How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis

Written by: Dave Cryer

Categories: Reviews

how-to-get-rich.jpgI wanted to bring something a little different to my readers, because I felt it would be the right thing to try and entice you away from your screens for a little while. Spending hours in front of your Mac is a fine way to spend your day, but can induce back ache and eye strain if you overdo it. So, why not pick up a copy of ‘How to Get Rich – by Felix Dennis’.

Now, I am not a massive reader, but two things drew me to this book, firstly the title, as I wouldn’t mind a bit (or a lot) of extra money, but secondly the man behind the book. We have all heard of the publication ‘Mac User’ and some of us may have seen ‘Personal Computer World’ on the shelf, well these are just a few titles by Dennis Publishing, founded in 1973 by Felix Dennis. He sold the two magazines and made millions and continues to do so in various ways.

The book is not one of those awful ‘bible’ type books, that lists what you must and mustn’t do, complete with diagrams, rather it is written in a light hearted and frank manner by the man himself. He really drills home why you must not let opportunities pass you by and I found myself engrossed in reading for the first time in years.

“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,” writes Felix.

The Fallacy of the Great Idea, strikes home with “Good ideas are like Nike Sports shoes. They may facilitate an athlete who possesses them, but on their own they are nothing but an over-priced pair of plimsolls. Specially adapted plimsolls may be a good idea. But the goal is still to win, and sports shoes don’t win. Athletes do. And yet I have lost count of the number of men and women who have approached me with their ‘great idea’, as if this, in and of itself, was some passport to instant wealth. The idea is not a passport. At most, it is the means of obtaining one.”

I could keep quoting and quoting all day long, this book is just such a great read. Even if you do not want to ‘get rich’ (and believe me, there are those who don’t), the writing is upbeat and it is interesting to learn about the man behind Dennis Publishing, so I highly recommend you give it a try.

Product supplied by Ebury
Retail price: $32.33
ISBN: 0091912652
Pages: 304
Available from: Amazon

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  1. John Patterson | Dec 19 2006 - 08:54

    It’s a good thing that your interest in reading has been sparked. However, I feel that you should keep in mind not to become obsessesed with your own success when there are people in need around the world and in our own country that are far from getting their foot in the door. I don’t want to sound preachy (for some reason the theme of this book just sparked something in me this morning) but I suggest a different read that speaks of success and goal in a different way. Try “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Dr. Paul Farmer, I highly recommend it.

  2. William G | Dec 21 2006 - 01:32

    Some people seem to succeed while others fail. Why is that ? In fact, there are patterns that show that the winners and the losers don’t think-behave-act the same way. So if you’ve decided to change something about your future, it’s never too late. First, begin with learning and understanding a few facts. Once you’ll be aware of your potential, you’ll learn techniques that simply don’t fail, provided you’re truly motivated. It’s all about work. WORK is the real value. But there are ways to increase your working power. These techniques, and more can be found for instance on this website:

    Come and have a look, if you’re truly motivated.

  3. ljocampo | Dec 25 2006 - 10:54

    Well, this is very cheezy for a MacCast article. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it here. Does MacCast need to spam us with get rich books? I think not. Adam, I think your stock has just dropped a few points.

  4. maccast | Dec 26 2006 - 02:38

    I am sorry some of you felt this article was not what you wanted to see on One of the goals of the site is to be “community” based, just like the podcast. I have encouraged my staff to write about almost anything Mac related that interests them and they are passionate about. This book seems to fit that bill, at least for Dave. My thought behind this is the idea that we are Mac fans and if we are interested then others may be as well. There are MANY Mac sites out there and my hope is that this aspect of is what distinguishes us. So while you may not have enjoyed this piece keep in mind other may have.

    Now that having been said, thank you for taking the time to share your opinions and commenting on the article as that is also a big factor in adding to the community aspect of the site.