The inferior man’s reasons for hating knowledge are not hard to discern. He hates it because it is complex— because it puts an unbearable burden on his meager capacity for taking in ideas. Thus his search is always for short cuts. All superstitions are such short cuts. Their aim is to make the unintelligible simple, and even obvious.” – American critic H. L. Mencken
Starting as a college dropout with no family money, Felix created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, and made himself one of the richest people in the UK.
“The bottom line is that if I did it, you can do it. I went from being a pauper—a hippie dropout on welfare living in a crummy room without the proverbial pot to piss in, without even the money to pay the rent, without a clue as to what to do next—to being rich. And I am certainly no business genius, as my rivals will happily and swiftly confirm.” – Felix Dennis
Improving your Sex Life
I cannot make you happy. I cannot make you healthy. But I’m pretty certain I can improve your chances of becoming rich. Which, in turn, will improve your sex life. People who grow rich almost always improve their sex life. More people want to have sex with them. That’s just the way human beings work.
Money is power. Power is an aphrodisiac. It even says so in the Bible: “Wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things” (Ec. 9:10). Money did not make me happy. But it quite definitely improved my sex life.
“Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex. You thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it, and thought of other things if you did.” – James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name
what kind of people get to become rich
Whatever qualities the rich may have, they can be acquired by anyone with the tenacity to become rich. The key, I think, is confidence. Confidence and an unshakable belief it can be done and that you are the one to do it.
Tunnel vision helps. Being a bit of a shit helps. A thick skin helps. Stamina is crucial, as is a capacity to work so hard that your best friends mock you, your lovers despair and the rest of your acquaintances watch furtively from the sidelines, half in awe and half in contempt. Luck helps—but only if you don’t seek it.
The answer to the question, then, is perhaps this: not those who want to and not those who need to, but those who are utterly determined to—whatever the cost.
The follow-through, the execution, is a thousand times more important than a “great idea.” In fact, if the execution is perfect, it sometimes barely matters what the idea is. If you want to get rich, don’t sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. Just get busy getting rich.
Type of Riches
“If you can actually count your money, you are not really a rich man.” – John Paul Getty, Art collector and oil billionaire
“Becoming rich does not guarantee happiness. In fact, it is almost certain to impose the opposite condition—if not from the stresses and strains of protecting wealth, then from the guilt that inevitably accompanies its arrival.”
All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.