I hesitated for sure, I couldn’t believe someone hadn’t already done it. When the idea came to me, I wrestled with the idea, it seemed so right but who was I to do it?
But the longer I thought about it, the more pressing the need to take it on as a project became. When I really thought about it, I had several good reasons really.
I have failed for years, always seeking to “better myself” as it was called when I was growing up, but not having a clue how to go about that.
Then I succeeded big (mid six figures) and failed big, then succeeded again (six figure turnover within 6 months).
Then my life-partner died suddenly and I realised that the seven-figure success I was striving for was pretty meaningless and that I could go at any minute too, that travel and experiences and quality of life and being with your loved ones means more than just about anything else.
Because we are not taught this stuff in schools. The school system was created (and is still run today) to churn out good little workers for the benefit of the multi-corporations and the wealthy.
As you will see later, if we all became rich, who would run things?
Who would work in the hotels and restaurants, who would fly the planes, who would make the cars, who would build the houses?
I’m not mad about that, by the way, the daft education we got. It’s just the way of things and if you come from parents who don’t think about it, and you don’t have any mentor in your life who can show you a better way, you’ll struggle to become more successful, just like I did.
A Bit Of Background
If you are new around here, you’ll know that I was clueless about success and money until the age of 38, when I had two small children, my husband through no fault of his own, had just been made redundant for the third time and I was going around the recruitment consultants trying to get a secretarial job at £12,000 a year (around $15,000) .
I knew I was worth better than that, after all I was bright and hard working, I’d started and run companies, one of which, our record label Estoteric Records, had had some minor critical success but never made any real money.
I came to the realization one day in a garden in Kensal Road, London, that no prince was coming to save me, that I needed to take 100% responsibility for my own success and the well being of my family.
As is the way of things, as you’ll discover in this book, as soon as I made that decision and, more importantly, started to take action on it, things started to change for the better.
I landed a dream job with an inspirational mentor – entrepreneur & philanthropist Bennie Gray, within just a couple of weeks.
Then, when working for Bennie, I literally fell over a little book in Books Etc Oxford St, London that showed me (after about 7 re-reads) how to become financially free, a concept I’d never heard of before. That book was “Swimming With Piranha Makes You Hungry” by Professor Colin Turner – little did I know I would interview him 10 years later and he would give me 200 of his books for my students!
And so I embarked on a journey of personal development moving onto reading the life-changing book “7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey.
(I’ll be mentioning quite a few life-changing books throughout this book, but don’t worry about making a note of them now, here’s a link to my “Top 30 Business Books of All Time”).
Within the next 5 years, I was to land a second dream job, move back to my home town by the seaside then, buy, live in and renovate a 7 bedroom house with my husband, kids, sister, brother in law and their kids, then buy, renovate, launch, run and then sell, a 12 bedroom hotel “no money down”.
I also launched a financial education coaching business (well, they say, teach what you most need to learn!) called The Money Gym, wrote a book of the same name and build that into a 3-partner, 5 coaches and six figure business.
All of that, working from home, bringing up my kids and being there for them whenever they needed me. Then the recession hit, along with a global credit crunch and on the 11th January 2010, I lost everything.
It hit me hard.
For two years, I lived in my sister’s spare room, my kids had to go and live with their Dad, as I couldn’t put a roof over my head, let alone theirs.
I couldn’t give my expertise in online marketing away.
I used to go to my local Chamber of Commerce and sit on their website committee for free in the hope of someone, anyone would ask me to help them with their marketing. Nobody did. People simply don’t value what they can get for free!
But within 5 years of that fateful day in January, 2010, I was back with another six-figure turnover business, ClicksAndLeads.com, a boutique Social Media PPC agency, and this time, once I made my mind up to launch that business in late 2014, I’d done it in under 6 months (would have been 3 but a friend was sick and I had to spend a lot of time in hospital with him).
So What Made The Difference?
What was it that made me wallow in poverty from 2010 to the end of 2014 then come back with a bang within 6 months?
I’m going to reveal all in this book by Wallace D. Wattles, lovingly rewritten by me, for you.
Because the first time I read “The Science Of Getting Rich”, back in 2003 or 2004, along with the more famous book that followed it “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, I just didn’t get it.
Those books laid it all out for me – the most important information in the whole world was there for me to know – but I just couldn’t absorb or believe the information in the way it was presented.
The book was totally male orientated, written in archaic language, loads of references to religion and God (who, being a confirmed agnostic then, I just didn’t believe in) and somehow all those things combined to make sure I just didn’t’ get it. And me not “getting it” or believing it, meant I didnt’ put it into action. Which meant that I continued being poor and broke.
