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How a Book About Financial Success Written in 1910 Became My Parenting Guide and Changed My Perception of Reality

In 1985, shortly before I entered the illustrious realm of parenthood when my daughter Bronwyn was born, I bought a book by mail order called Financial Success Through Creative Thought. It was a reprint of a book written almost a century ago, in 1910, by a gentleman with the unusual name of Wallace D. Wattles.

This book was, at the time in my life that I bought it, simply the latest in a long line of dozens of books related to self-help, success psychology, personal development, metaphysics, business, management and other such subjects that I’d been reading one after the other without pause for more than five years.

At the age of 28, my hunger and enthusiasm for new knowledge had been instigated by a realisation that my life wasn’t working very well – most of what I’d grown up believing about the world I lived in was producing results that simply weren’t worth having – and it was only my wife’s stability, good sense and optimism that was saving me from becoming a total disaster. Like so many who, at times like these, look for a quick and painless fix to their particular sea of troubles, I’d got it into my head that the solution to all my problems was the acquisition of huge sums of money. Hence my obsession with books about financial success.

Well, nothing came of that idea, to be honest, but, there I was at the age of 33, a new father and an unknown and slightly scary road ahead of me, whether I liked it or not. Whatever it was about Financial Success Through Creative Thought, it turned out to be the right book in the right place at the right time and it stuck with me. Instead of this book joining all the many others that I’d read once and then abandoned on a bookshelf to gather dust, I actually started applying what I read – only not in the way it was originally intended.

When my daughter was about six months old, my wife was offered a job by her former employers at a salary significantly higher than I was earning, she returned to the ‘workforce’ and I became our baby’s stay-at-home parent. Wallace D. Wattles’ book Financial Success Through Creative Thought – strange as it may seem – became my parenting guide for the next five years. My daily application of its principles combined with my wife Mary’s natural parenting talents produced results that amazed and delighted me as I watched our daughter grow into the most wonderful child I had ever known.

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that Bronnie – now 19 and in her second year at university – has been a total joy every day since the day she was born, and those five years from babyhood until she started school – those five magic years when we shared so much of each other’s lives – were not only filled with days when I felt as if I was dancing on water, they actually changed my perception of reality.

When Bronnie was eight years old, Mary and I moved our family from our small village in the English countryside to London, in preparation for our eventual migration to Australia (an event that we’d been working toward for several years). Subsequently, we changed address three times in the just over five years it took us to complete that journey and my copy of Financial Success Through Creative Thought went missing. I don’t know what happened to it. Fortunately, the principles I’d learned from it were by now a part of my thinking, even if no longer constantly reinforced. (My son Patrick was born during this time.)

About four years ago (2000), now settled in Australia, I ‘came online’ with the wiring up of our home computer to the internet, and I tried to track down a replacement copy of Wallace D. Wattles’ Financial Success Through Creative Thought. It seemed, however, to have disappeared. Then, quite a while later – it was some time between my son Patrick starting school at the beginning of 2002 and my conception later that year of the Parental Intelligence ezine that was the forerunner of this website – I discovered one day that Financial Success Through Creative Thought was a version of a book originally entitled The Science of Getting Rich. No wonder, when I first searched for it on the internet, I’d found all those references to Wallace D. Wattles but only then to this ‘other’ book he’d written that wasn’t the one I was looking for! Doh!

At least I was able to then acquire a download version of the book I wanted – Financial Success Through Creative Thought aka The Science of Getting Rich.

Then – only about two months ago (June 2004) I discovered that The Science of Getting Rich was the first of a series of books Wallace D. Wattles had written. There were two more – The Science of Being Well and The Science of Being Great. Curiouser and curiouser. I’d had no idea. However, I then ended up in a situation where each of the three books in the series was only available separately and in a different place and I was left thinking how great it would be if they were available all together in one package. No sooner had I begun to ponder upon this than Tony Mase came into my life. Out of the blue one day when I was on the internet looking for something else. To me, this was clearly no accident.

So, now I’m the proud owner of Tony’s faithful compilation of Wallace D. Wattle’s trilogy of ‘Science’ classics – not a word altered from the Edwardian originals. It’s called The Science of Abundant Life. The timeless wisdom of The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Well and The Science of Being Great in one 21st century ebook.

I’ve been publishing my Parental Intelligence newsletter since August 2002, but until now (apart from one mention in passing in a very, very early email issue when I had about ten subscribers) I’ve never ‘let on’ that my parenting philosophy is founded on a book written almost a hundred years ago called The Science of Getting Rich. Why? Well, one obvious reason, of course, is because I’m not rich. The other more significant reason, however, is that, in the culture I grew up in that gave me the world view I carried unthinkingly into adulthood and which still influences some areas of my behaviour, many of the ideas in the book would be categorised as ‘weird stuff’ and they’d be laughed at.

I don’t like to be laughed at for believing in ‘weird stuff’. Call it a fear of ridicule.

But I guess I’ll have to get over that. Because the ‘weird stuff’ I learned from The Science of Getting Rich really works – whether you apply it to its intended purpose or, as I did, to the pursuit of successful parenting – and the recent events in my life regarding Mr. Wattles and his teachings have pushed me into a situation where revealing the true source of my parenting success is clearly more useful to the world than continuing to keep it a secret because I feel awkward and uncomfortable about it.

So, I now invite you to discover Wallace D. Wattles’ philosophy of life for yourself and to make up your own mind about it. You can obtain an ebook edition of the first part of his trilogy, The Science of Getting Rich, right here at this website, free, gratis and for nothing with my compliments. The very book I used as my guide when I became a parent almost 20 years ago that showed me how to achieve truly excellent results – and have a lot of fun doing it!

Please do take this opportunity. You’ve got absolutely nothing to lose by reading this book – it’s free, you can download it right here right now and you can read it from front to back in an hour. You have a whole world of positive experiences to gain. I’m living proof.

My sincere best wishes,

Bob Collier
Publisher, Parental Intelligence

August 2004

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