The Science of Getting Rich: How to ‘Act a Certain Way’?

I recently received a question via my blog. Throughout The Science of Getting Rich Wallace Wattles talks about ‘acting in a certain way’. Here’s the question from Ana. She says, “I think I have read the Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles like 15 times. I love the book, but I still do not get this: What is acting a certain way?”

This is a pretty loaded question so I’ve come at it from a few different angles.

I started by putting down my own thoughts and ideas on the topic. From there I created a video which you can view below. I also did some research via one of the online Forums I visit frequently to see what others were saying.

Here are two other perspectives from people who are studying and living The Science of Getting Rich. The first one is from Michael. Here is what he had to say,

“To me, the “certain way” is very similar [to driving]. When we learned to drive we “internalized” it in our mind and body and incorporated it into our daily lives. We now have “faith” that we can go to the store or work even though we may have to take a detour now and then to get there. When road construction or traffic jams happen, we don’t throw our hands up in despair and quit moving toward our objective of getting to work or the store. We KNOW we’ll get there.” ~ Michael, you can visit his blog here.

I also found some words of wisdom from the founder of The Science of Getting Rich Network, Rebecca Fine. Here is what Rebecca had to say in response to the same question,

“There’s a LOT that can be said about it, but basically, it’s knowing that you are creating your own experience with your thoughts and the actions that grow out of those thoughts.” ~ Rebecca Fine

Now that you’ve gotten this far, here’s my take in the video below…

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  • Ana

    Reply Reply November 11, 2008

    Very Good!!!! Thank you.

    • Roger

      Reply Reply June 25, 2014

      The ‘certain’ in ‘acting in a certain way’ means “known for sure; established beyond doubt,” and NOT “specific but not explicitly named or stated.” It is a question of reading the text with the proper definition of the word ‘certain’ in mind. The book was written in 1911 and the author’s use of the word ‘certain’ is surely related to a more common usage at that time.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 12, 2008

    Your welcome!

    I always love feedback so thanks for your question. If there is anything that is unclear and you would like me to dig deeper into a topic, please let me know.

  • Simon

    Reply Reply December 28, 2012

    Hey Steve! I love your videos and think you’re the real deal. So, I wanted to ask you about a problem I’m having.
    See, I’m in high school and I want to be head boy(or president if that’s what its called in your country) of my high school. I just think that I haven’t achieved enough and maybe it’s too late for me to become better than all the other kids applying for the post.(They have actually gone for more competitions, have better grades,etc. + there are only 2 head boy positions to fill) Teachers are going to decide by february.
    So, I was hoping you could help me achieve this goal. It would be a dream come true :)

  • Steve

    Reply Reply January 3, 2013

    Hey Simon… Here’s what I recommend to start. Watch this video: 7 Signs of Low Self-Esteem

  • Simon

    Reply Reply January 6, 2013

    i watched the video. I saw all the 7 signs in me. This lead to another video about the 3 techniques for improving self-esteem. This, again(haha) led to the ‘How to get gooder’ video and when I started doing the exercise I did come up with a couple of things that I’m good at but then I got blocked. I just listed some stuff but I’m not really sure I feel good about that stuff. Please help me. :(

  • Steve

    Reply Reply January 7, 2013

    Hey Simon… start with the techniques I share… but you must be persistent and give yourself a 30 day trial period. If you still get blocked during the 30 day trial, please see this video: 7 Symptoms of Limiting Beliefs (at the end of this video I share a rock-solid technique for releasing limiting thoughts and beliefs)

  • Simon

    Reply Reply January 10, 2013

    Hey Steve..I watched the video..are you talking about the Sedona Method? I’ll give it a try and refer back to you with the results :)

  • Simon

    Reply Reply January 10, 2013

    Can I use both your techniques and the Sedona Method for the 30 day trial period or should I start with one?

  • Rob

    Reply Reply June 23, 2015

    I would like to add to this discussion and to the subject of “knowing” or “visualizing” that is mentioned in this blog post.

    The “certain way” is not a single thing but a combination of things. Like a recipe.

    We were created and because of that we are hard-wired to create. Think in terms of “creation” that gives or benefits others. That is the best way to think first of all.

    -Begin with your thoughts of what you want to create. Your goal, the target. See yourself already having your goal.

    -Speak gratitude and thanksgiving to the creator because you have your goal.

    -The THOUGHTS and WORDS create and FEELING that is the KEY ingredient.

    -Maintain that FEELING

    -Now take ACTION with the FEELING and that IS ACTING in the CERTAIN WAY.

    The feeling is of utmost importance combined with action and knowing with gratitude that you already have what you desire. Feel the feeling of having already while you move towards it with the knowing.

    Hope that makes sense…..

    Regards, :)

    • Benjamin Samson

      Reply Reply July 20, 2016

      Thanks Rob, its making more sense

  • Rick Lelchuk

    Reply Reply November 15, 2016

    This piece of the puzzle has had me perplexed for a while. I could not determine if Wattles meant in a particular manner or in a way with confidence. I see now that with the addition of “faith” and a “knowing” a certain way is not about a process but an internal understanding that one lives in certainty that a thought will produce a result without question. Thanks for the clarification. Time to reread.

  • Shane Ronay

    Reply Reply March 18, 2018

    In having just read the book for the first time and it having an impact on me, the concept and others are challenging to grasp because they are abstract and different from how most of us have been raised regarding money. From my own two cents, Wattles lays out a philosophy which include a number of concepts supporting it pointing out the need for consistency. These include Rebecca Fine’s underscoring of the power of our thoughts, spawning creativity from this personal envisioning versus a competitive mindset, and providing value in all of our interactions. To me, these and several other concepts from the book define Acting in a Certain Way.

  • Maureen Chasson

    Reply Reply August 31, 2018

    Please help! Can you explain for me in simple terms “The Right to be Rich”?
    Thank you,

    • Steph

      Reply Reply May 27, 2019

      Hello Maureen did you get your answer?

  • Steph

    Reply Reply May 27, 2019

    Hello Maureen,

    It is very simple.

    You live in a free and rich country.

    In America, we all have the right to think and act as we wish.

    Never forget that we live in a free and rich country.

    Unfortunately, far too many people act like slaves every day.

    You are free Maureen, you can achieve everything you want in a rich country!

    The only limit is in your mind!

    Don’t let anybody steal your dream!

    “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
    – Napoleon Hill


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