Felix Dennis is an expert at proving people wrong. Starting as a college dropout with no family money, he created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, made himself one of the richest people in the UK, and had a blast in the process.
How to Get Rich is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn't selling snake oil, investment tips, or motivational claptrap. He merely wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why "ownership isn't the important thing, it's the only thing."
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Felix Dennis is the chairman of Dennis Publishing, which publishes The Week among many other magazines. He was the founder of Maxim, one of the most successful new magazines of the last decade. He has written several volumes of poetry that have been performed live onstage by the Royal Shakespeare Company. His other interests include breeding rare pigs, drinking French wine, collecting first edition books, and avoiding business meetings. He has homes in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, New York City, Connecticut, and the Caribbean island of Mustique.
Table of Contents
Preface: Can This Book Really Make Me Rich? xv
Author's Note for American Readers xxvii
Introduction: How Rich? 1
Part 1 Reasons Not To Get Rich
1 Pole Positions 11
2 A Million to One 20
Part 2 Getting Started
3 Harnessing the Fear of Failure 29
4 The Search 40
5 The Fallacy of the Great Idea 59
6 Obtaining Capital 71
7 Never Give In 82
8 The Five Most Common Start-Up Errors 89
Part 3 Getting Rich
9 Cardinal Virtues 111
10 A Few Words About Luck 135
11 The Art of Negotiating 148
12 Ownership! Ownership! Ownership! 168
13 The Joys of Delegation 185
14 A Piece of the Pie 196
15 The Power of Focus 215
Part 4 Troubleshooting and Endgame
16 Whoops! 235
17 A Recap for Idlers 250
18 How to Stay Rich 272
19 The Eight Secrets to Getting Rich 284
20 Remember to Duck! 286
What People are Saying About This
"Well-founded advice based on hard-won experience."
"Nothing if not entertaining, even inspiring."
"An unexpected gem."
-Forbes "Engaging and blunt."
"Entertaining and practical advice."
"If Machiavelli sat down at his iMac to confect The Billionaire Prince, it might sound remarkably like Felix Dennis's How to Get Rich."
-The Wall Street Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book because of an ad I saw in "The Week", a weekly magazine that I would recommend to anyone who reads this review. The ad described the book as both "humorous and instructional". I bought the book, not to get rich (because I've been down that road to many times before) but rather to read the humorous part. The author fails in both areas. This book doesn't tell you how to get rich, but the details of how he got rich (there is a finite population for magazine publishers). Even though I admire and respect the author, his advice for getting rich is more relevant to those who are starting out with a truck load of cash. His advice is to get the best staff of managers, lawyers, accountants and personal assistants available. DUH?
I also found no humour in the entire book.
Don't waste your money!
His writing is impeccable. If you like the sample you'll love the rest.
This book is great at motivating and is really hard to put down.
Felix Dennis mixes his own brand of dry humor with some real wisdom and experience in How to Get Rich. After reading it I had a note card of real take aways I had not read elsewhere. Definitely worth the time!
I enjoyed the book. He's very persuasive and makes a lot of good points. I think he provides some great insights for the layman who is thinking about one day doing something different, i.e., owning his own business. He's extremely honest, but yet, I feel like he's still holding back just a tad.
I am buying this book for my son who is 32 years old and beginning to start his own busines. It has a lot of good ideas and information. Everyone, no matter what age or experience, have areas of ignorance in business. I think this book will eliminate a few of them.