How To Win Friends and Influence People was written in 1936, and it is still atop many best seller lists. This shows the staying power that this book has had, and how its lessons are applicable no matter what generation it is.
The title of the book can make it sound kind of shady and immoral; however, this is not actually the case. The point of the book is not to teach you how to use underhanded techniques to get people do things for you; instead, it is more about how you can treat people nicer and with more respect so that they will go the extra mile for you.
I think that if everyone followed the lessons in this book, the world would be a better place. While a lot of this book relates to the workplace or business, the lessons do transfer to real life as well. Carnegie gives short pieces of advice alongside a personal anecdote demonstrating the advice’s effectiveness.
The writing is simple, and the book is easy to comprehend. It is also relatively short, so you can keep rereading it every year or so to refresh your memory. It is a great book to read because it reinforce ideas that may seem like common sense, but that you often forget or neglect on a daily basis.
How to Win Friends and Influence People Recommendation Rating: 4.5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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