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Career Principles – Carnegie Book Review

Although I have been MIA due to a heavy travel and work schedule (all amazingly fun and rewarding), I hope to organize my thoughts for an adventure-filled recap soon. Until then, I thought I would share a little brain food.

On the topic of betterment, I commonly refer to Dale Carnegie. I started reading & researching Carnegie’s teachings after my father-in-law gifted me his 1980s version of How to Win Friends & Influence People.  Carnegie’s legacy makes for a powerful testimony to these principles:

Don’t criticize, condemn or complain
Give honest and sincere appreciation
Arouse in the other person an eager want
Become genuinely interested in people
A person’s name, to them, is the most important sound 
Be a good listener – Encourage people to talk about themselves
Talk in terms of the other persons interests
Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it
Show respect of others opinions

If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically
Let the other person do a great deal of talking
Try honestly to see things from the other persons point of view
Be sympathetic to the other persons wants and desires
Appeal to the nobler motives
Leaders: Begin with praise and honest appreciation
Leaders: Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person
Leaders: Ask questions instead of giving direct orders
Leaders: Praise the slightest improvement
Leaders: Give them a reputation to live up to

Shouldn’t we always strive to be and do better? As mentioned before, recent projects have blessed me with a busy work schedule (aka my dream job!) With the Radio City Christmas Spectacular coming to town this holiday season, I was given the lottery task of joining the visiting Rockettes at a few media stops throughout the week. My responsibilities included social media coverage and photography of promos, interviews, meet & greets, news appearances & community events. ahem lottery!! ahem dream job!!

These ladies were quite a treat; classy and funny, passionate and professional. During my time with them Karilyn (left below) said something that I feel sums up this entire “brain food” blurb”…

“Make today’s best tomorrow’s worst.” 



  1. Remember, your Grandfather graduated from a Dale Carnegie extension course over 45 years ago! His success as a manager, and a Father must certainly have been influenced by the principles he learned. It is inspiring that there are young women, wives and future Mothers that are seeking positive paths of influence in their lives.

    • I had mentioned papa in a previous draft, but thought it was more important to get to the point. Carnegie is wildly intuitive & I look forward to learning more!

    • Erin you must be the most organized woman on the planet! To be a wife, career woman & successful/frequent blogger requires mastery! Teach me your ways 🙂

  2. The line that stuck out to me above was: A person’s name, to them, is the most important sound. I say this because I am AWFUL at remembering names. I recognize it as a shortcoming of mine and am working on trying to improve it. All good points by Carnegie, Karilyn, and you. Thanks!

    • I’ve had to work on this myself! I found helpful tricks were to think of someone else you know with the same name; when you see that person again, think to yourself “they have the same name as so & so”. Otherwise, repeating in my head right after they say it works long enough for me to write it down – just in case! 😉 Thank you for reading!!

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