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How to get rich - Felix Dennis

Updated on July 7, 2010

Just finished reading "How to get rich" by Felix Dennis and felt compelled to write this review, both of the book and the concept.

Firstly Felix Dennis is a fine writer, and his use of words will keep you reading effortlessly, however, he is also brutally honest, a quality I like and promote, hence this review.

From the first moment that I realized I was poor, getting rich became an objective for me, and indeed had I been able to read this book forty years ago, there is a distinct probability that I would have been really rich by now, maybe not as rich as Felix Dennis, but surely richer than I would have expected to be, so if you are young, and have a real desire to get rich, I highly recommend that you read this book.

Unfortunately Felix Dennis was just another young man with ambition at that point in time, albeit already famous for his part in the OZ obscenity trial, and for spending a short time locked up for helping to publish what was for the time, an outlandish magazine.

OZ obscenity trial 1971

It was the 'school children' issue that caused the problem...
It was the 'school children' issue that caused the problem...
...and started the road to wealth for Felix!
...and started the road to wealth for Felix!

Those were heady days, back then in history, when establishment society was being broken down by the youth revolution, a (mainly) peaceful revolution where 'we won't play by your rules' threw the established order into turmoil.

It took them five years or more to regain control, and the OZ trial was an initial part of their response to what threatened to turn the whole UK upside down.

The fact that those involved started to get rich, was the turning point, as 'hippies' gave up their tie dyed shirts for more exotic attire, and their VW Camper vans for Land Rovers to get to their farms in Wales.

Did they sell out, no, they just joined in, and Felix Dennis joined in more than most, for he had not just a desire to get rich, but it seems an obsession.

One thing I learned from Mr. Dennis, was that in truth, I never had the essential element of getting rich, for I have realised over the years that although I have been a predator in life, I was not a natural predator, I predated for need, not by instinct.

Felix Dennis is a predator supreme, an instinctive predator who will always do whatever is required to gain the 'heart and offal' from the kill, and kill you if you sought to share his victory.

So am I knocking Mr. Dennis...... not one bit, for he is a charming predator and one who openly admits his greed, and one who is refreshingly honest about his predilection with getting money, all of it, every-bodies, yours mine, as much as he can!

I like him!

I would not wish to meet him on a financial 'dark night' in a business sense, but I admire and commend his honest appraisal of his motivation. In comparison to the lying cheating folk I have met, who try to pretend that they are 'good guys' whilst all the time assessing their timing in order to rip your guts out, he is a breath of fresh air.

One comment I will make about Mr Dennis, which is that he is hopelessly and happily lost to any form of religious intent or persuasion, which I imagine is a condition that comes from having a real desire and ability to stay focussed on nothing else but getting rich.

Now I do hold to a belief in God, and more specifically through Christ, desire to spend eternity with God, Felix seems content to have his goodies in the here and now, rather than in the hereafter, which is of course the big choice that all of us make in life.... where to spend eternity, and more specifically HOW to spend eternity.

Now it may be that Mr Dennis spends his eternity as poor as a church mouse and serving all of the folk he has utilised to accrue his worldly goods, or it could be that Mr Dennis will be give charge of the 'Motivational Speaking Course' which may run for eternity in Heaven for all I know (or maybe that would be in hell?) anyhow, he has made his choice, as I have made mine, and both of us seem content with the choices made, which is another reason why I really like this guy, because unlike all those countless millions hovering on the brink of indecision, ever debating and but deciding, Felix has made his stand.

I like that as well, for it matters not whether you agree with me in my choice of saviour, what matters is that you agree with yourself, and are content to allow me my own choice without constantly bleating that MY God in some way deny's you of your right to be a selfish lord of your own domain with no regard to anybody, and promises punishment for you recalcitrance.

I have the feeling that Felix Dennis would stand his ground and try to no justify his actions, but negotiate himself out of the consequences, and who knows, maybe he would win a reprieve?

He is apparently a substantial philanthropist giving to good causes and treating his staff well, which is more than can be said for many so called pious Christian men, and he is also a poet of some note (which should count for something in front of Gods judgement seat) but I would not change places with him for all of his wealth, for in the end he typify's the expression 'gained the world but lost his life'.

Felix freely admits that he would trade all of his fortune (somewhere between £400 - 900 million, if you know how much you have, you are not really rich apparently) for his youth again, which probably says all that needs to be said about accumulating wealth..... there is a heavy cost involved, and many will find that ultimately it's not worth the cherry.

So read his book 'How to get Rich' if for no other reason than it's a great read, and in all probability it will save you years of futile effort chasing wealth that you are not determined enough to get, which may leave you with enough time to get on with the more serious things in life, like securing your eternal life and helping others to do the same.


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    • skye2day profile image


      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Aqua, Blessings again. Battles oh wow can I relate. I am grateful to hear from you. Thank you so much bro. I was spent in a battle for 3 weeks, until recently. God will never allow us to be tempted more than we can bear. He is shaping and molding us for His Glorious Kingdom to come. I too have slowed way down at the hub pages. As inspired I do write here. I am working on the. '9 harbingers' I debated like big times. I was led by the Holy Spirit. I felt like moses saying I am not qualified. That is a lame excuse because it is the Spirit of God that does the leading. So I am grateful and in process of that hub. As the Spirit moves He will touch your heart brother with what He desires you to share. Many are lost and or really messed up with their own thing as you know. May the Spirit of God open their hearts aqua before it is too late. I do believe many of the Christian hubs will be read more and more in the future as times grow darker. John Jesus is going to return soon. You dear bro keep up the good fight. I know you will. We are the head and not the tail, Amen.

