Wallace Wattles’ Ideas Of Greatness – Part 2

This is the part-2 of the two part series on Wallace Wattles’ ideas of greatness.
Check out the Part-1 if you haven’t yet.


It will make an immense difference with your faith and spirit whether you look upon civilisation as a good thing which is becoming better or as a bad and evil thing which is decaying. One viewpoint gives you a descending and decreasing mind. One viewpoint will make you grow greater and the other will inevitably cause you to grow smaller. So, this matter of a social viewpoint makes a lot of difference.


That which is undeveloped or incomplete often appears to us as evil because of the way we have trained ourselves to think. We must learn to look at every man and woman, no matter how unlovely in outward manifestation, as if they are perfect in their stage of being and they are becoming complete. Once we come into a comprehension of this fact and arrive at this point of view, we lose all desire to find fault with people, to judge them, criticise them, or condemn them. We no longer work as those who are saving lost souls, but as those who are among the angels, working out the completion of a glorious heaven.


There are many ideas in your mind which you have outgrown, and which, from force of habit, you still permit to dictate the actions of your life. Cease all this; abandon everything you have outgrown. There are many ignoble customs, social and other, which you still follow, although you know they tend to dwarf and belittle you and keep you acting in a small way. Rise above all this. Do not give your time and strength to the support of obsolete institutions, religious or otherwise; do not be bound by creeds in which you do not believe. BE FREE.


You cannot be ruled from below if you are to be great; you must rule from above. Therefore you can’t be governed by physical impulses; you must bring your body into subjection to the mind, mind into subjection to the soul and for the soul to be ruled by the guidance of God.


If you desire a thing, picture it clearly and hold the picture steadily in mind until it becomes a definite thought-form, and if your practices are not such as to separate you from God, the thing you want will come to you in material form. It must do so in obedience to the law by which the universe was created.

That which is in you impelling you forward is in the things and people you need, impelling them toward you. If there is a particular man you need to know, he will be introduced to you; if there is a particular book you need to read, it will be placed in your hands at the right time.

Two things are necessary in realising the vision. First, making of the thought form, and, second, the actual appropriation to yourself of all that goes into and around the thought-form. When you have made your thought form, you must externally become whatever you have already internally become.


Do not let other people decide what you are to be. Be what you feel that you want to be. Do not be misled by a false notion of obligation or duty. You can owe no possible obligation or duty to others which should prevent you from making the most of yourself. Be true to yourself and you cannot then be false to any man.


When you seem deeply impelled to take a course which seems contrary to all reason and worldly judgement, take that course. Listen to the suggestion and advice of others, but always do what you feel deeply in the within to be the true thing to do.


Hurry is a manifestation of fear. He who fears not has plenty of time. If you act with perfect faith in your own perceptions of truth, you will never be too late or too early and nothing will go wrong. So surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, just so surely may you know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will instantly cut your connection with the universal mind; you will get no power, no wisdom and no information until you are calm. Remember that poise and power are inseparably associated. The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind whereas the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.


You can begin to be great-to-day in your own home, in your store or office, on the street, everywhere; you can begin to make yourself known as great, and you can do this by doing everything you do in a great way. You must put the whole power of your great soul into every act, however small and commonplace, and so reveal to your family, your friends, and neighbours what you really are.

Greatness is attained only by the thinking of great thoughts. No man can become great in outward personality until he is great internally; and no man can be great internally until he THINKS.
You are not mentally developed by what you read, but by what you think about what you read. Most people spend the greater part of their leisure time running away from thought, hence they are where they are.

You are a god if you think like a god. If you think like a god you cannot fail to act like a god. Divine thoughts will surely externalise themselves in a divine life. Thoughts of power will end in a life of power. Great thoughts will manifest in a great personality.

You are not made great by the location in which you happen to be, nor by the things with which you may surround yourself. You are not made great by what you receive from others, and you can never manifest greatness so long as you depend on others. You will manifest greatness only when you begin to stand alone.


The struggle for power and achieving the high place of power develops able men, cunning men, resourceful men but not great men.

When they start out to make something of themselves and to practice the science of being great, they find themselves necessarily compelled to rearrange many of their relationships. There are friends who perhaps must be alienated, there are relatives who misunderstand and who feel that they are in some way being slighted; the really great man is often considered selfish by a large circle of people who are connected with him and who feel that he might bestow upon them more benefits than he, does.


You are really in essential nature, no greater than those around you. You may have entered upon a way of living and thinking which they have not yet found, but they are perfect on their own plane of thought and action. You are entitled to no special honour or consideration for your greatness. You are a god, but you are among gods. You will fall into the boastful attitude if you see other people’s shortcomings and failures and compare them with your own virtues and successes; and then you will cease to be great, and become small. Think of yourself as a perfect being among perfect beings, and meet every person as an equal, not as either a superior or an inferior.

The great person respects himself; he serves and helps, but is never slavishly servile. You cannot help people by doing for them those things which by right they should do for themselves. You do a person an injury when you wait on him too much. The ideal world is not one where there are a lot of people being waited on by other people; it is a world where everybody waits on himself.

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