Thursday, March 31, 2011

What I'm Reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Here’s a brief overview of What I’m Reading:

Currently, I’m reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.  I remember having to read this, along with Stephen Covey’sThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in undergrad and I honestly don’t remember a thing from either book.  My memory recalls fervently reading each of these texts before an exam, and then quickly forgetting anything I’d learn.

So this time, as I read “How to Win Friends…”, it’s almost as if I never read it before.  I first started by checking out it’s Wikipedia Entry, but nothing about that helped job my memory, so I ended up getting the audiobook from my local library.  As I’ve travelled from place to place this past weekend, I’ve had ample time to listen to the text, and I’m finding it to be quite informative.

I’m sure this book is considered to be “a classic”, and it definitely has some information that I think many of us are glossing over in this day and age of “social media”, where everyone’s interested in “transparency” and “open-ness” to the point where they’ve forgotten some of the basic tenets of civility, respect, and friendliness towards their fellow man.

I think this book is providing a great “refresher course” on being amicable, of course, I’m not quite at the “how to influence people” part yet, but I’m eager to get to that, so that I can see how it compares with Robert Greene’s48 Laws of Power”.

So, that’s What I’m Reading.  If you ever happen to read this book, let me know what you think.  

Have a Blessed Day!


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