The gold nuggets from “How to Win friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie are simple, but powerful. This book is written so that everyone can understand these principles that are written in the form of words. Dale Carnegie wrote about different rules and concepts that would be great to implement in your life, business and relationships. These simple rules, but not easy to implement without commitment, have been around for a long time. It is believed that “Practice makes perfect” but in fact it is “perfect practice makes perfect”. The application of these rules could transform your life, business and relationships.
Some of the golden rules and other concepts are presented with a twist. It may seem simple to use these “rules” , but not easy. The first concept that he discusses is “don’t criticize, condemn or complain” which is sometimes easier said than done. For example, it seems that some people take pleasure in seeing another person at their lowest point and in pain. The wound will not heal, because these people add more salt to the the wound. Our mom always warned us about holding our tongue, and only speak when we have something nice to say. This is extremely difficult for most people to follow through with a major commitment.
I have personally lost track of the countless times that I heard people say the rudest thing without hesitation. People need to truly refrain from speaking negative things about a “friend” to other “friends”. The tongue is definitely mightier than the sword. The sword could kill you in one stroke, but people saying negative things is a repeated death every time you think about it. The one stroke from the sword is sometimes appreciate in this instance, because negative things are repeated in your mind over and over again. This repetition is the equivalent of death by a thousand strokes.If you follow this simple rule that you have two ears and one mouth, so you can listen twice as much as you speak. The more you listen to others could truly make your relationships significantly better.
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