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Book Review of Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends and Influence People

Why You Should Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People teaches readers how to properly interact with others to succeed in life. Whether in business, marketing, or everyday interactions, Carnegie highlights why it is important to understand how other people think, and how this method can allow readers to influence the world around them. Known as the first self-help book, published in 1936, Carnegie’s work consists of timeless wisdom that everyone should know. It’s one of the best-selling books of all time for a few reasons: it’s full of important information and it makes you a better person. 

Over 30 million people have read Dale Carnegie’s masterclass in communication. Carnegie lays out his teachings into 4 main parts: (1) Techniques in Handling People, (2) Six Ways to Make People Like You, (3) Win People to Your Way of Thinking, and (4) Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment. Whether you want to sit down and read the entire book or just look online through the many summaries and breakdowns available for free, everybody should read and understand Carnegie’s insights. All of his tips are easy to implement in day-to-day life at home or at work. No degree, no secrets, no tools necessary, everything you need to succeed at interpersonal interactions is within its 288 pages.  

But beyond this integral information being offered on an easy-to-read platter, the guidance Carnegie gives makes you a better person. With advice that states readers should appreciate others, become genuinely interested in other people, and make the person you’re speaking to feel important; the book portrays kindness as the key to personal success and thus incentives fair treatment towards workers and colleagues. Carnegie requests readers be thoughtful of other people’s perspectives and develop the ability to think beyond themselves. Because that is how a person finds true success. This simple realization and practice will allow you to do just what the title claims – win friends and influence people. Dale Carnegie said it best: “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” And developing the ability to empathize with others and see beyond your own goals allows you to achieve goodness along with greatness.

I recommend this book to anyone looking to have an edge in corporate competition or who just wants to develop a new life skill. Everyone should know how to gently influence the people around them using charisma and charm, and with a call to action that focuses on treating others with respect, this book is all around a positive experience. Dale Carnegie motivates you to be kind and find the success you’re craving from cover to cover, and as he encourages your pursuits he teaches you valuable lessons on how to win friends and influence people. A fitting title indeed.

August 5, 2021