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How to Get Rich: One of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Felix Dennis
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Felix Dennis is an expert at proving people wrong. Starting as a college dropout with no family money, he created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, made himself one of the richest people in the UK, and had a blast in the process.

How to Get Rich is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn't selling snake oil, investment tips, or motivational claptrap. He merely wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why "ownership isn't the important thing, it's the only thing."

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This is not your usual get-rich-quick manual. Though Dennis, a poet (When Jack Sued Jill: Nursery Rhymes for Modern Times) and the founder of a publishing empire (including Maxim magazine), wants to help the reader rank at least among the lesser rich (equal to a net worth of $30 million–$80 million by his definition), he isn't himself motivated by money. With his own fortune estimated at between $400 million and $900 million, he doesn't have to be. Instead, Dennis wants to demystify the money-getting process, and his straight-talking, honest advice makes a refreshing change in this oversaturated field. Using humorous examples from his own business life, Dennis's advice, from The Five Most Common Start-Up Errors to The Power of Focus, might sound like conventional fare, but delivered in his signature bawdy, British style, it's altogether more entertaining—and more practical. Dennis highlights the right strategies and mindset to get readers their millions, but he won't air-brush his story or soften the bitter truth along the way. As he says, when it comes to acquiring wealth, being a bit of a shit helps. (June)
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Imagine an audio with a thundering Charlton Heston–type voice imploring all listeners to fear nothing and no one. That’s the essence of British poet (A Glass Half Full, 2002, and Lone Wolf, 2004) and magazine publisher Dennis’ advice on getting—and staying—rich. Inspirational to the nth degree, Dennis launches his entertaining and anecdote-filled memoir-narrative with a definition of rich, from two tables showing the comfortable poor to the superrich in wealth, either measured by cash in hand/quickly realizable assets or wealth in true net worth. ($2.4 million, in the latter category, by the way, classifies you as the comfortable poor.) He then deliberately destroys every getting-rich myth extant. There is no great idea (witness Ray Kroc and the founding of McDonald’s). And there is no luck or accident in accumulating wealth—just plain hard work and smarts. His other rules? Focus, sell before you need to, and hire talent smarter than you (among others). Common sense abounds, as do stories and snippets of T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, and others, befitting a poet and a self-made man. --Barbara Jacobs

Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591842050
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (June 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017SUYY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
This book is different from all the other get rich books that I have read because it is written by an author who is truly rich (he's one of the richest men in Britain).

Felix Dennis is very honest about what he thinks are absolutely required to become rich, and it's not a walk in the park. It is HARD work. There ARE sacrifices to be made. Desire alone is not enough, you need COMPULSION if you want to become truly rich.

That, and other things that he shares in this book are truly a lot more valuable because they are his personal accounts about his journey from rags to riches, written by the man himself. He really sat down and wrote this book.

It's not one of those Donald Trump books that were authored by some unknown guy who is not rich himself. (Come on, between doing The Apprentice, dating Knauss, dealing with his business, you think The Donald would actually sit down and write a book like this? Get real. It's most probably a ghost writer who chats with him a few times and make it into a book.)

It's not a book written by some guy who made a few millions doing Velcro business and started dreaming up a rich dad and some silly board game that was so bad I stopped playing after 10 minutes.

It's not a book written by some guy who sold his business for a few million then started doing seminars about fixing your mindset to become rich.

Felix Dennis doesn't need your money unlike countless other (in his words) get rich authors--and that is why this book is so honest, and in the long run, useful. Because unlike those countless get rich books, this book doesn't sell an easy dream.
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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RoI you will ever see January 3, 2008
This is an unusually insightful and "straight-talking" book. Consider the following nuggest taken from this book:

*If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent it - it's cheaper on the long run
*The a thousand times more important than a 'great idea'...if execution is perfect, it sometimes barely matters what the idea is
*Many paths can lead to riches, few in sunlight, most in ditches
*Paul Getty: If you can actually count your money, you are not really a rich man
*Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex. You thought of nothing else if you didn't have it, and thought of other things if you did
*Nearly all the great furtunes acquired by entrepreneurs arose because they had nothing to lose
*Conventional wisdom is often right. But when it is wrong, it can offer quite extraordinary opportunities
*Making money is a drug. Not the money itself. The making of the money
*Prompt decisions and orders, right or wrong, are far healthier than endless demate and prevarication
*Team spirit is for losers, financially speaking
*You may not necessarily want to be in a glamorous sector of any market, and they are often very crowded
*How do you judge your own aptitude? Trial and error is the only way I ever heard of
*Your credit rating is extremely precious
*While it may not look like it to you, too seeking too few investment opportunities
*Obtaining the worst part of the whole business of getting rich...
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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick summary of ideas April 9, 2007
By H. Wang
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I'm almost done reading it, and I would like to say that it's a really amusing book (not the Anthony Robbins type). Some take aways:

1) You gotta really really want to make money, more than you want to be happy if needs be. Be compulsively determined.

