- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591842719
- ISBN-13: 978-1591842712
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How to Get Rich: One of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets Paperback – May 26, 2009
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
THE EIGHT SECRETS TO GETTING RICH Analyse your need. Desire is insufficient. Compulsion is mandatory. Cut loose from negative influences. Never give in. Stay the course. Ignore ‘great ideas’. Concentrate on great execution. Focus. Keep your eye on the ball marked ‘The Money Is Here’. Hire talent smarter than you. Delegate. Share the annual pie. Ownership is the real ‘secret’. Hold on to every percentage point you can. Sell before you need to, or when bored. Empty your mind when negotiating. Fear nothing and no one. Get rich. Remember to give it all away.
This isn't a how-to guide. It's a how-i-got rich story that tells both the best and worst parts of the process. Felix doesn't sugarcoat anything, and really makes you think about what you want from life.
If you want to get rich, this is a great book to read. It will make you be that much more sure of your decision if that is the case.
If you just want to read a great story, this is still a great book to read about how the other half lives.
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