title —
You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza. I’m not a fan of so-called scientifically based books describing how the world works, mostly because I can’t follow their terminology and the authors often disagree with each other, but this book is easy reading, easy to understand, and truly eye opening. Dispenza explains how it is possible to heal many “incurables” with thought alone, by detailing how the mind influences everything. In a way, this is a manual on how to create the placebo effect as needed. I read every word. Fascinating.
What about you?
What did you read this year that moved you?
Please post your comment below.
PS – My list of best books for 2013 is at http://blog.mrfire.com/best-books-of-2013/
Ever since my book, Attract Money Now, came out a few years ago, people sometimes write and ask if I am a member of the Illuminati.
The first time it happened confused me.
“Why do you think I am a member of the Illuminati?” I asked.
“Because of your belt buckle,” was the reply.
My belt buckle? Seriously?
I’m flattered that people were looking at my waistline but it also confused me.
I looked at the cover of my book and sure enough, I’m wearing a belt buckle with a symbol of a pyramid and eye.
The thing is, the cool looking buckle was given to me about ten years ago by a fan who wanted to congratulate me on my weight loss.
There was and is no more meaning to it.
It’s a belt buckle.
I let it go and didn’t think much more about it until…
The other day I was checking email and watching reruns of Modern Family on television when I noticed yet another person asking — this time on this blog — if I was a member of the Illuminati.
That’s when I decided to tell the truth.
“I don’t even know what the Illuminati is,” I confessed.
Since I didn’t want to look completely uninformed, and since it appears that people were talking about me being a member on some discussion forums, I asked one of my assistants to explain the Illuminati to me.
Here’s what she said:
Illuminati is about mind control and aiming towards the New World Order in order to achieve world domination. The Illuminati wishes to enslave the whole world in a satanic plot for a one world government. Illuminati feels that it is their karmic duty to "Reveal and Conceal" -- meaning they use overt symbols in your face without revealing what the symbols are in order to hide their agendas while subliminally programming people's minds. The "all seeing eye" you have on cover of The Secret to Attracting Money audio course and the pyramid on your Attract Money Now belt buckle are part of the symbols they commonly use. Here's example: Katy Perry's music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KSOMA3QBU0 and then here's the conspiracy theory behind the video's meaning: http://www.prisonplanet.com/katy-perrys-dark-horse-one-big-children-friendly-tribute-to-the-illuminati.html
According to this type of paranoid thinking, virtually every celebrity or politician you name could be a member of the Illuminati.
One list includes —
And me? Joe Vitale?
I have no interest in government (just ask my wife) and certainly not in world domination.
I can barely handle a house of cats.
Have any of these speculators actually read my books?
Rather than just looking at my belt buckle, they might actually open the book and discover what I really think.
People who believe in conspiracy theories and world domination scenarios are coming from victimhood.
They feel powerless in their life.
They want an explanation for their struggle.
Rather than take full responsibility, and move into the Empowerment stage of awakening (which is what I write about in such books as The Awakening Course and At Zero) they want to blame others.
Super stars are easy targets.
The wealthy are easy, too.
After all, they must have “something” that you and I don’t have in order to be so mega-successful.
They must all belong to some secret organization which helps all members succeed and leaves the rest of us to struggle.
If such an organization exists, I’ve certainly never been invited to join it.
Sometimes I think people who complain and conspire have too much time on their hands.
“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rather than spending time expressing their life mission and following their passion, they use their hours to create conspiracy theories and projected scenarios that have nothing to do with reality.
Like me and my belt buckle.
But let’s see if we can learn something here.
I did a little research of my own about the pyramid and eye on my belt buckle — the same symbol, by the way, that is on the US dollar bill.
Here’s what I learned:
That famous symbol on the US dollar bill is called The Eye of Providence. It’s sometimes interpreted as the eye of God watching over all of us.
God watching over us?
That doesn’t sound bad at all.
According to the most relied on unreliable source, Wikepedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence, the symbol is…
Owl of Minerva?
No, I don’t know what that is, either.
And I’m not a member of some Owl of Minerva club.
But isn’t it curious that people looking at my belt buckle and assuming it’s a clue to me being in the Illuminati, don’t even know what the actual symbol of the Illuminati is?
I’m flattered that some people think I’m so rich and powerful that I might one day help run a world domineering government.
But when I look over the above list of alleged Illuminati members, I have to confess that I’ve never even met one of them, let alone worked in secret (or even in public) with any of them.
The truth is, I’m a regular guy who has worked hard and done well writing books for a living, was lucky enough to be invited to be in the hit movie “The Secret,” watches reruns of Modern Family on TV with his spouse, writes and records self-help healing music, smokes cigars to commune with the Divine, and is learning to play the saxophone.
Of course, some people think the saxophone is The Devil’s Horn.
They probably think the sax is a clue to something.
Well, I can’t please everyone.
And neither can you.
Please focus on expressing your life mission, no matter if people condemn, understand, complain or applaud.
It’s what you’re here to do.
