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

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An outspoken entrepreneurial dynamo reveals the secrets behind his self-made fortune

Starting as a college dropout with no family money, Felix Dennis made himself the sixty-fifth richest individual in the U.K. And had a blast in the process.

How to Get Rich, his #1 British bestseller, is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn’t selling snake oil, inv
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Portfolio Hardcover
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Lena
Jan 26, 2012 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, business
I don't have much interest in "How to get rich" books, in part because they are so often written by people who a.) overestimate the skill and underestimate the luck that brought them their own success or b.) made more money writing books telling people how to get rich than they ever did at whatever business they were previously in.

I decided to give this one a try, however, since it was written by Felix Dennis, a man who had the foresight to purchase a major stake in the crack-like news periodic
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Tim Pendry
Aug 16, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone young, losers who blame others, relatives of losers who blame others
This is a book that I am going to pass straight on to my seventeen year old son, not because of its insights into business (although it rings true on that account) but because of its insights into human nature and into the world 'out there' that he is going to have to negotiate in the coming years.

Like all sons, he won't listen to his Dad (and no real reason why he should) but he might listen to 'uncle' Felix.

Why should he? Because Felix Dennis is going to stop him wasting a lot of time believ
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Bill
Aug 14, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it sounds like one of those "get rich quick" books that often make it to the top of bestseller lists, "How to Get Rich" by Felix Dennis is the real thing.

Dennis is a British multi-millionaire AND poet. The combination makes for intriguing reading.

Most importantly, he doesn't cut corners or beat around the bush. He tells the reader what it really takes. And, for most people, the commitment, sacrifice and pure energy required to become rich will simply be too much.

But, if you're interested i
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Mohammad
Mar 08, 2016 Mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to get rich
I listened to the audio version. It had a British accent. Fun to listen to. I don’t know if the narrator and the author was the same or not.
It starts with personal characteristics necessary for getting rich; Pig-headed determination, stamina, boldness, self-belief, persistence, and of course, execution.
Then it shows you how to get capital, upsides and downsides of every method, errors entrepreneurs usually make, cash flow, how to negotiate, importance of ownership, delegation, inc
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Vaishali Joglekar
Possibly one of the most important books I've ever read, from the late founder of Dennis Publishing. His personal fortune was estimated at 600 million.
A very brass tacks -sometimes vulgar - testimony on how he amassed his wealth.
The following notes still omit a tremendous amount of useful info, so please read the book ! :)

NOTES :
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The term "rich" starts at a total asset value of $22-$60 million. This is also known as "the lesser rich".

You will never get rich if you:
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Jim
It takes the immortal words of C Montgomery Burns of The Simpsons to summarise this book: "Family, religion, friends.. these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business." Felix Dennis is an eccentric, a character, a legend in his own wine-fueled lunchtime, and let's be thankful for it. In terms of having a voice, this book is one of the most forceful, and enjoyable books I've read for a long time. Felix harangues you from almost every page. So you want to be rich? Okay. ...more
Nicholas
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Angelo Karageorgos
This is a really excellent book from a person that has achieved everything he claims. He doesn't sell cheap advice or unrealistic expectations. That's the most important thing.

After Dennis acquired a lot of money through the magazine business only then was able to calmly focus on the love of his life, poetry. And this is a lesson to all of us or to all those who read "self-development" advice that just says do what you love and will make you rich... Only a few people have the luck(?) to have suc
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Neil Sharma
The title sounds like it was conceived by a snake oil salesman who wrote a self-help book. I almost skipped this one, but the good reviews got the better of me. I'm glad I read it, though I think a better name is 'Entrepreneur's Manifesto'.

This book is anything from a self-help book -- Felix's advice often warns people of the perils entailed from the desire to be ostentatiously rich, and reiterates that reading this book will not make you any money.

Rather, it is about a rich, retired media mogul
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Brandon Seevers
Just like the other reviews have stated, this book doesn't have some swift Ponzi scheme to create wealth. It's more like a swift kick in the ass to create motivation. Mr. Dennis didn't write this for a paycheck (he receives plenty of those, estimate net worth, 1.5 Billion); he's able to be highly blunt and he's not selling you anything. Much of what he speaks may come off as common knowledge, it just sounds considerably more legitimate coming from a man who has built an empire from basically scr ...more
Mohamed Embaby
Sep 09, 2011 Mohamed Embaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع فى ريادة الاعمال
هذا الكتاب يحكى كيف صنع اغنى ناشر مجلات بانجلترا وواحدا من أصحاب المشاريع عبر القارية نفسه من البداية المعدمة الى ان اصبح ما اصبح عليه، يتكلم فليكس دنيس فى هذا الكتاب عن نجاحه وفشله واسرار صناعته للثروة وبأخطائه فى رحلة صعوده لدنيا المال والاعمال
ليس هذا الكتاب وصفة سحرية ولن يرشدك إلى السعادة التى لا يشتريها المال ولن يجعل منك إنسانا أفضل.. فهذا امر آخر. فليكس يخبرك بأنه يتطلب منك طريق الثراء ان تكون ضاريا متبلدا مثابرا مستقيما في جميع تعاملاتك.. يتطلب منك التحرر من ك
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Mary Mimouna
Jun 19, 2016 Mary Mimouna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book some time ago and still have it as a permanent addition to my bookshelf.

