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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
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The problem I have with the book is that EVERY page is about his magazine company, Computer shopper, and any other publisher that was around at the time. I really don't need to hear so much about magazines. If you read the book you will have magazine stories out your ears. Perhaps that is good for a publisher, but for the general public, it is about as interesting as watching paint dry.
I find myself skimming through parts about rambling on about the magazine industry. The book is not a total waste and you will probably get some good ideas from it. It's just that you are going to really work to find the ideas in between all the magazine industry fluf. Each chapter I kept thinking, whew glad that was over. Then another chapter about the magazine industry.
Felix Dennis has walked the walk and his teachings are from trial and error life experiences. Experience is the best teacher.
At times he does go on a bit of a rant, but then he can, it's his book. The solid advice makes up for his ranting tenfold.
Although most of is information is centered around his experience in the magazine publishing industry, it can be applied in any business.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is in business, thinking about getting into business for themselves or even a gift for a new graduate just entering into the business world. This book will surely give them another way of looking at the business world.
I highly recommend it!
It's a fascinating, actionable read penned by a complex, one-of-a-kind character.
My only big complaint is that I think a lot of what Felix Dennis did to get rich does not necessarily apply in businesses that require a bit more brainpower--like software or technology vs. printing words and pictures on paper and finding people to buy it. Regardless, this book is pure gold--if not a bit obvious to some of us who have been around the block but are still merely "comfortably poor."
I also wonder if Felix would change his opinion on Steve Jobs as he wrote it in this book circa 2006. Since the printing of this book, Jobs has transformed the entire mobile and consumer electronics industry with the iPhone and toppled Microsoft in market cap. Perhaps Felix's skeptical tone is different today.
Definitely give it a read!
It is FAR too wordy, unfocused, and the writing is bad to be honest.
There really isn't too much valuable information in this book.
Like my review title says this could be summarized into a few pages.
This book opened my eyes about the employee-owner relationship. I've been an employee most of my life, and I no longer wish to be mere "talent" that will be exploited by the owners. That's how much of my life has been so far ... what Dennis writes about accurately describes my experiences as an employee. And why be an employee? I'd rather be an owner.
I ran my own semi-successful business for two years. Then I became an employee again, for 4 years. I'm going to give entrepreneurship another go.
This book is about making money, about death, about what matters, about conquering fear.
If you have no interest at all in becoming rich, this book still has value because of the life lessons it contains.
This book is among my favorite business books. I recommend it. Here are my favorite business books:
"How to Get Rich"
"Screw It, Just Do It" by Richard Branson.
"Anything You Want" by Derek Sivers
"The E-Myth" by Michael Gerber
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A must-read to any aspiring entrepreneur!