PS — I wrote a song on my new album explaining how life is a reflection of what is in you. The song is called “Reflection.” The album is called Reflection. (Seemed like a no brainer.) It’s relevant to this blog post, as what people project about others is usually what they actually feel about themselves. Think about it…
It might seem odd to hear that I listened to my own program, but you have to remember that I more or less “channel” my new programs.
I don’t use a script or read from a book.
Inspiration directs me and I just follow the lead.
The result amazes me, and makes me want to listen to my own audios to hear what I said. 🙂
For example, The Zero Point reveals — for the first time anywhere –The Law of Zero.
It also explains how to send requests to the Divine but also, more importantly, how to receive inspiration.
And there are great processes, like meeting Morrnah — the founder of modern ho’oponopono (as described in my books Zero Limits and At Zero: The Final Secret to Zero Limits) — and having her speak to you directly.
I also reveal the three levels of mind.
The guidebook that comes with this new program contains new clearing tools, images to use, and more.
Plus there are relaxation exercises, original healing music by Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon and myself, even two songs written and performed by me (off my Strut! album).
The Zero Point represents my latest, most advanced, most current, and most profound spiritual work ever.
It goes beyond the Law of Attraction, the Law of Creation, the Law of Right Acton, and even goes beyond ho’oponopono.
It’s designed to lead you to an awakening.
I loved hearing the program, and think you will, too.
Please check it out right here.
PS — Here’s a brief overview of The Zero Point:
Someone recently sent me this question by email —
“I have followed you and purchased many of your products for several years now. I am emailing you with one request. What is the ONE method that really is the secret? The one method, without any back-end products, that truly results in success? I have the will to make it happen. What is the ONE way?”
I thought about it and almost didn’t reply. After all, I’ve answered variations of this question repeatedly, in a wide variety of ways, in my books, blog posts, audios, events, and more, for over decades now.
But then I thought, what if a new reader has this question on their mind?
Since that may be the case, here’s my answer:
If you wanted to become a licensed private pilot, so you could fly small planes around the country, would you ask, “What is the one method that will assure my success as a pilot?”
I received my pilot’s license in 1972. I know for a fact there is no “one secret” to being a pilot. I had to learn everything from weather patterns to reading maps to FAA laws to how to handle a plane in all kinds of situations, and more. I went to flight school, but I also went to ground school, read supportive materials, and more.
There’s isn’t one way to be a pilot.
When I became a copywriter, I had to study books, old and new, and practice, sometimes with failure, sometimes with success, and test, test, test. I had to learn formulas, and templates, and the psychology of influence. I studied every copywriting course in existence, some long out of print. I bought copywriting manuals, books, audios, entire events on DVD, and more.
There is no one way to be a copywriter.
When I became a musician, I had to learn music, chords, song structure, and more. I also had to practice, with and without voice lessons, guitar lessons, songwriting lessons, and with and without time in the recording studio. I read books. I attended classes. I talked to musicians. I’m still doing it.
There is no one way to be a musician.
When I gained a name for myself as an Internet marketer way back in the mid 1990s, everyone would ask me, “What’s the one thing you did that made you rich and famous?”
Again, I had to learn it all. The early days of online marketing were a free for all, with everyone trying everything, trying to figure out “the one secret” to making money online. Along the way a lot of amazingly creative things were tried. Some worked. Many didn’t. Yet even today, after decades of being online, I can’t say there is “one” way to stardom online.
There is no one way to be an Internet success.
I’ve heard variations of the “What is the one secret?” question for decades. I often tell people there IS one secret to success. The secret is, “DO EVERYTHING!”
Try it all. Read the books. Listen to the audios. Attend the events. Test ideas. Invent ideas. Get feedback. Try again. Buy supportive materials. Invest in your learning. It’s “the” secret to success in just about everything you could name.
Say you want your child to go to college. Would you stop after he was in the first grade? Would you not buy him or her crayons, or books, or study materials, or new clothes for school? And if he or she was struggling, would you not invest in a tutor or summer school?
Again, there is no one way to be educated.
But if I was backed into a corner and asked, “Come on, Joe, what really is THE secret?,” I’d probably say something like this:
“Follow your dream.”
Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss.”
I’ve often said, “Follow your enthusiasm.”
By following the inner prompts from within, you will take action, and as you take action, you will get feedback, and as you learn from that feedback and persist, you will, over time, have an adventurous life and maybe even be wise enough to enjoy it all, the struggles as well as the successes.
There is no one secret.
The Law of Attraction is A secret.
Gravity is A law.
Action is A principle.
And so it goes.
None of it stands alone.
The person who asked the question at the top of this post just needs to recognize there is work to do, and then go do it. Those back-end products might help you along the way, so I’d be grateful for them, too.
When I was learning to be a pilot, I took courses, bought extra books, and more, all to give me an edge. Same with becoming a copywriter, or a marketer, or a musician. Those “back-end” products truly helped me understand and integrate what I was learning. And I still invest in support materials today, as well as in coaching, for whatever the next challenge happens to be.
The person who asked the question says they have “…the will to make it happen.”
If that’s true, then nothing will stop you and all is available for you.
Actively follow your dream.
That’s “The Only Secret” to success.
PS — There’s no “one method” to wealth attraction, either, but discover what can work for you at my November event in Austin, Texas. Click the image below for details –