      The enemy can take a hike off of the hill to hell where he is doomed already. Jesus has defeated him for us. Please email anytime. I went and read your cancer hub this afternoon I did not have time to comment as of yet. There is no doubt none atat all that I was to read your fantastic article. I am very excited to search dot com for possibilities for myself and others. God Bless you for taking the time. We will know one day in heaven I think on how many were touched by our hubs. Until then we do not know. Its all about Jesus and He is the sender. He is setting things in place!! Hugs to you and yours John. In Christ your sista loves ya. Skye

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks Sky2day...

      I have not been active on the hub since December 2012 (just checked when I last posted!) for a variety of reasons, but primarily because I have been in a battle since that time, but also because I feel that HubPages have lost their way somewhat.

      I follow over 500 people, yet rarely see more than 10 new hubs published daily, which indicates that others are also drifting away.

      For me I have not been writing at all, maybe I should, but frankly I am spent of inspiration.

      I will email you offline!

      Thanks for your timely email, it comes at a time when I am making major decisions about things in general.



    • skye2day profile image


      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      aquasilver. Brother, blessings! I have not seen you around the hubs. I happened to glance at a comment by you and decided to come over to say hello and see what is shining on your pages. I do pray all is well with you and yours aqua.

      I really like your hub here. I can so relate to Felix and what you write. I do pray that if not by now one day felix will come to the truth in Christ! Amen. Oh too loose our souls for the love of money. Praise God for Jesus! Amen and Amen. I prayed for him. I like the mccarther hub. I listen to him on serman audio. He is awesome sharing the gospel message!! Thank you.

      I see you are not around the hubs much I am sure you are busy with many things. Qaua, keep your eyes on Jesus. U will I am sure of it. Phil 4:13 I will b back another time to visit. Blessings to you and yours dear brother. Love ya in Christ, Skye

      Oh too loose our souls for the love of money. Praise God for Jesus! Amen and Amen.

    • heart4theword profile image


      10 years ago from hub

      I too have been taught not to chase money. Yet we need money to survive on this earthly monetary system. We are already so rich in comparison to other cultures of our world.

      Appreciation of what we have in our day to day needs, and helping others when we can, is more needed in today's society. We do have our eyes on self too much, than finding a need and filling it:)

      It is so nice when you do see a rich person, who is doing what they can to help mankind:) For this reason, those who are rich in giving, seem to be blessed all the more!

      This rich man vs poor man lesson, is good! Great for those who haven't heard this message:)

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Absolutely right AM, we built cities to hide in because we were restless wanderers, due to our instinct to kill those who pleased God with an acceptable sacrifice.

      That sacrifice is a broken spirit and a contrite heart, which the 'Cain's' of the world can never have due to their pride.

      So they live in the cities God allowed to exist that hide them from their shame, and live under the curse of toiling against the weeds of Satans world, rather than living in the peace of the Lord and under His grace and mercy.

      I love belonging to and working for THE Almighty God under the authority of Christ His begotten Son, and He pays well also!

      Better one day in His courts than a thousand elsewhere!


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      Allen Werner 

      10 years ago from West Allis

      Interesting. Never heard anything about this while growing up. It is a difficult bridge to navigate. Society has made it almost necessary to be a predator, and yet I believe Yahweh always intended the lions to lay down with the lambs, and all to be content and filled without exploitation of others. I think it all goes back to Cain, and the curse. The world would never yield it sustinence for him, so he started buidling cities, a different kind of world where he didn't have to rely on the earth - in fact - he could take ownership of the earth and exploit those who could make it grow and give. Sorry, perhaps a bit long winded. Peace.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I watched the video about the rich man and Lazarus,

      a lesson learned, to help, to give to the needy, have

      compassion for the sick,we all need money and money is not all that bad, it,s what you do with it that counts.

      Thank you so much, i don,t attend any church, but i sure did enjoy that sermon.

      God Bless and Ckeers

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      John my brother; thank you for the warning against such predators as Felix Dennis. As for me having financial wealth, that could vanish in a heart beat, is far less important than having the wealth of God in my life, and friends and family who love God as well as me too. This is a wealth, money cannot buy, but God and Love can and does supply in abundance.

      Brother Dave.

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      With wealth comes responsibility. This is a lesson that businessmen refuse to acknowledge way too often.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi Dean,

      100% correct, and there is a vast difference between doing something JUST for he money, and getting rich because you do something well and the money flows to you.


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      10 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Hello John.I get the underlying message hear.Money is a dangerous volitile thing that can master a man if he's not careful.when I was a young child my father told me"Find something you have a passion for and keep doing it...the money will come on it's own".Worked for me...The payoff is a clear conscience IMO.



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      EnLydia Listener 

      10 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading is a fair appraisal of another human being...I like the fact that you like brutal thing that God brought to my attention recently is a Bible verse..."love without dissimulation"...or love without is good to be brutually honest with our selves (and sometimes others)the truth of the matter, instead of pretence.


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