I would never pick up a book with such a crass title unless It had been a recommendation (in fact, to my embarrassment, I admit I removed the dust cover while reading it). So for that, I owe Ben Saunders a very, very expensive dinner.
You see, this title isn’t actually crass, it’s just extremely honest.
Felix Dennis’ part autobiography/part how-to book, How To Get Rich is one of the best, if not the best book I’ve read in years. It is brutal, hard-hitting, funny and to the point.
It opens with this poem:
How to Get Rich Good fortune? The fact is The more that you practice, The harder you sweat, The luckier you get. Ideas? We’ve had ‘em Since Eve deceived Adam, But take it from me, Execution’s the key. The money? Just pester A likely investor, To get what you need, You toady to greed. The talent? Go sign it But first, wine and dine it, It’s tedious work, With a talented jerk. Good timing? To win it You gotta be in it. Just never be late, To quit or cut bait. Expansion? It’s vanity Profit is sanity. Overhead begs. To walk on two legs. The first step? Just do it. And bluff your way through it. Remember to duck! God speed… and Good Luck!
“Expansion is vanity”. It was that line alone that led me to promptly climb on a plane and close my Cape Town branch two weeks ago. That’s just one of the many profound ways that this book has changed, or rather focused my thinking.
I made a ton of notes and marked quite a few pages too, here they are. So when you buy this book, try guess what got me excited:
Preface, xx, 16, 30, 31, 61, 91, 100, 117, 120, 123, 132, 141, 143, 161, 165, 167, 173, 175, 179, 184, 212, 216, 217, 226, 259, 269, 272.