Newsletter #3: People

January 5, 2021

A book.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: by Dale Carnegie

When I was first recommended this book, the act of “winning” friends seemed disingenuous. Nobody wants insincerity.

Once I began studying the 30 principles on how to win friends and influence people, I realized there was a theme of genuineness and sincerity. A few of my favorites:

#2 Give honest and sincere appreciation

#17 Try honestly to see things from the other persons point of view

#28 Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to

The more we can understand how people tick, how they make decisions and what’s important to them, the better off our lives and the lives of those around us will be.

We all interact with people to live a fulfilled life. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what’s truly important to the person you’re interacting with?

A thought.

Every person in our life has a gift. No matter their gender, race, upbringing, schooling or occupation. Their gift may be unknown to themselves. It takes patience, but if we take the time to help them realize their gift, we can completely transform their life.

A quote.

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language”

Dale Carnegie

Next time you are checking out at the store, find the person’s name on their name tag and say “How are you doing today, {insert name}?”.

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