About the Author
Little is known about Wattles’ life. He was born in the USA shortly after the civil war and experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in his life, he took to studying the various religious beliefs and philosophies of the world, including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson, and others.
It was through his tireless study and experimentation that he discovered the truth of New Thought principles and put them into practice in his own life. He began to write books outlining these principles. He practiced the technique of creative visualisation and, as his daughter Florence relates:
“He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realisation of this vision. He lived every page. His life was truly the powerful life.”In 1910, Mr Wattles died relatively young—shortly after his book was published and although his work was largely forgotten for years, those who have studied and applied these principles throughout the 20th century have experienced remarkable results: they have gotten rich!