I once drove a 33-year old friend of mine to the ER. He was having chest pains. He is on path to be rich, and save cancer, will be rich filthy rich by forty.
Unless you’re willing to kill yourself, you are not willing to get rich.
The first thing you’ll notice about How to Get Rich (here) is that the author did not get rich selling people self-help advice on getting rich. He got rich doing something else before writing about how to get rich.
Felix Dennis built a huge magazine empire. Everyone of you have read one of his magazines. He is responsible for Maxim, Men’s Fitness, and several gaming titles.
This is what he has to say about how to get rich:
How to Get Rich is something ever-so-slightly new in the world, or at least I have tried to make it so. It is an anti-self-improvement book – because it admits openly that the chances of anyone reading it it and then become rich are minuscule. The vast majority of you are far too nice. And comfortable. And sensible.
My book points out, in harsh detail, the damage to your present contentment and the risk to future and existing relationships that you run by seeking to get rich. It also deals with the coarsening of your nature that will accompany the rough and tumble of acquiring a piece of pie from another’s table. It points out, too, that avarice is tremendously time-consuming and that time is in somewhat short supply – our lives are way too short.
Getting rich means getting divorced, paying alimony and child support, having nervous breakdowns, using massive amounts of drugs, paying whores to have sex with you (there’s no time for game when you are chasing real paper), never being able to trust people who claim to love you, dreading talking to people because you know they are all looking for a way to get into your pockets.
You’ll have to beg investors for money, glad-handing and kissing ass on your way up.
Getting rich also involves sacrificing yourself at the altar of money. The Gods demand that you give up everything about yourself. You don’t get to, “Follow your passion and the money will follow.”
Take Felix Dennis, for example. As you can tell by reading his book, he is a very good writer. He could have had a career as an author. He gave up his dream of becoming a poet to get rich.
How to Get Rich is a no bullshit guide to the game. He doesn’t lie to you. He doesn’t tell you to go flip properties. He tells you to risk your life or go home.
He tells you to work 14-18 hour days, ruin your relationships with friends and families, destroy your health…all for the chance at being rich. An honest man, Felix Dennis makes no guarantees.
Do what he says and you might get rich.
I encourage every man who daydreams fabulous riches to buy this book.
He lays down a guide to getting rich while also warning you of the pit falls. You may decide working a 9-5 and playing the lottery isn’t so bad, after all.
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