Felix Dennis on Being Comfortably Poor

Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

    — "Comfortably Numb," by Pink Floyd

Media entrepreneur Felix Dennis’s new book How to Get Rich sounds like good fun, so I may have to pick up a copy. I was tickled by these clips in a Time review, especially the comment about being "comfortably poor":

  • "Ownership isn’t the important thing–it’s the only thing … You must strive with every fiber of your being, while recognizing the idiocy of your behavior, to own and retain control of as near to 100% of any company as you can."
  • "It’s quite obvious that only a small number of people are actually going to become even the comfortably poor." And how much do the comfortably poor have? "Four or five million bucks," he replies.