How To Get Rich

Felix Dennis
July 3, 2001
Mandalay, Mustique
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Good fortune? The fact is
The more that you practise,
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 thru’ it.
Remember to duck!
God speed...
and good luck!

These are all the ‘rules’ I am aware of. The biggest error most folk make when going into business for themselves is to believe single-mindedly in their ‘idea’. Ideas are literally ten-a-penny.  Execution is the real key and to achieve it requires talent. But Not Necessarily Your Own Talent. I have employed hundreds and hundreds of people more talented than I am in my business career. If you can persuade the talent to work for you, you are virtually home and dry — as long as you give such individuals their head (delegate!) their due (pay them and praise them!) and refrain from interfering too much (the hardest thing of all!) Making money is a knack, not rocket science. The three key qualities required are desire, stamina and perseverance.