2) Don't try to cheat the IRS.

3) Delegate. Hire smarter people than you, and pay them very well, but keep ownership.

4) Get rich. Give it away.

5) Timing is very important, more than talent?

6) Execution is more important than the idea. Just go do it.

7) Self-belief is priceless. Confront doubts for facts.

8) Time is the most important thing.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Business Book November 15, 2006
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After suffering through a few books by Robert Kiyosaki and even reading the one that he co-authored with the Donald recently, this was entirely refreshing. Felix is an outstanding writer who, in addition to having gotten himself filthy rich, has clearly spent a lot of time with his reading. His review of the matters one must keep in mind while getting to the top, and his refreshing honesty about many of his personal situations, are just too good to pass up. If you read only one business book this year, make this one it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But this book !! March 10, 2008
Unlike so many of the hucksters out there who made a small fortune through writing books telling others how to get rich, this book is different. The difference being that the author became very rich before writing it. Very rich indeed.

If anything this is an anti self-help book. It doesn't sugar coat the truth or pretend that success is for everyone - but it can be!

Despite being very entertaining and well written, the book really drills down into the issues that make massive achievement so tough as opposed to so many other books that tell us how easy it all is..

He gives us examples of his own business struggles and offers examples from history of people who achieved great things but trod a long frustrating and lonesome path littered with rejection and failures. And we must accept the same if we are to grab the tiger by the tail and cut loose and go for it.

If you are reading this and are someone facing numerous business challenges, are frustrated at your lack of progress, maybe your struggling to win new customers or secure those all important meetings with key buyers? If so, this book is for you. A great insight into the tough road you will have to tread but a very rewarding one if you've the guts to do it.

If you are persuing a worthy goal, then when the going gets tough, this book will give you heart and offer an empoweriing perspective so that you'll really feel your not alone.

Great Read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - Direct and Straightforward
I'd say Mr. Dennis does a good job of telling it like it is, without any niceties or sugar-coating. He doesn't talk so much about the nuts and bolts of starting an enterprise, but... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Trader John
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read
This take on "becoming a millionaire" is very personal, witty, and plain honest. Reads more like an autobiography, but without so often found illusionary pathos. Great read!
Published 1 month ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful information for people who wants to get rich
I read the pdf version and then purchase the hardcopy. That tells you I really like the book. (I still prefer to read a book in my hands then eBook)

It wasn't a get rich... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathon Koh
5.0 out of 5 stars The best how to get rich book I've ever read
If you're an entrepreneur, or you want to get rich via entrepreneurial methods...this book is a MUST READ!
It's that good!
Published 2 months ago by Rjg Environmental Inc.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
This guy is awesome. He's accomplished a great deal. The book is very entertaining and will probably help some people to get going and live their dreams. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stan57
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a bait and switch, but highly entertaining
The book doesn't really give many actionable steps in order to do anything that makes you rich. If anything, this title shows you inside the mind of what it looks like to live an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
This is by far the best book i have read on money. straight to the point. Just grab your copy and you will be glad you did.
Published 3 months ago by ebo anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. I recommend it to EVERYONE who wants to get rich.
Fantastic book. Felix is a great writer, give lots of insight into becoming rich, and has a funny writing style that had me reading through the whole thing within 4 days.
Published 4 months ago by Nick R.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, most direct and honest books I've read in a long...
If the first chapter doesn't hook you, then probably not much else in the book will. The first chapter was the reason I read the book, and I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Saddler
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal
This is my third time reading this book. What I like about it is that he gives a realistic picture of what it really takes to reach his level of success. Read more
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Exert printed in UK Times
The Times has set-up a new database (ece) structure for archived articles and the link that Charles posted in July of '06 is no longer good. The new url for the mentioned excerpt is:

Good book, by the way.
Apr 5, 2007 by Mike Donovan |  See all 4 posts
Is this a book about the tour?
This is not about his Poetry tour. It is a wonderfully written account of how he got rich, and advice on the getting of money, and perhaps why it is not a good idea.
Mar 24, 2011 by Jimboquick |  See all 2 posts
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