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How to Get Rich [Paperback]

Felix Dennis
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2 Aug 2007

'Making money is a knack, a knack that can be acquired. And if someone like me can become rich, then so can you - no matter what your present circumstances. Here is how I did it and what I learned along the way.' So writes Felix Dennis, who believes that almost anyone of reasonable intelligence can become rich, given sufficient motivation and application.

How To Get Rich is a distillation of his business wisdom. Primarily concerned with the step-by-step creation of wealth, it ruthlessly dissects the business failures and financial triumphs of 'a South London lad who became rich virtually by accident'. Part manual, part memoir, part primer, this book is a template for those who are willing to stare down failure and transform their lives.

Canny, infuriating, cynical and generous by turns, How To Get Rich is an invaluable guide to 'the surprisingly simple art of collecting money which already has your name on it'.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091921668
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Felix Dennis was imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine. After his acquittal on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-eighties. Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Computer Shopper and Maxim. The annual Sunday Times Rich List estimates that Felix Dennis is the 65th richest individual in the UK. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published by Hutchinson and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004. His third collection, When Jack Sued Jill, was published by Ebury Press in November 2006. His other interests include planting trees and he divides his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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"Compulsive and highly entertaining" (Observer)

"Wise, fearlessly frank and truly inspirational ... If this book doesn't get you rich, nothing ever will" (Mail on Sunday)

"Lively, authoritative ... full of honest insights. As good a guide to making it in the business as I have ever read" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Absorbing, provocative and huge fun" (The Times)

"Well-founded advice based on hard-won experience" (Financial Times)

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How to make money and get rich - by Felix Dennis, one of Britain's wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to get Rich 5 Sep 2006
This is not the book to buy if you are expecting a step by step guide to making money. Felix Dennis has undoubtedly amassed a fortune in a somewhat unconventional manner and shares a number of his somewhat unique tactics in a very readable and interesting book. It will probably not appeal to those who haven't already got a business background as some of the references assume familiarity with finance, corporate share dealing, boardroom behaviour and negotiating tactics. In places it also has a distinctly American feel to it and the mixing of transatlantic terminology sometimes confuses.
Dennis, like all self made men is extremely single minded, in his case to the point of paranoia about never diluting his share ownership of any business and an obsession with wealth.
What also comes across is a man who has a chequered background and has indulged in binge spending on drink, drugs and women. In his defence he does acknowledge this openly and regret these errors. On the other hand he makes no apology for not giving a damn about what other people think. He is insistent that you can't become rich if you seek popularity and praise.
He is highly critical of the tax system operating in the country which he sees as far too complicated and and indicator of the perverse nature of the type of capitalism practised in the UK. "Foolish, self-defeating and cowardly" is his description of our tax laws, descriptions that could never be applied to the author.
A fascinating read but more for an insight into one of our entrepreneurs than a blueprint for others to follow.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get rich by someone who really is rich 20 April 2007
Felix Dennis is someone who doesn't need to write a book like this for the money. He already has plenty. So; he's not looking to set up a franchise by selling sugar coated advice to dreamers in the hope they'll keep coming back for more.

If anything; as Felix says; this is an anti self help book as it describes in real detail how much committment you will need to make it happen. But anyone can make it happen;- the man says so. Its just going to take a lot of guts, courage and drive along the way. To highlight this he uses frequent examples of others who trod a similar path.

For anyone thinking of going into business; the section on never giving up is worth the price alone. He's fond of quoting from literature and advises us to read Vincent Van Gogh's 'Letters to my Brother' describing the heartbreaking struggle that the artist endured in his lifetime. Felix tells us of his own struggle, how he was reduced to putting old furniture on the fire in winter to keep warm and despite being under great pressure from his (soon to be gone) girlfriend to get a 'regular' job, he too never gave up. He tells us that we must be the same; that starting any business is tough as you must ask and pester for capital or sales. He says its humiliating and soul destroying - because it always is. But you must never give up.

I found this useful as starting a business can be a tiring and lonely road. I think that this book and others like it make you realise that its the same for everyone. There are no magic bullets or routes to easy street. Your going to have to do a lot of asking and face a lot of rejection along the way whether your the author of this book or anyone else for that matter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waffling at its finest 4 July 2011
This book is a little bit like a visit to a psychologist. A psychologist won't change your life. You will have to do it yourself but he will give you tips and ideas and provide you with reassurance and encouragement. Dennis too gives you tips (on how to get on track to get your hands on that elusive million) but of course it's up to you, the reader, to execute your own ideas. So this book will be perfect for whoever has already been toying with the idea of starting a business venture as it will give them the final push to actually do it. The core message of the book is: Believe in yourself and get started, stay focussed while executing your idea, surround yourself with talent and stay in control of your own company until it's time to harvest the fruits of your labour. This message makes sense and I am almost certain, that every successful self-made business man is likely to agree with Dennis on this. My gripe with this book is that its message has been panned out to 328 pages. What could have been a very interesting longish article in Esquire perhaps makes, in my opinion, a very tiresome read. It's repetitive in places and there is loads and loads of waffle to s----t----r----e-----t-----c----h the content as much as possible. But worse of all I found the author's distracting and in my opinion not even good poems which are scattered throughout the book (obviously another attempt to bump up the content even more). Here is an example:

Wishes are fishes(sic!) that swim in the nets
Of castaways' souls by the shores of the dead,
Where coins are as rare as a ferryman's debts,
And nobody cares what you did, or you said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic and honest book on this subject ..... At last!
Have read many get rich quick books and I can say that this is certainly the most 'real' of all of them. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr Peter Apostolou
5.0 out of 5 stars Very recommended.
Great book. It didn't make me rich yet but changed my views on my career. It helped me decide to leave my 9 to 5 to try it on my own.
Published 4 days ago by Mr Maciej L Drahusz
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is very very misleading
Look, I'm not complaining about Felix Dennis - I'm sure he wrote this book in good faith as he sees it. It's sort of mournful about success, i.e. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emmet
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted.
If you want to know what to do to become Rich then this is the book for you. Be warned: this is not a self help book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need
There really is no other book you need if you're serious about getting rich
I have followed everything Felix has said in setting up my own company
Published 6 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Get Rich
I loved this book - raw and funny... His poetry is terrific too. Look forward to another reading launch one day. Thanks !
Jules Palliser
Published 10 months ago by jeulie palliser
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it.
If you only read one book on becoming successful, make it this one. Felix is an inspiration, yet down to Earth and honest with his advice and experiences. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Graham Low
3.0 out of 5 stars how to get rich
this book obviously doesn't tell you how to get rich, but i suppose it does clarify what the mindset needed to pursue wealth is. a nice motivational read.
Published 11 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading
Felix Dennis is direct and to the point. He first explains why you should be careful what you wish for and then goes on to discuss business ideas (if you are stuck trying to think... Read more
Published 12 months ago by CathMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is right up my street in terms of how the characters see the world in terms of making the best of your life, and how our education system really doesnt not educate our kids in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Clarke
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