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Jun 18 2008

How to Get Rich – Felix Dennis Book Review

One of the books I read whilst away in Portugal was the How to Get Rich book by Felix Dennis. I bought this book a few months ago following an Amazon suggestion. The title intrigued me as wealth is something that I am constantly striving for and I read many books on the subject. I must admit that I had not heard of Felix Dennis before reading the book although I had come across Dennis Publishing. Dennis Publishing has published magazines such as Maxim, Micro Mart, PCW and others including a range of Kung Fu magazines and books on people such as Bruce Lee. Felix has amassed a fortune of over $700,000,000 from his publishing empire and he now spends most of his time writing poetry on the island of Mustique in the Caribbean. Now, when you look into Felix, the word eccentric comes to mind. He also slightly reminds me of George Best, and the way he led a lot of his life. Felix admits to spending around $100,000,000 on sex, drugs, and rock and roll. He was addicted to cocaine and high class whores for a good part of his life. Luckily, he has put all of this behind him. The story goes that he wrote this book after reviewing "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, which he thought was utter bunkum and snake oil, just like every other self-help book he had ever wrote. He has an extremely low opinion of the self improvement lot and you can tell that a lot of his comments are directed towards Tony Robbins. So, he set about writing an anti-self-help book, one that told people how hard it was to make it and "bugger the glib insights!". The opening chapter proclaims that the book will improve your sex life!. It claims that if you make more money, it acts as an aphrodisiac and people are attracted to this so yes, it will improve your sex life. The opening chapter really intrigues you to see what else is going to come later on in the book and I will tell you that it is all good. Comments like "Teamwork is the glue that binds losers together" pretty much sets the scene for this book. It is a hard hitting no-nonsense guide that will scare the living daylights out of the majority of people who succumb and accept a life of wage slavery. However, the more entrepreneurial of us will nod our heads in agreement to many of Felix's statements. Now, I totally loved this book and have already read it twice. There are many truths in the book that ring true and the book was ideal reading for the place where I am at in my life right now. So, if you are unhappy with the drudge of wage slavery and think you fancy taking the risks of going alone, then the book is definitely for you and I urge you to stop what you are doing and buy it right now. If not, it probably equates to a slouch potato reading a commando training manual! Here are a couple of videos from Felix that I found on YouTube about the book, Check them out. Felix on How to Get Rich Reviews of How to Get Rich
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  1. Big Winner said on August 23rd, 2008 at 4:15 am

    I can’t wait to read this book : )
    I read the excerpts in the British press a couple of years ago and kept wondering when the book would finally come to the states.

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  2. john said on November 3rd, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I am almost done reading Felix Dennis’s book and I just wanted to say that it is a fantastic read. I have trouble putting it down. I love how he is direct and to the point about life and what you need to do about getting rich. Felix Dennis’s book has opened my eyes about what I need to do with my life and where I want to be in the next 20 years. And that is not living paycheck to paycheck and having to always worry about money. I want to be rich and I fully understand that the job I am in is not where I want to be and I need to go out on my own and work for me. I am the boss of my life. Felix Dennis, I just wanted to say thank you for writing this absolutelly outstanding book and opening my eyes to a new and exciting life for me my family.

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  3. Andrew Mason said on November 3rd, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    @john:

    I guess you liked the book, great to hear!

    it really is a great book. After this one, try the Four Hour Work Week, also a fantastic book!

    Good luck!

    Andrew..

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  4. Wealth Reader said on April 1st, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I’m about halfway through this book right now. I agree – it is a great read. He seems to be just as willing to share his mistakes and failures as he is his successes, which is refreshing.

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  5. Tim T said on January 8th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Yes, an excellent read. I personally have sent Mr. Dennis an email indicating I enjoyed the book. His chapter on fear is awe inspiring. I love how he puts a list together indicating what you must be willing to do or endure, like failing publicly and catastrophically, or else ” you will never get rich.” A stark reality indeed.

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  6. Anna Begum said on October 25th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    everyone likes to be able to do some Self-Help stuffs, it is a good idea to be able to help yourself with just about any proble;’~

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  7. RF Modulator said on December 1st, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    well of course, everyone loves to get rich but not everyone would love to do hard work –:

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