This book has ruined me for other 'how to get rich' books.
I own my own business and I would like to think that I'm on my way to becoming one of the 'comfortable poor' - a term the author uses to describe affluent people who are not super rich. I like to read the odd self help book on how to achieve wealth and stumbled upon this one.
The author, Felix Dennis, is a self made multi-milionnaire and by his own admission this book sets about telling the listener how difficult it is to become rich. It tells you in graphic detail how you will lose friends, how people will try to discourage you, how you may fail and lose everything, how you may be publicly humiliated and how your health and sanity can, and most likely will, suffer. But then it gives very sober and practical advice on how to combat these negative issues and how to come out at the other end alive and rich... or not.
So why did this book ruin me for other get rich books? The author spent quite a few minutes ranting on about the authors of other get rich self-help books and how most of them are only rich because they write self-help books on how to get rich. Think about this comment for a bit... Felix Dennis is filthy rich. He made all those riches himself. Then he wrote a book telling us how to do it as well. This is the book.
This book could never have been written as a work of fiction, because nobody would publish such a terrible detective story.
Come on, how can we believe that the Securities and Exchange Commission can ignore such blatant crookery for nearly 10 years, even in the face of overwhelming evidence as well as a whistle blower shouting 'over here, look over here!' Yea right, Mr Markopolos, and you also want us to believe that clever, highly educated financial professionals are duped by a little old man who says ' Well, I have this really clever and secret computer program you see...'. Oh, and the press isn't interested, the public doesn't want to know and European royalty and the Russian mob are suspected to be involved as suckers in the scam.
It's rubbish, it's unbelievable, the plot is flimsy and the whole thing is just messy.
Except that it's true and it happened.
What a cracking good book and yes, you really do have to read it to believe it. The story is interesting and easy to follow even for folks, like me, who are not in the financial industry and the narrator is easy on the ear. A great book, buy it.
My only criticism: lose the two voices who occasionally read very short paragraphs, they're annoying in the extreme.
I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it instead of listened to it.
The book itself is very good; Dave gives practical advice and he keeps it short by getting to the point and not saying in 100 words what can be said in 10. His 7 steps to financial freedom are realistic and achievable and he doesn't promise overnight wealth and riches and great abs in only 2 workouts. In fact, he promises that the journey will be hard, but he also does a great job of making one believe that this road will eventually lead to the promised land. I enjoyed it and it inspired me.
There was just one niggle. Dave talks like the worst stereotype of a hard sell second hand car salesman. I found it very distracting to have large parts of the book shouted at me rather than read to me. I didn't grow up in a hard sell, shout your point across and bang the table environment so maybe it's just a cultural difference and I should look past that and just focus on the content.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
If Helen Simonson writes 100 books I will read all of them and if Bill Wallis narrates 100 books I will listen to all of them.
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