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Felix Dennis was the founder of Maxim magazine and earned approximately $750 million in his lifetime. This book expands upon the concepts in How to Get Rich and offers more detailed specific advice. It’s undoubtedly challenging to become truly wealthy (over $100 million). But if you have the commitment, can face your fear of failure, and stare down those who secretly wish you’ll fail, then success is inevitable.
“The getting of money may be a silly game, but it is a game with serious rules”
The author was a psychiatrist before being hauled away to a concentration camp. This book (written in 1959) discusses the utter grimness of the situation in excruciating detail. But it also provides a message: the goal for each person’s life is to find his or her meaning. Even in the face of extreme suffering, that “meaning” can be one’s attitude of bravery towards the situation. He gives an overview of his psychiatric technique of “logotherapy” in which he does not use psychoanalysis, but rather works with his patients to discover a meaning (or “logos”) in their lives to cure mental diseases
This book is an anti-establishment manifesto for letting go of The Empire of Nothing (Western civilization) with its dysfunctional over-focus on universal moralism. Humans are tribal creatures, and to try to see 7 billion people as “your tribe” is irrational, and is only cultivated to serve global commerce. Secede spiritually and create your own tribe with other like-minded men. Become a barbarian or lose your soul.
“To say you care about one group of people more than others is a moral sin in the modern world.”
This book is a self-help book aimed at rooting our your self-hate which infects every aspect of your life. Has self-loathing actually made you improve? We are conditioned to beat ourselves up for being “bad” and not being “perfect”, which causes unnecessary misery. There are no “mistakes” since you can learn from every situation and thus improve. You crave others’ love and approval and beat yourself up for not being perfect in their eyes. Meditate in order to not just understand this concept intellectually, but to develop self-compassion in practice.
Most small business entrepreneurs focus on sales and growth, then they subtract out their expenses, and look at whatever profit is left afterwards. If, instead, they took their profit first and set it aside, they would be naturally inclined to look for efficiencies. Such a method works with people’s natural habits and tendency to spend what’s in their pocket.