I especially recall two points from the book that I want to share with other readers.

Dennis was broke and unemployed and ended up becoming a successful self-made millionaire. His book is the fascinating and hopeful story of how he did it, through TAKING ACTION, rather than just dreaming and talking.

The other really useful thing is that he discusses how and why one passes through the stage of reckless hedon
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Richard
Dec 18, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up-reading
I started off enjoying this book. It's definitely not a "self development" book, and neither is it a biography either - although it could be argued it contains elements of both.

The late Mr. Dennis has a very open and honest approach to describing his life and his fortunes (both good and bad) and this book weaves lessons on how to get rich with stories from Dennis' own life (which offer context and background) as well as a lot of poetry (one of Dennis' passions).

Unfortunately, after a few chapter
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Joanna
Nov 07, 2014 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A how-to-get-rich book written by a millionaire poet. Interesting stuff.

"Rich enough to live where you want, to go where you want, to do what you want, to meet who you want. Rich enough to buy the only two things apart from health and love worth fussing about in life. Time. And the option of not having to be in any particular place on any particular day doing any particular thing in order to pay the rent or the mortgage."

"Team spirit is for losers, financially speaking. It's the glue that binds
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Heidi
Dec 18, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book, quite readable, by a very funny man. I will most likely not follow his path or patterns, as we are very different temperaments. but he gives some really good advice on attaining and keeping wealth. Through many lessons he had to learn himself.
Oli
Mar 03, 2016 Oli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decided to read this because I'd heard that it was pretty 'real' and, seeing as though my last book is about 'realness', I thought I'd better check it out.

'Happy' to say that there's a lot of overlap between some of the lessons I've learned in my own life so far and some of the things that Dennis has to say after actually 'making it'. Ultimately, it all boils down to 'personal responsibility' and acknowledging that action is the only real cure for anything. The hard part is clearing the polluti
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Andreas Michaelides
I remember distinctly that one of the first things he says in his book is that there is no recipe for getting rich, a nice autobiography of the writers; I love the fact that he started his business publishing a magazine about Bruce lee and he was the first to cover the events from his death.
A very down to earth informative book that shows in real time what you need to do to get rich, but there are no guaranties, what I understood in order to get rich is to take risks and to take risks you need t
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Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it it was amazing
A must-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
Brandon Bellinghausen
Much, much better than I was expecting it to be.

Dennis writes honestly and bluntly communicates that there are many reasons why certain people will not get rich. He does not paint the blithe and naive picture that most get-rich-quick or self-help authors do (i.e. "If you follow these 7 steps..."), but rather honestly walks through the sacrifices and skills involved in the pursuit of wealth.

I have concluded that I will never be rich because of what I value and what I would like to achieve with
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Fotis Chatzinicolaou
Αν υπάρχει κάτι που λατρεύω σε βιβλία επιχειρηματικότητας είναι να διαβάζω το τι έχουν καταφέρει άνθρωποι που έγιναν πλούσιοι ΠΡΙΝ βγάλουν ένα βιβλίο επιχειρηματικότητας και όχι ΑΦΟΤΟΥ το βγάλουν.

Στο How to Get Rich, ο Felix Dennis μας λέει πως έγινε πλούσιος πριν το βιβλίο.

Απλό ανάγνωσμα σχετικά, αρκετές ιστορίες από την ζωή του Felix και για τις δύσκολες αποφάσεις που έπρεπε να πάρει για να γίνει εκατομμυριούχος. Μέσα στο βιβλίο υπάρχουν κάποια tips τα οποία θα πρέπει να έχεις κάποια ιδέα περ
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Achtung Englander
Feb 01, 2016 Achtung Englander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
It is odd to read a book whose author died half way through reading the book. The words in the book take on a magical effect from "this guy has a point" to "this guy had a point". Weird.

