Sunday, 20 April 2014

How to stop worrying and start living by Dale Carnegie


I bought this book years ago. When ?...well, about 22 years ago, yes..., the 'real' book, not the digital version of the book.

How many times I have reread this book? Countless... !
How many times I have packed this book while traveling? Difficult to count...!
How many times I have recommended this awesome book to friends? Lost the count...!

Took this out of my bookshelf today and decided to blog about this.

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955).

I do not think I need to write here in detail about this genius who pioneered self-help programs in the modern world. I attended a personality development program about 22 years ago spending a huge sum of money, almost a month's full salary while working as a junior staff immediately after my graduation and internship. There I happened to hear about this brilliant man and subsequently bought his book from a bookshop in Bangalore when I went there some months later because it was not available in our place at that time. Expensive book, it was!

Now, I feel lucky in learning the important principles outlined in this beautiful book at a very early age. Thereafter I attended many such personal development programs but what I felt is that they were all modifications of the same principles clearly and simply written by this brilliant man years ago. I have applied these principles that I learned early in my life as much as possible and I can state truthfully that whatever little success I think I have attained is because of this book and its contents.

I found all his books wonderful. Collected many, some are in digital formats. I make it a point to tell my friends to read a self-help book online or offline daily. Many are available for free online, so getting one is not a problem at all, no need to spend a dime!

Some interesting quotes collected from the www supposed to be made by Carnegie:

"The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?"

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Well, this one may be amended to suit the life of today's world with internet opening never before horizons of success - "If you want to conquer fear, do not sit idle at home, start some home based business or if you prefer to go out, get busy with something you like in the world outside :)"

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today” 

For more quotes and further details:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie
http://www.dalecarnegie.com

The last quote is the basis of this blog - live in the present and the present moment is magical.
  • Live in the present happily and contented. Time just flows away, it never waits for none. The magical present moment that we have in our hands right now is the only thing that is sure for you to posses and whoever utilizing it well is the wisest on Earth.
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11 comments:

Joy said...

Seems a wonderful book! Thanks for the tips:)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Yes, Joy :)
It is a wonderful book; millions and millions already sold !

Betsy Adams said...

That wonderful book has been around for many years ---but it is still GREAT for today.. Worrying can cause nothing but problems... My mother was a 'worrier' --and she would drive me crazy worrying about things which she could do nothing about... I was determined not to be like her in that respect!!!!!

Glad you enjoyed the book.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You are absolutely right, Betsy. This book and the principles outlined in it are still relevant today.
Good that you were determined to live life worry-free :)
Have a nice week ahead.

Linda said...

Some books are really worth reading again and again, and this is definitely one!

Andrew Leon said...

I've never heard of that book, but I can say that one of the things my family used to complain about when I was younger was that I didn't worry enough.
I didn't really know what worrying was until I had kids.
heh

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You are right, Linda :)
Have you read his other books ? 'How to win friends and influence people' is another best seller !
Thanks so much, Llinda :) Please visit again and add comments :)

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Yes, Andrew, that is the time when we go in search of such books !
As we grow our stress level goes up, we worry too much ! And when we have kids we worry for no reason about them most of the times but they live worry free until they become adults, lol ! Cycle gets repeated, period.
Thank you, Andrew :)

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great read. I don't think I've read Carnegie before, but his name is familiar.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

You will love all his books !
He is the pioneer of self help movement. Books, courses etc. etc., browse the website.
Do you like self help books ?
All the best, Medeia :)

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