How to Get Rich: One of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets Hardcover – June 12, 2008
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- Publisher : Portfolio Hardcover; First American Edition (June 12, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591842050
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591842057
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.22 x 1.13 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #355,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He does tell you how to get rich, and warns you that it won't make you any happier or more content, but it will give you more choices. That's about it.
The only question left is, If Felix Dennis had known he would die so early, would he have spent those decades chasing wealth, or simply followed his desire to travel and write poetry, on a more modest budget?
Sprinkled with heavy doses of his poetry to savor a point or illustrate required thinking and action, this book isn't an easy or particularly fun read, I found myself wondering if I really wanted to finish it at several points only because of the colloquialisms he spouts while telling his tale which may require stopping to figure out what he actually meant. But, other than that, he does a great job laying out the steps to becoming rich which may surprise the get rich self-help reader who follows this topic, voraciously reading every popular book on the subject.
It may make you think again if that's your real goal - getting rich. Felix says that he can understand looking back why others chose different paths with raising a family, devoting themselves to a worthy cause or non-profit, because he himself really wonders if it was worth it...NOT! as it turns out, he's too used to his freedom and experiences of the finer things in life that money affords to change his fate now. He shares with you in the book what a real bummer or hassle that having money brings including a long list of needed advisers, financial advisers, tax advisers, supportive well wishers who seek hand-outs, charities, not to mention the minute details and fine print of the tax laws that you'll need to get extra very familiar with.
Dennis cautions what not to do if you want/hope to be rich, and he provides plenty of real life examples of what he experienced to help provide you a solid understanding of what the path looks like once you are on it and just experienced a windfall. He surmises as do many other rich people like him, not surprisingly, that most of the path to riches is paved by those who ACT. He shares that's something that fewer than 2% of the population do for the things that they WANT...and he thinks that most of you won't act and won't get rich.
That's why he feels that there's so much room for those who do and turn it to riches because (there is hardly any competition around anyone that's acting).
There are lots of ways of becoming or being rich which he outlines in the book, but the most powerful points he feels are: to clear your mind, set your feet firmly with determinism to get rich, laugh at your fears that only hold you back and then simply ACT -- you have to act! Oh, there's more to it than that of course, but you'll have to read for yourself.
I gave this a 4 star because it was a good tale of truth but it didn't say anything all that new or amazing. I liked the story because I could relate to the time period and to my own reactions to the experiences I personally had during that same time as I took my turn at becoming rich. It was accurate based on my experiences...every single thing he wrote. But the hardest part then becomes keeping it.
Top reviews from other countries
Really brilliant, timeless practical, personal, business, and strategy advice and insights from a self-made mega-millionaire/billionaire who was written off as stupid by a judge when he was young.
Mr Dennis is brutally honest, unpretentious, and candid about himself and his life, opportunities and luck, and offers excellent free advice to the reader.
Unlike some other current rich men/billionaires, he comes across as a tough but fair cookie (surprise, surprise), not a SOB. Not a rentseeker, not one who seems oblivious to the despair and desperation of their vulnerable people/employees, or who sells their customers' lives and souls to the highest bidder while jealously guarding their own privacy. He sounds like a rich man who genuinely cares about other people, and who is under no illusions as to the Faustian bargain he has willingly agreed to.
The author, now deceased, was an 'original' and will be sorely missed.
His biggest, enduring, life regret was not having children himself. As a father myself, I feel that he did miss out on one of the best experiences in life, and that he would have been just as excellent at it as he demonstrated with friends and relatives.
Personally, I can't recommend this title enough if you are interested in the topic for whatever reason, or his other book "How To Make Money"/ "88 Steps".
"How To Make Money"/ "88 Steps" is a chapter per lesson version that came out after ‘HTGR’. I bought it too, read it, and though most material is the same, I find it a good memory jog to randomly open to read. I haven't regretted buying that book either. I will pass both on to my kids when they are old enough to understand and make wise life choices. You will certainly have an excellent understanding of what is involved, of choices and sacrifices.
Vale, Felix, 'well done me hearty'.
PS: I have nothing against books by authors who studied millionaires, I have learnt from them, they do understand some underlying principles, after all the wealthy speak the same language. However, there is something to reading a book by someone who came from the gutter, and made it. They where right there in the mud just like you are. Their books are more appealing, and seem more genuine than books by the likes of Tony Robbins, Kiyosaki etc authors who seem to have gotten rich by selling books on getting rich. If all you get from a book is feel good motivation you have been duped.
PPS: advice from someone who went from zero to hero, trumps over all. See what I did there ;)
I nominated this book 4 stars because I was looking for more knowledge into investment world and secrets coming from Felix Dennis.