BOOK REVIEW: HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

– 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.”

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My thoughts

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.”

Recommendation

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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BOOK REVIEW: LOOKING FOR ALASKA

– JOHN GREEN

Genre: Romance, Young Adult Fiction

“If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

This book is written by John Green, the award-winning author of The Fault In Our Stars. Looking For Alaska is the story of Miles Halter, a simple boy until he meets Alaska Young. She pulls him into her baffling world and eventually steals his heart. Nothing remains the same for Miles thereafter.

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BOOK REVIEW: 2 STATES

Chetan Bhagat

Genre: Love, Fiction, Drama

Love marriages in India-

“Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy.

Girl’s family has to love the boy. Boy’s family has to love the girl.

Girl’s family has to love Boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family.

Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.”

Sounds complex? Read the book, you will know for yourself.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ALCHEMIST

– Paulo Coelho

Genre: Novel, Adventure, Fiction

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

The Alchemist has sold over 65 million copies which makes it one of the bestselling books in history. This book features the story of Santiago, a young shepherd from Spain who dreams of discovering treasures in the land of Pyramids. He then meets a fortune teller and a strange old man who indicates that his dream is bound to be real, so suggests him to follow it relentlessly. Thus, Santiago leaves everything behind in pursuit of that hidden treasure all the way to the Egyptian desert. He meets several remarkable characters along his way, including The Alchemist himself.

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BOOK REVIEW: THINK AND GROW RICH

– Napoleon Hill

“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”

Think and Grow Rich is a classic book, yet its principles are still widely applicable in the modern era. The initial idea to write this book came from Andrew Carnegie. He asked Napoleon Hill to research the techniques which successful people use to achieve their life goals. Hill then spent more than two decades and interviewed about 500 highly successful people to discover their secret formula.

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