Dale Harbison Carnegie (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of (several books including) How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)),a bestseller that remains popular today. One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s behavior toward them. (Wikipedia)
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
— Dale Carnegie
Dale’s quote hit home for me this last week. I was in the middle of a decision to go this way or that way with my business this year. Instead of making a decision, I just temporarily froze…. Probably the worst thing I could do.
My husband, in his wisdom, saw that I was ‘in a funk’ about it and encouraged me to think about several options — some that I have not even considered.
A few days later, we got together and planned out a strategy and potential actions plan and now I am on my way to creating my business passion.
In conclusion, the most effective way to get out of my fear was to act.
What are you fearing that you can act on today?
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
~ Dale Carnegie
We all have the friend that thinks like this: “If only I could have ___________ (fill in the blank) or be _______________ (fill in the blank), I would be happy. When we look at life like this, we are not living.
This reminds me a bit of the movie: Gone with the Wind. Scarlett spent so much time yearning for the ‘old southern life’ with Ashley, that she never saw her wonderful life with Rhett who truly loved her.
Let’s not live like Scarlett.
Learn to appreciate all the little things about your life — which will bring more things to appreciate. Pretty soon you’ll have your perfect life which is probably right outside your window!!
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
~ Dale Carnegie
Do you take chances? Of course, we need some stability and form to our lives and businesses, but how far do you think any of us would get if we never took chances.
We see the realization of this quote from Dale in most of our award winning athletes. Do you thinks they took chances or gave up and settled for something less than their best.
And how about people like Steve Jobs? Did he give up after his first obstacle or did he ‘do and dare.’
I know, in my own life, that when I push forward, even if I don’t feel like it, I succeed in creating or developing something worthwhile to build on.
What daring task or project are you taking on today?
NOTE: Dale Carnegie’s authored many wonderful books. Another of my favorites that is in my personal library is “As A Man Thinketh“
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