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How to Get Rich

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,997 ratings  ·  333 reviews
'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.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Ebury Press
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Lena
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Mohammad
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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Robert Gryn
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book that I read twice before starting my own business (now valued at $180M). It is a must read for anyone ever seriously considering starting their own business. Looking back I can clearly see just how much I took away from Felix's story. He helped me manage my expectations for becoming rich and I feel that without this book I wouldn't have come as far as I have. Thank you, RIP. ...more
Bartosz Majewski
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
I first encountered this book through codewise founder - Rob Gryn and his vlog. Since he obviously got rich and recommended that book i was interested in it. Then i found out that it was written by Felix Dennis who's net worth was around 750m in 2007 when he wrote it. And he made a big chunk of his money in publishing. He managed to become rich while in publishing. In XXI century. What an accomplishment. Since he made his money himself he has something to back his claims.

Since most of the peopl
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Bill
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 intereste
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Daniel
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don’t get fooled by the title. This book is different from other books with similar titles (or so I would assume as I have not read the others) because the author has actually done it in real life.

The book contains many useful – and sometimes brutally honest – truths. I know this from personal experience and have seen many of the principles discussed at work in real life.

This book is for you that have a strong urge to quit your current job which is not challenging and developing to instead be yo
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Nicholas
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Leah
Been wanting to read this for 6 years! Crazy lol it's a great book, fairly simple, easy to read, big main points, not much detail.
I love Britain's Felix Dennis take on things, he makes it simple and clear, with a poetic flair.
He owned and operated a publishing company that sold magazines.
Felix was a greedy negotiator lol
Delegate your weaknesses, and the goal should be to delegate almost everything. Make sure you delegate well, micromanagement is the worst and it shows distrust in your colleag
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Szymon Kulec
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5, I really liked it.

This book is the strangest mixture of poetry, ego, wine, sex (barely mentioned with numbers), money and business that I read. I disliked the poetry, I laughed at ego, I was astonished by wine consumption, I ... 14?, I liked the proof of the reality behind money and business.

This is not a self help book, this is not a beautiful story about amazing world. It's a book about getting rich. I'm sure that after reading this book, some people will loose the interest in maki
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Tiago Soares
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a book! Full of though truths that people who want to accumulate wealth and big build businesses need to know.

Even though I have read many books on the topic, I must admit this cuts short on the woo-woo stuff. On top of that, I must admit it was also very entertaining.

Felix Dennis is not someone who I want to emulate, but certainly someone who earned my respect and that I have lots to learn from.

P.S.: I'm aware of his death.
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Jim
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
KnowledgeSpecter
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Felix Dennis is a bootstrapped entrepreneur. The book did not sugarcoat a thing. It is truly the best book I’ve read regarding wealth creation. There are no sugarcoating methods and many hard truths.

Felix always gave personal anecdotes which made the lessons stick even harder.

The book is divided into 5 sections (reasons not to get rich, getting started, getting rich, troubleshooting & endgame) with a prologue called “How Rich?”.

The four different sections covered:
- Part One—> Reasons not to get
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Lech Kaniuk
How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis is about becoming rich but not about being a good person nor a great leader or manager. It’s Felix reflections about how to get rich. I don’t necessarily agree with everything but with some I do. Here are a few of his advice:
- Cut loose from negative influence and never give in.
- ignore “great ideas”. Concentrate on great execution!
- Focus.
- Hire talent smarter than you. Delegate and share the annual pie.
- Ownership is the real “secret”. Hold on to every percenta
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Daniel
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really excited by this book, because already in first few pages Felix was telling me that in this book we will discover HOW TO GET RICH. Unfortunately, as many books promise ''something'' Felix is swift at saying what the reader wants to read, but not delivering it. This book is suitable for someone who already has a business, and not a small business but probably something like a small corporation. In fact, he gives his example how he got rich through magazines industry which he was/is in ...more
Ethan Drower
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title may make you scoff, but Felix Dennis is actually a terrific writer and poet. He focuses on the psychological toll the getting of wealth can take on one, and provides great practical advice for those that are interested in the journey to getting wealth.
Danny Draper
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most useful and certainly most entertaining books I have ever read in this genre. Felix Dennis is frank, both about the trials and tribulations of getting rich, and his own life.

Here is an animated video summary I made of this great book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImkl...

Key takeaway points:

• Don’t let your life be ruled by fear. You can’t care what the neighbours think. Starting a business with the aim to make millions will often mean you’ll be shamefully grovelling fo
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Mary
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A Book Review on Felix Dennis’s: How to get Rich
How to get Rich, a book published in 2006 by Felix Dennis, is a portrayal of not only the steps one must take to acquire wealth, but is also focused on the sacrifices made in order to be successful. The realism of his writing is unlike any other book I have read on the process of becoming wealthy. This is due to Dennis’s many paradoxes and analogies, which are used to portray a rather pessimistic pi
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DeLaney
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A humorous, crass, but honest approach to giving advice on how to make money, but more importantly how to figure out what you want in life. This book doesn't sugar coat a thing and for that I love it. ...more
Ahmad Abugosh
Jan 24, 2022 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this anecdotal book on how a titan of the publishing industry made his fortune. The main takeaways I got were

1) Don't be scared of starting a business

2) You need equity / ownership over everything else to actually get rich. Everything else is wage slavery.
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Gert Kulla
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
nothing special
Chris Scott
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Pragmatic guidance interwoven with great selections of poetry. Like the author says in the third chapter, "this is not a calling for the faint-hearted. There is no shame in turning away. After all, if everyone was willing to make the necessary sacrifices, who would be around to work for my own companies?" ...more
Abhi Yerra
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For such a douchy title, it is one of the best books on business I’ve read. Sort of covers everything from hiring smart people, picking execution over an idea, compensation, negotiation, ownership structure and how pointless being rich actually is to actual personal goals. It is highly entertaining and a great read and I learned a lot.
Henrik Haapala
2021-08-27 update:

This is an unconventional, surprising book. Why do I say that? For starters it’s an unusual (rich) type of author. Part one is called “reasons NOT to get rich”, inverting our question. (It’s easy to miss!) Dennis proves to be a quick witted, funny mind - turning conventional wisdom upside down - young and penniless? Great news; everybody envies you, including Dennis. And he did make his money legit through his businesses and as he says spent hundreds of millions on his lifestyl
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Jayme Cochrane
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Blunt. Vulgar. Great stories. Terrible title.
Neil Sharma
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Alexey Shurygin
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual “get rich quick” scam. I’m half through the book and have already found two deep insights. Thanks @naval for recommending it.
Seemy
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Nic Brisbourne
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Mary Mimouna
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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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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