And if you don’t know the difference, you really need to read this book.
At the time I was looking for surefire tactics to implement and not esoteric, waffly thoughts from some old school geezer back in the day!
The only reason I re-read the book was because my “Own It!” podcast co-host Judith Morgan and I had just interviewed Jacqueline Rogers, founder of The Athena Network for our “Beyond The Laptop Lifestyle” virtual summit. Judith needed some time off, we needed some co-presenters, Jacqueline had been a big hit on the Summit so we knew she was right for the podcast too.
We have a section on the podcast called “Project Updates” and she told me in that section that, as it was out of copyright, she was re-writing “The Science Of Getting Rich” for women (she runs the biggest female business networking group in the UK) and I was struck by what a great idea that was.
I went off and found a copy online, printed it off and read it through again and as I did I found that (religious references notwithstanding) I now agreed with every single word!
It all made total sense based on what I had been through in the last 5 years and I just got it.
How A Book & A TV Show Changed My Thinking
A while ago, I read a book called “Synchronicity: The Inner Path Of Leadership” by Joseph Jaworski.
From Amazon: Synchronicity is an inspirational guide to developing the most essential leadership capacity for our time: the ability to collectively shape our future. By telling the story of his remarkable journey toward an understanding of the deep issues of leadership, Joseph Jaworski explains the fundamental shifts of mind that will enable leaders to listen to realities that want to emerge in this world and acquire the courage to manifest them.
The reason I loved it particularly, was it told Joseph’s own “Hero’s Journey” story of having a nervous breakdown, then travelling the world in search of a new life, but some co-incidences lead him to study the phenomenon of Synchronicity, talking to many physicists along the way, and how Synchronicity can be partially, if not completely, be explained by Quantum Physics.
More recently, I watched the short series on British TV called “The Forces Of Nature” presented by Professor Brian Cox. Brian Edward Cox, OBE FRS is an English physicist, and Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.
In one of the episodes, he actually went back in time by travelling in a jet plane, against the turn of the Earth and we all watched the sun, which had just set, rise again. He knows how to get your attention!
Cox has been described as the natural successor for leading the BBC’s scientific programming by both David Attenborough and the late Patrick Moore and I have to agree – he makes the most complicated concepts almost completely understandable.
(Amusingly, before his academic career, Cox was a keyboard player for the band D:Ream, best known for their hit “Things Will Only Get Better” a positive upbeat song if ever I heard one!)
From the description of the series on the BBC website: “Professor Brian Cox combines some of the most spectacular sights on Earth with our deepest understanding of the universe to reveal how the planet’s beauty is created by just a handful of forces”.
The science is amazing, the photography / filming is amazing, the music is amazing and he blew my mind with some of the statements he made, one while walking through an English ancient woodland, holding up an acorn.
“Life is just the temporary home of the immortal elements that build up the Universe” Professor Brian Cox
He went on to explain the Time / Space continuum, which he explained by pointing out that we are hurtling through space at around 650 miles an hour, even though when we stand on the surface of the planet it doesn’t feel like we are moving at all. He talked about how that planet was also moving around the Sun as well as rotating on it’s axis and somehow, all that meant that everything that happens to us – good or bad – is happening still out there in the Universe somewhere, every moment still exists and every moment that will exist, already exists.
This could even mean that there are an infinite number of Universes (the “Many Worlds” theory) existing next to each other.
Later in the same show he said
“We are of the Earth, constructed from a ready supply of chemical elements, forged in the Stars” Professor Brian Cox
Mind officially blown now!
Nowadays I’m a confirmed atheist, preferring the total liberation that comes when you know, deep in your heart, that nothing outside you has any dominion over what happens to you, that there is no ethereal deity who could come and save you but chooses not to, that whatever happens for good or ill, it’s all down to you as to how you react to it.
But I found this scientific viewpoint, that we are all made of the same stuff, and only a limited number of building blocks (chemicals, atoms, photons etc) very interesting. Especially when you consider that everything, from me to that acorn, is made of the same stuff, just configured in a different way and vibrating at different frequencies.
I’ve just lost my best friend Steve Watson, who died very suddenly back in March 2016, just a few months ago as I write this.
I’m over the worst of the grieving, the agonising minute by minute pain that you feel in the early days, the many unanswerable questions are subsiding and I just get very, very sad sometimes at what we’ll miss out on for the rest of the time we would have had together.
I found Prof. Cox’s words very moving and somewhat consoling in my loss. The thought that every wonderful moment we had over the 13 years we were close companions (and all the fights!) are still happening out there somewhere, made it all feel a bit less final.
