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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Dale Carnegie - The Father of Self Improvement

It is fair to say that Dale Carnegie is the father of the self-help movement that swept across America.

Today you can't turn on the television or watch a YouTube video without seeing an infomercial selling a way to improve yourself. You can't enter a bookstore without passing hundreds of books dedicated to making you better.

His book, How to Win Friends and Influence People was published in 1936 and since then has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Carnegie called himself a common man from the midwest with a simple philosophy for self-improvement, winning a legion of disciples and igniting a revolution built on a set of ideas that are remarkable only for being so basic.

His principles of human relations are almost godlike in terms of their power if you just remember to keep things simple.

Dale Carnegie was a man who took a fundamental need to connect, simplified it, and thereby made communication more effective for a large number of people.

"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."

- Dale Carnegie

The man who laid down those principles was born more than a century ago into a life of hard times, hard work, and failure.

His mother Amanda Carnegie was a gregarious and dynamic a Sunday school teacher. She encouraged Dale to stand up and give speeches at Sunday school and insisted he receive a proper education.

Dale joined the college debating team and soon won an oratory contest, he also started teaching other students how to speak in public.

Carnegie offered to teach public speaking at the YMCA in Harlem at night school and like most teachers of the era Dale stood in front of the class and gave a lecture until one night when he ran out of things to say.

In that moment of panic he was struck by a great inspiration which was to give his students the chance to speak in front of others and have them get on their feet and talk.

It was a stroke of genius and the Dale Carnegie course took off.

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