May 22, 2016

How To Win Friends & Influence People

Shortly after I graduated from BYU, I learned that the majority of majors required students to read the book, How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. For whatever reason my program did not require that I read this book. I decided that since so many students were required to read it I might as well pick up a copy and see what it was all about.

When I first opened that book, I quickly learned that they recommend reading each chapter twice before moving on to the next section--okay. I loved the first part of the book and found myself marking sections that stood out to me. I talked to Andy and my co-workers about the things I was learning. This book was great!

The excitement soon wore off and I found myself slowly drudging my way through the second half of the book. After what seems like foreveeeerrrrrr, I finally finished the book. I read it not just once, but twice. How I managed to get through it twice is beyond me.

I still find myself struggling with this book- I think this is a first for me. The first half of the book was very insightful and had all kinds of things that I felt I could relate to; however, the second half of the book was a struggle for me. I like to think that I am a sincere and genuine person and I felt like the second half of the book was more focused on how to manipulate people to get what you want and well that's just not me.

Has anyone else read this book? Did you find yourself struggling with the second half of the book?