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21 June 2015

Book review: How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis

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‘How to Get Rich’ is by entrepreneur, Felix Dennis, who unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago aged 67. Felix was a very able, successful and well known entrepreneur who created, published and sold popular publication ‘The Week’. At the time he was told by numerous people including some of the WH Smith team that it would never work and that he couldn’t possibly make a success of it. Felix also became the biggest publisher of computer magazines in the UK, publishing the magazine ‘Maxim’ which was a competitor to ‘Loaded’.

Although Felix was a real competitor he was also a drop-out; he never studied and therefore didn’t get a degree, proving that it is definitely possible to be hugely successful without a formal University education. Felix was notorious for a life that wasn’t mainstream, but was extremely good at making money, amassing a fortune of £950 million.

“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.” - Felix Dennis

His book outlines how he succeeded in making money during his colourful lifestyle. The lessons contained within the book are hugely valuable to any entrepreneur and discuss fundamental principles of business  including: turning up to meetings and interviews on time, thinking about good ideas, producing, building a good team that can deliver and thinking laterally. There are many great lessons to be learned from this book for any entrepreneur or business owner.

If you are looking for a book that will inspire you, want to know how you can make money, want tips for getting your business started from scratch and want to learn the skills not to be daunted by competitors this book should be your guide. On launching ‘The Week’ Felix went against all advice, and believed in his concept and product proving to everyone that they were wrong and verifying his talent for marketing publications.

'How to Get Rich' by Felix Dennis is available in paperback, hardback and electronically, and may also be available from your local Library.

Dr Stephen Fear on behalf of the Business & IP Centre

Dr Stephen Fear is Ambassador to the British Library’s Business & IP Centre and is Chairman and Founder of Fear Group, an international organisation he runs with his son, Leon Fear. 

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Comments

I read this inspirational tome years ago and have gone back to it frequently for a recharge of my motivation batteries. The strategies on combating fear are great. #rufflbrand

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