Great Book!, June 20, 2008
Originally published in a small run back in 1936, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People suddenly became a sensation and would eventually set the precedent for every self-improvement book ever penned. Through compelling anecdotes and charming personal reflection, Carnegie illustrates practical strategies for become an esteemed and influential person.
'You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you,' writes Carnegie. This simple dictum beautifully illustrates the overall message of How to Win Friends and Influence People. By taking a sincere interest in others, you will understand what motivates them and therefore create situations that are mutually beneficial in the office, at home, or out on the town.
The book takes a thorough look at many aspects of human interaction, and presents both in-depth discussions of ways to avoid conflict, as well as simple suggestions that can change your whole outlook, like smiling more and remembering people's birthdays. Central principles include giving sincere appreciation, avoiding conflicts whenever possible, and developing real empathy for those around you.
Along the road to change, readers will meet oil tycoons, great leaders, salespeople, children, and even stop off to admire man's best friend. Through teaching seminars and spreading his ideas, Dale Carnegie made a wealth of friends who are happy to share their unique insight. Since original publication, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than fifteen million copies globally, spent years on the New York Times best seller list, and has undergone many revisions to ensure its relevance with contemporary audiences. Carnegie's tone, however, colored with the slang of his era and the good humor of his spirit, is beautifully preserved. While the times keep changing, it is reassuring to know that certain ideas about kindness and positivity endure.