However, the bigger concept for the purposes of explaining one of the reasons why I wanted to rewrite this book for you, was the concept that we were all made of the same stuff, not just us humans, but the acorn he was holding, the fallen tree he was sitting on, the sofa I was sitting on, the TV I was watching him on…
Remember, that we are all made from a small number of just about 90 chemical elements, forged in the stars, by some miracle of evolution and that we were on earth for a tiny, tiny amount of time…
Well, when I read “The Science Of Getting Rich” again, it all just clicked into place.
Remember, Prof Cox said “Life is just the temporary home of the immortal elements that build up the Universe” Life itself, that ephemeral thing, that can’t be bottled or hung onto, but can be seen and be seen to leave, that’s the miracle I can get my arms around.
Back to the book….
If you change the words Wallace used, it all makes sense in the 21st Century too. If you change the word “God” into “Universal Energy”, if you change the words “Formless Stuff” which always made me think of a clear jelly, which was very distracting, into “Building Blocks Of Life”, short for those 90 chemical elements, the Atoms (positive) and Photons (negative) that make up everything, and if you change the words “Increasing” into “Abundance”, it all suddenly makes sense to a 54 year old, feminist, atheist, digital marketer.
Why “The Science Of Getting Rich Online”?
Well, I’ve made my living online for the last 20 years. I know that getting rich online is a science and it’s not a very complicated one. It involves solving a problem and then putting a compelling and value driven offer in front of as large a number of people as possible.
In fact, it was in the book “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill that followed “The Science Of Getting Rich” that I read the words, in the dining room of the house we were doing up, in 1999…
“If you can find the biggest numbers of people to serve, the rivers of abundance will run for you”
And I thought, “He means the internet! That’s where the biggest numbers of people to serve are, right now”.
There are a number of tools that you can use, to make it easier and those tools are quite intuitive to use, and come with great tuition videos to help you learn how to use them.
I’ve created and launched 3 books online (this is the 4th and I’ve got at least one more in me). I’ve launched two podcasts and still co-host “Own It! Your Business & Your Life” and I’ve started many online businesses, two reaching a six-figure turnover.
However, about 95% of people who try to achieve the goal of becoming rich online will fail.
Unlike me, who succeeded then failed spectacularly, then succeeded again, these people fail before they even get going.
And, after 20+ years making a full time living online, as someone who was using computers before Windows, who made her first website using cold hard HTML code, who remembers a time before Facebook, Youtube and Twitter let alone Instagram, Snapchat and Musical.ly, I’ve become increasingly fascinated with that fact.
I’ve seen so many people fail online it’s not funny.
I’ve also seen many people succeed online and succeed big.
When you hit a home run online, it’s enormous. I have personally met people who make upwards of $50,000 a month selling native made bracelets from Bali on Amazon. I’ve met people making that same kind of money from selling other people’s information products. I’ve been mentored by people who charge between $10,000 and $100,000 a day for their time, expertise and knowledge.
I’m not going to quote numbers at you ad nauseum (because they’ll be out of date before I hit “save”) but the online population is growing exponentially and those people are hungry for products, services and information. They are also willing to pay for all three. The days of the internet being free are long gone.
The most valuable thing of all now in most people’s lives is time and they are more than willing to pay for it, or even the illusion of it (Uber being a great example).
What makes the difference between the ones who succeed online and the ones who fail? What makes the difference between the people who make a lovely living online and live the life they always wanted.
I’m going to tell you straight, don’t you worry.
This book is down to earth and direct.
It is intended for everyone who wants to discover how to make money online but who want to be ethical about it and use only legitimate means – those means not being either spammy or scammy.
It’s intended for people who want to sell solutions and services to solve problems, or to help those with expertise, knowledge, passions, hobbies, and interests of all kinds.
It is for those who have bought course after course, paid guru after so-called guru and who have finally started to realise that there is no “magic button” or “silver bullet” that will make them rich overnight.
It’s for those who are now willing to take consistent action day after day, moving forward in the knowledge that one day, their small, consistent actions will bear fruit and create a great living – or even riches – online.
I’m going to expect you to listen and act, knowing that the knowledge I’m sharing with you (in homage to the late Wallace D.Wattles), is real, it works and I’ve proved it works by not only earning my full time living by working online for the last 20 years but by failing and, only when I applied the principles in this book, succeeded again.
Times They Are A-Changing
The Science of Getting Rich was one of the first books I read, right at the beginning of my entrepreneurial career, that even hinted at the “Law Of Attraction”. While I went on to read the other books on this topic, such as “The Alchemist” by Paul Coelo, “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and to watch the movie “The Secret”, I largely missed the point of all of them, as they didn’t contain instructions – there was no step by step “how to” included at all.
