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How to Get Rich

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,042 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
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, i ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Portfolio
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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
Tim Pendry
Jun 07, 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
Aug 09, 2015 Vaishali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
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 ! :)

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:
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
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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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
May 10, 2017 Saeed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب برای تفریح نوشته شده نه برای ثروتمند شدن، دنیس نویسنده ی کتاب خیلی آدم فان و باحالیه ولی رو بازی نمیکنه
هر چی ک به عنوان مهارت های ثروتمند شدن میگه، اکثرش رو میتونید تویه وبلاگ ها بخونید، هیچ چیز جدیدی نمیگه
این کتاب وسیله ای برای پول دار شدن بیشترش

دوست نداشتم به این کتاب این قدر کم ریت بدم چون دوست خوبم محمد فایل صوتیش رو برام فرستاده بود ولی کتاب لیاقتش از این بیشتر نیست، در عوض
این کتاب محمد من بهت کتاب زیر رو معرفی میکنم
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
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
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
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
hamada mostfa
يقدم الكتاب نصائح جيده حول العمل الحر واعتقد انه سيكون مفيدا لكل من يفكر فى انشاء عمل خاص
واتى بناء الكتاب بشكل جيد حيث افتتح المؤلف كتابه بجزء خاص بكيف يقضى الانسان على مخاوفه من الفشل فى العمل الخاص ويتناول بعد ذلك نصائح خاصه ببداية انشاء المشروع واتى بالفعل بنصائح هامه وفعاله ثم يتطرق لكيف يتعامل مع الثروه وكيف يحافظ عليها وينميها

الا اننى احذر من ان هناك من الأفكار التى تبناها المؤلف ما يخالف تماما اخلاقنا وقيمنا ودياناتنا ... لذا وجب التنويه

كتبت هذا التعليق بعد اطلاعى على الطبعه العربيه من
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.
Lori Grant
A must-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
Mar 20, 2017 Jero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Wow this was a really entertaining book, loved the intertwined humor Mr. Dennis uses to convey his message about this cliche topic. He pointed quite correctly, that there are many other things more important in life than money, but as any other person in a free country we are free to choose whatever road we want to take. So he writes what he has learned about it for any of those who wish to walk that path. IMHO one of the best books on this topic, from somebody who actually went through all of i ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Franta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felix Dennis got rich before writing this book, here he describes how he did it. He is frank, to the point and writes very readably. I will just continue with some memorable quotes from the book.

"The assumption that you might be able to achieve some goal if you only wish hard enough is not just a f***-up. It's a potential personal tragedy."

"Life is not some kind of rehearsal. Why, then, do so many people punish
themselves in this way? The answer, in almost every case, is that they were
Lee Penney
Jun 02, 2016 Lee Penney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felix Dennis was a poet and philanthropist, but more importantly — for this book at least — he was also the founder of Dennis Publishing, which grew from a single title into a behemoth that gave him an estimated net worth in the hundreds of millions.

There’s plenty of advice in this book, but unlike many of the other self-help books (that Dennis lambastes) it is also interspersed with stories from his own career and passing remarks about those of people he knows. This isn’t a sunny tale filled wi
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
Jose Amezcua
Feb 18, 2017 Jose Amezcua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a really good advice of how to get rich. Work for your own. Cut off negative people. Work hard!
Saša Tomislav
Sep 11, 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
Dec 09, 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
Dawn Bates
Dec 25, 2008 Dawn 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
Nov 14, 2013 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
Bill Harrison
Oct 19, 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
Achtung Englander
May 23, 2014 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 (
Nic Brisbourne
Aug 11, 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 tr
Mihai Pintilie
How to get rich by Felix Dennis - From The Vault

1. Nothing is infallable
Don't be too optimistic or too pessimistic, be a 7

Mark Cuban said he'll work like hell 2 years so he can party afterwards.. And he formed amazing habits after that

2. Chunking starting small

3. You can't do it alone:
Identify people
Hire, do the work
Nurture, reward
Protect, when you're with me it works

How many people stayed the same in your opinion as the first time you saw them

How many people that you identified were
Feb 20, 2016 Tony 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
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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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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“When you come across real talent, it is sometimes worth allowing them to create the structure in which they choose to labor. In nine cases out of ten, by inviting them to take responsibility and control for a new venture, you will motivate them to do great things.” 8 likes
“Talent is indispensable, although it is 'always' replaceable. Just remember the simple rules concerning talent:
Identify It,
Hire It,
Nurture It,
Reward It,
Protect It.
And when the time comes, Fire It.”
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