How many of you have heard of Dale Carnegie? Lately, I am a little obsessed with all things Carnegie. He seriously is the greatest!!! So if you don’t know anything about the man then hopefully at the end of this post, you will get a greater insight into this American Icon. Dale paved the road in the self-help industry with his books and speaking classes.
I remember reading his famous book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” a teenager and soaking up every word. I often find myself jokingly replying to a sarcastic comment,“ that not a way to win friends and influence people.” Most people don’t catch on that I am referencing a book and they think they just think I’ m an odd duck. It is always refreshing when I meet another individual who has read this classic and gets my reference.
Since most of you probably are still thinking “who is Dale Carnegie?” I thought some True and False questions might be a fun way to learn more about my man Dale.
1.T or F Carnegie is the nephew to the steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie.
2.T or F Carnegie is still alive today?
3.T or F How to Win Friends and Influence People is celebrating its 50th year.
4.T or F Dale moved to New York to Be an Actor
5.T or F Dale’s famous public speaking course started at the YMCA
1. False-No Relation
2. False- He died in 1955
I wish my man Dale was alive today because I would love to meet him. He passed away just a few weeks of his sixty-seventh Birthday in 1955. According to his Obituary in the New York Times, “at the time of his death How to Win Friends and Influence People had sold 4,844,938 copies.” Almost 5 million copies may not seem like a lot today, but in the 1950’s that was that was an insane amount. His obituary also talked about how a spokesman for the publisher said, “it to be second only to the Bible in nonfiction sales.” Second to the Bible in sales!!! That puts into perspective just how big of a sensation Dale and his self-help business really was.
3. False- Celebrating its 80th year.
In his Biography, it talks about how he studied theater and was the starring role in Polly of the Circus. During his time acting he realized that the theater was not his passion and he moved onto other ventures.
His Biography shared how he talked the YMCA about a deal. He could use their room to teach, and they would slice of the dough. Pretty good deal for the YMCA considering that it was a jammed packed class. According to the New York Times, “ in the last forty years 450, 000 persons had taken Mr. Carnegie’s Courses.” This was at the time of his death in the fifties. Dale Carnegie Institute Courses are still offered today all over the country and have taught many people the art of speaking.
Dale left behind a lot of famous sayings. Here are a few of his wise words that I put together. If you want more of his quotes check out Brainy Quotes.