The Preface to our book begins with a statement that The Science of Getting Rich is “pragmatic, not philosophical.” Already, he’s got me confused - I always thought pragmatism was a philosophy!
To me, pragmatism means deciding what to think based on a yardstick of practicality. In other words, I like to ask, “How useful is this idea or concept?” rather than, “Is this idea True or False?
Forget true or false; I want “works well in my life”! I think that’s what Wattles is implying here, by saying this book is pragmatic. I’m all for that! To tell you the truth, my beliefs and perceptions about money and finances haven’t worked all that well for me. I got them from my parents, for the most part.
That’s not to blame Mom and Dad. They got the darned things from their own folks. They probably modified them a bit due to their own experiences. That’s what I’ve done. Basically, though, I have a set of beliefs about money that I have used all my life, and here’s the bottom line: “They’re MINE! They must be TRUE!”
With that said - I’m more than willing to trade them in on some new beliefs, if the new ones work better!
The question remains, How can I know if Wattles’ ideas are going to work any better than what I’ve used in the past?
So far as I can see, the only way to find out is by test-driving the new ideas. OK. I’m willing to park my old beliefs while I try out these new ones.
I think that my willingness to do that is what Wattles calls faith. He doesn’t mean “faith in God” (although he gets to that, later in the book) but rather faith as the practice of believing in something without having any objective proof about it. In other words, the practice of irrational acceptance. Tricky stuff for those of us who honour rationality!
However, if that’s what it takes to get rich, I’m willing to give it a try. As he says at the end of his Preface, “…we can read this book and do exactly as it tells us to do.” A large part of the do-ing is believing. We have a choice, always, of what we believe, so I promise - for the duration of this study, I’ll believe what Wattles says to the very best of my ability. We'll find out what really happens when a person does exactly what we're advised to do, although I must admit that I find that "exactly" part a bit scary. I'll do my best. Can’t say fairer than that, can I?
All the Best Always, Elaine H
PS: If you haven't read the PREVIEW, you'll find it over HERE