Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People

I just finished my annual re-read of this book.  My favorite chapter still remains the first one, which prescribes: “Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain”.  As with many of the chapters in the book, I believe internalizing that single concept can have dramatic changes in life’s outcome.  It is also interesting to read the book from a mindfulness/enlightenment perspective, rather than as a set of tricks that can be employed when interacting with people. 

I had forgotten the last several chapters that focused on improving leadership and related interactions with people.  There were several very nice reminders and skills that seem to be quite helpful. 

As always, it was fun to read Carnegie’s anecdotes and enthusiasm.