As one of Britain's wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs Felix Dennis certainly has no need to write for financial gain, where Dennis estimates in 'How to Get Rich' his fortune at around $400 million to $900 million, he claims that he 'honestly cannot fix a number closer than that'.
So you may ask why he bothered writing 'how to get rich' at all?
Well, his preface answers this in a rather humorous and inimitable way, which sustains in the book from start to finish, alongside this he answers other reasonable questions readers may have before reading the book such as 'Just how quickly can I become Rich?', 'Can this book really make me rich?' and explains how getting rich will 'certainly' improve your sex life!
Felix Dennis has pretty much written two books in one, one with great preachings and lessons for aspiring and current entrepreneurs. The other of why you shouldn’t even try, which he hits straight at you from the off, where in part one “Reasons not to get rich” harsh statistics are shot at you sizing up your chances.
Throughout the book he features poetry (yes, poetry!), real life case studies, and brilliant quotations, all of which are compelling and relevant, emphasising his points well. Such as how he lectures one should 'Never Give In' to get 'filthy rich'. Felix Dennis relates his own personal struggle of how he resorted to using bits of old furniture to fuel a fire, which still didn't deter him to get a job, to that of Vincent Van Gogh's struggle, with quotations from the letters Van Gogh sent to his brother.
With every page, there is something to take away, I must have at least made one note or two on every page, don't get me wrong however this is certainly no step by step guide to financial success nor a business manual. Though it does certainly feature hardcore lessons that he believes every aspiring entrepreneur should learn, with snippets of original business genius that can be applied, to benefit the more experienced.
A prime example of his advice: "If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent it, don't buy it - it always works out cheaper in the end"...
I particularly enjoyed his section on 'the fallacy of the great idea', where he describes most people's view to get rich, is that one must try to re-invent the wheel, where as he corrects this misconception brashly by placing less emphasis about the idea and more so on the execution. The biggest example of this generation came to me whilst reading this, supporting the point furher, Facebook, there were already similar social networking sites out there, Facebook just executed it better.
The more I read, the more my original question varied, first being "Please! Tell me, how can I get rich?" to "Why do I actually even want to get rich?" then to "Actually, should I in fact even bother attempting to getting rich at all, despite my new found sudden wealth of knowledge laid down in front of me?".
As Dennis makes no attempt to hide the darker sides that are involved in becoming, being and staying rich. I think in the end I found for me personally more reasons not to go and get 'filthy rich' than reasons to drop everything and go for it, but having said that I do suspect that's partly the entire concept of the book; Dennis presents you with the path to walk, but he explains in detail you exactly what's involved in this walk, what you need for this walk and what you need to do when you get there. Then the real question that comes at the end is: 'Are you actually sure you want to get ready to walk the path?'
I definitely concur with that of The Mail On Sunday.
'If this book doesn't get you rich, nothing ever will'.
Hopefully you have enjoyed my book review of Felix Dennis' 'How to Get Rich'.