– DALE CARNEGIE
Genre: Self-help, Non-fiction, Psychology
How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the most popular self-help books ever published. Dale Carnegie was a household name back then. Almost all successful people and businesses were applying the ideas presented by him in the book. Though it was first written in 1937, its principles still reflect modern communication styles. Also, in the newer versions, a lot of present-day examples have been included to clarify the book for modern readers.
The great aspect of this book is that the concepts stated in the book are convenient for almost everyone to use. They will assist you in making a good first impression, in having a great conversation with others, in criticizing people the right way, and so on. It might sound like an uninteresting book now, but it could easily turn out to be one of the most valuable ones you will read.
“Many people begin their criticism with sincere praise followed by the word “but.”
How to win friends and influence people has definitely been a life-changing book for me due to its relevance to my life. After grasping the lessons from this book, I have become a more confident person and have started to enjoy interacting with people outside my social circle.
My favorite part of the book is when Carnegie mentioned that whenever someone shares his/her opinion or beliefs, our natural tendency is to immediately judge it as “that’s right,” or something like “that’s stupid.” We rarely try to understand its meaning from the other person’s perspective. It was that part when I realized how self-centered I was. It persuaded me to use empathy in my conversations which has made me a much better conversationalist now.
“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.”
Do you want to convince people into your way of thinking? Do you want to handle people more effectively? If your answers to these questions are yes, then it’s time for you to grab this book and start reading. Just reading the first few chapters should improve your techniques in handling people. It did for me, at least.
As Carnegie himself said, “If by the time you have finished reading the first three chapters of this book, if you aren’t then a little better equipped to meet life’s situations, then I shall consider this book to be a total failure so far as you are concerned.”
However, if you are already an extrovert and are great in influencing people, then you might not find this book much of a help.
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