“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”

Dale Carnegie

The two most defining self-help books of the last century are, arguably, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Remarkably, they were released within one year of each other: Carnegie’s in 1936 and Hill’s in 1937. Both dominate ‘best book’ lists and continue to forge lasting legacies around the world, guiding innovators and changemakers from generation to generation.

These two books reinforce the timeless principles of success, complementing each other with practical tips and strategies that can be applied by anyone, irrespective of circumstances, such as:

Carnegie understood, better than most, how powerful the knowledge of high performers strategies can be in one’s own self-development. Through thousands of hours of purposeful practice, he became a revered orator and began teaching others how they could learn people skills that would create enormous success in business. His lessons catapulted aimless but ambitious people into titans of industry.

Two crucial components of his philosophy were that:

  1. Technical prowess alone is no match for exemplary social and people skills, and
  2. Life’s greatest gifts come from being genuinely interested in other people.

Many of those I interviewed for Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy noted that Carnegie’s book was the other guiding blueprint in their life. Even legendary investor Warren Buffett once stated:

“In my office, you will not see the degree I have from the University of Nebraska, or the master’s degree I have from Columbia University, but you’ll see the certificate I got from the Dale Carnegie course.”

Despite passing away in 1955, Dale Carnegie is regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on personal development, leadership and communication. On 24 November, Carnegie would’ve been 130 years old—you can enjoy some of his most famous quotes below.

May his legacy live on through the ongoing pursuit of our potential and thinking the best of others.

Onwards and upwards always,
James W.

In case you missed it: ‘The Greatest Lessons and Best Quotes from Napoleon Hill.’

50 famous quotes by Dale Carnegie

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