How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis: Summary & Notes

Rating: 9/10

Available at: Amazon

Related: Zero to One, How to Be Successful, The 4-Hour Workweek


One of the best books I have ever read on how to get rich, from one of the richest self-made men in Britain.

Not only does the book provide actionable, specific guidance on how you must think and act, but it is a joy to read.


  • The people who get rich are those who are utterly determined to, whatever the cost.
  • Execution matters, not ideas.
  • Time is the most precious thing that riches provide.
  • John Paul Getty: “If you can actually count your money, you are not really a rich man.”
  • Net worth of over $80M is a good benchmark for being rich (or, over $10M in liquid assets).
  • If you're young and penniless, you have the best chance of getting rich—you have nothing to lose. By the time you're successful and well-off, you have too much to lose.
  • If doing it again, Dennis would aim to make $60-$80M as quickly as possible, and then cash out. Making money is fun, but it consumes your life.
  • "Once begun, the job's half done."
  • If you wish to be rich, you must learn to shrug off your failures and envy from others.
  • Getting rich means sacrifice. You must be willing to fail. You can't care about what others think. You must be willing to work long hours. You must treat it as a game.
  • The fear of failing is the single biggest impediment to amassing wealth.
  • Working too long for other people can blunt your desire to take risks.
  • Working for others is a reconnaissance expedition. It is an apprenticeship and not a goal.
  • To choose what to work in, marry your inclinations, aptitudes, and opportunities. Trial and error is the only way to find what you're good at.
  • Luck is a result of hard work, practice, and seizing opportunity.
  • Never be afraid to emulate a good idea. Execution is everything.
  • Ownership is what ultimately makes you rich. Seek ownership in everything you do.
  • Think big and act small. If you start to believe you're infallible, you're in trouble.
  • Quitting is not dishonorable. Quitting when you believe you can still succeed is.
  • Without self-belief nothing can be accomplished. With it, nothing is impossible.
  • "Luck is preparation multiplied by opportunity."—Seneca
  • “The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.”—H.L. Mencken
  • To become rich you must be an owner. And you must try to own it all.
  • Keep costs down, always, but give generous bonuses.
  • Dennis became a millionaire when he was thirty-five years old.
  • If you wish to become rich, go to industries where the money is. Look for small but quickly growing spaces.
  • The young are richer than anyone older than them, and far richer than those much older. Choose to use your time wisely.
  • Make yourself independent. Go out on your own and cut loose all those who are negative influences and naysayers.
  • Start. Start now!
  • Hire talent smarter than you. Delegate. Share the annual take.
  • Sell before you need to, or when bored.
  • Fear nothing and no one. Get rich. Give it all away.

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