The book itself is excellent. A totally no bullshit advice on the sort of character you need to become to get rich. Most book of this kind all have a common message "do not be scared to go for it". This one is more honest in that Dennis says to become really rich you have to think like a predator. The business (
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Adam
Apr 30, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm almost done with this book. Very well written by the owner of Maxim, Blender, PC World, MicroWarehouse, etc. etc. This guy is a down to earth guy who will tell you straight in your face how the game of "getting rich" works which is what makes reading this book really enjoyable. I first learned about this person when I watched his TED appearance and before reading this book I encourage watching the video first: http://www.ted.com/talks/publisher_fe...
Saša Tomislav
Oct 22, 2012 Saša Tomislav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biz
As Felix Dennis self-described "anti self-help book", this gem deals with the real side of getting rich.
The gritty, no-nonsense, get-it-done side of business. It's ruthless and sincere. He doesn't shy away from describing his own mistakes, and he urges the reader to review his own motivations and aspirations. It's not enough to want to get rich, it's not enough to have a desire. A drive, a compulsion is crucial. Stamina is crucial. Growing a thick skin is important.

The book acknowledges the fact
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Bill Harrison
Dec 23, 2009 Bill Harrison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The young and ambitious. Those who appreciate British humor.
Recommended to Bill by: Andrew Sheppard
This is not the type of book that I typically like and had it not been highly recommended by my good friend Shep, I would not have read it. Does the world really need another "Here's how I got rich and how you can to" book with all the attendant back-patting and self worship of the egocentric author? But this book has an interesting twist and I think it is a very worthwhile read. The author did make a large fortune by founding a publishing empire but his story is more of a cautionary tale than a ...more
Nic Brisbourne
Sep 12, 2011 Nic Brisbourne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felix Dennis gets across some important messages using humorous and well crafted prose. Overall, a very enjoyable book for anyone interested in the character traits of successful entrepreneurs (defined as those acquiring 15m or more).

Felix's primary interest is in giving advice to those who would be rich, and his main piece of advice is not to embark on the journey of getting rich unless you really, really want to be rich. As Fhe sees it, and I agree, trying and failing is far worse than not try
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Waseem
Dec 17, 2014 Waseem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't continue to ignore this book as it kept coming up in my life as recommendations ... Similar books I've purchased via amazon and glowing reviews .. So I finally got round to reading it . And to be honest I don't see what the big fuss is about .. Granted it is a ' good book' so in a way I dnt have a lot complain about .. Yet I think am bring abit harsh - because I was expecting so much from it...

If you remotely liked this book I HIGHLY recommend and ( prefer ) a similar straight talking
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Dawn Buffham-Bates
Jun 16, 2009 Dawn Buffham-Bates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone thinking of becoming a SMEM
Loved it! for the reasons that it was direct, no nonsense and highlighted a lot of mistakes made by people running businesses - myself included. I spotted quite a few of the mistakes I have made in business - some I realised and corrected, some I was still unaware of.

I found the whole thing about becoming insanely rich quite confronting. Yes I want a nice life and do not wish to worry about spending, I want to know that I do not have to check my bank account before making changes to my property
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Thomas Cooper
Mar 08, 2016 Thomas Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author (sadly departed) is as brash as the title, however don't be put off thinking that this is some self help idiots that make their money from selling $5,000 weekend conferences.

For me, getting rich is a secondary result of building a company who's products or services improve societies lot. This book kicks anyone eager to start such a company up the arse - hard. Just get a discrete cover or the ebook version when sat reading it on the beach!
Neil Soni
Jan 31, 2015 Neil Soni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't realize the book's title would be somewhat ironic - or how self-deprecating Felix Dennis is. One of the best/most entertaining business books I've read. Felix Dennis keeps it real. Shouldn't have expected anything less from a guy who became a world class poet after getting rich and donated a huge percentage of his fortune DURING his lifetime (as opposed to billionaires who donate it after they die). Read this.
Richter
Sep 15, 2014 Richter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read. Dennis has a very unique voice and comes across very honest. It definitely feels like he has accumulated some wisdom on his way to his riches and some of it made it in this book.

The advice goes beyond just getting rich and is much more profound than what you get to read on most blogs on the topic.
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Felix Dennis (born 1947 in Kingston-upon-Thames, United Kingdom) was a British magazine publisher and philanthropist. His privately owned company, Dennis Publishing, pioneered computer and hobbyist magazine publishing in the United Kingdom. In more recent times the company has added lifestyle titles such as its flagship brand The Week, which is published in Britain, the United States and Australia ...more
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