They kept hinting at the “secret of success” contained within but nowhere was it spelled out so it became blindingly bleeding obvious.
I know full well that my teens would never, in a million years, read books like this. Old fashioned, written in archaic language, containing references to people and events they have never even heard of.
I was a bookworm, used to reading all sorts of books, but I missed the hidden message in all of these books, my infrequent successes coming from my accidental application of SOME of the principles contained in “The Science Of Getting Rich” but oh! how much more successful could I have been if I had grasped and applied ALL of them?
So, having missed the message, the secrets hidden in plain sight apparently, I kept looking for the perfect online business plan, the best, most up to date strategy, tactic or tool.
If it was 100% down to that course of action, truthfully, every person who does exactly as their latest guru tells them should certainly get rich; for the science herein applied is an exact science, and, if someone has succeeded using that guru’s method before, then surely, failure for you is impossible?
I’m going to mention certain tried and tested methods of making money online, or tactics and tools – but never tricks – to help with the same, and I’ll give credit to the creators or engineers of those freely, as the tapestry of tools at our disposal are multiple but, over time, one tool or tactic usually wins out as being the best. I’ll tell you what that is to save you time.
Each element of internet marketing (or digital marketing) has usually built on another that went before, or several others, for nowhere else is the “standing on the shoulders of giants” more prevalent than online.
I’m doing it by re-writing this classic book, 100% legally as it’s now out of copyright (a serious oversight by somebody somewhere!).
Interestingly, with the internet has come the notion that copyright is obsolete and I’m never happier than when someone quotes from one of my books or blog posts, as long as they mention my name and link back to my website of course!
Why did I want to rewrite this book and position it to help those who want to become experts in internet marketing, digital marketing or those who simply want to create a second income online, next to that earned from their “day job”?
Because I’ve seen so many people fail at the very thing I’ve earned my living from for over 20 years now, bringing up two children pretty much as a single mother for over 10 of those.
Why do they fail, when the science of making money online is so simple?
Because they haven’t got their heads straight.
My two kids Phoebe & Nelson – now young adults really – are not academic at all but they are also not carrying around any emotional baggage. They don’t have major self esteem issues that some of the bigger life knocks can give you – if you don’t have a firm grip on your mind and the rantings of your ego voice by then.
When young people decide they want something, they don’t generally have so many voices inside their head telling them all the reasons why they can’t do it.
(Oh! Just one voice you say? Only me that has several voices then….let’s keep that between us).
At the moment, I’m teaching my son Nelson how to promote himself better online. He is an aspiring DJ, know as DJ Nelzen, he’s producing his own house, garage and grime music (don’t ask, I haven’t figured out what grime is yet and I used to work in the music industry!) You can check him out on Soundcloud and Facebook.
I’m also helping my highly creative daughter, who studied beauty (but doesn’t want to be a beautician) and who loves makeup, fashion, travel and popular culture, but who is very, very definite that she doesn’t want to continue working for minimum wage at our local gastropub. She is studying harder than she ever did at school, to become a better YouTube and Instagram marketer.
But I also spend a bit of time with someone else, younger than me but older than my kids who, despite having a great online business idea and being highly skilled at all the elements needed to bring that business idea to fruition, just seems to be completely incapable of taking any action.
Why that is, what causes that block, is not a lack of strategy, not a lack of tactics or tools, just simply down to how they feel about themselves and what that means in terms of being able to move forwards.
Perhaps you are struggling with the same issues?
Well, all that can be changed by reading and applying the practices in this book, which I’ve endeavored to bring bang up to date for the 21st Century and make accessible to you today.
For Those Who Also Want Step By Step Tactics!
I’ve also included links at the end of the book to my “Perfect Online Business Plan” which is a perfect step by step Blueprint for experts, authors and consultants to start taking their business online.
Also, a link to my video training “Fast Start Masterclass” for everyone who is NOT an expert, author, trainer or consultant, who perhaps want to sell a physical product or information product, even one created by someone else (affiliate marketing).
For those who would like to know how I turned my thinking around so quickly in 2014 I’ve included a link to my “Your Best Year Yet” webinar.
Please DO NOT skip to those links without reading this book first.
It’s not tools, techniques or tactics remember, that makes the difference between success or failure online. It’s what goes on between your ears!
I want you to be able to read this book, start to dream big, take massive action and THEN get started with the practical elements of “The Science Of Getting Rich Online”
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