I am pleased to see 2016 arrive with the health and safety of my family and friends in tact. Health and happiness are the only things I feel that I have any real control of so those are my focus areas for this new year. I don’t make resolutions and I already have too many goals that I am working on so focusing on these two areas is my way of ensuring that my mind is centered on things that are important to me.
As I look at things that could help me ensure continued health and happiness, I decided that now would be a great opportunity to begin a new joint reading venture. I looked in many places for inspiration regarding selections that would align with the theme which was created by the previous book selections and I think this title fits right in with th journey we have been on together. Plus it is a classic book that has been on my read next lost for a year now.
The best way to introduce this selection is to provide you with a few of my favorite quotes from the introduction. There is something about a new book that fills me with joy just like the smell of a new car, new house and new baby. Without further commentary from me, here are my favorite quotes from How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie:
1. “Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer.” – Dale Carnegie
2. “But the person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people—that person is headed for higher earning power.” – Dale Carnegie
3. “In the heyday of his activity, John D. Rockefeller said that “the ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I will pay more for that ability,” said John D., “than for any other under the sun.” – Dale Carnegie
4. “Education,” said Dr. John G. Hibben, former president of Princeton University, “is the ability to meet life’s situations.” – Dale Carnegie
Til next time,
“For “the great aim of education,” said Herbert Spencer, “is not knowledge but action.” – Dale Carnegie