Description : You have within yourself the power to enrich your life the power to overcome adversity and attain happiness, harmony, health and prosperity. This book enumerates principles set forth by Dale Carnegie and applied by millions of people to learn how to program their approach to the vast variety of situations one meets in life. You will learn how to diagnose your strengths and weaknesses and how to enhance those strengths and overcome the weaknesses. It will help you understand how you currently deal with life’s vicissitudes, identify these traits and pinpoint your special needs. There are self-administered inventories to measure what you do when faced with such adverse conditions. Key life enrichment mantras you will acquire from this book are: How to Assess and balance key phases of your life: personal, family, job and career etc. Measure how much stress you face and how you deal with it Develop a health-oriented life style Interact most effectively with others and how to deal with difficult people Test your charisma quotient, to become a charismatic person How to measure your emotional intelligence and take control of your emotions Score your skills in dealing with the conflicts you face. The advice presented here will enrich your life. These are not theoretical sermons or philosophical discourses, but come from years of experience of people just like you, who have applied them to change their lives from average, mediocre existences to satisfying, rewarding, meaningful and exciting journeys.
Description : Worry changes the light in our lives to darkness. The only way to overcome darkness is to turn on the light. The light dissipates the darkness like the sun dissipates the mist. All of us worry. Many of these worries are of short duration and go away with little effort. But when worry persists, it can rob us of vitality, enthusiasm and energy and can lead to physical and mental breakdowns. Doctors point out that chronic worry is behind numerous diseases such as asthma, allergies, cardiac trouble, high blood pressure and a host of other illnesses too numerous to mention. The worried mind is confused, divided and is thinking aimlessly about a lot of things that are not true. We can push worry out by training our minds to focus on harmony, peace, beauty, right action, love and understanding by supplanting negative thoughts with constructive thoughts. This book looks at many things that induces worry. We will examine the worries that are initiated in our home life as well as in our jobs. We will discuss how to deal with stress, avoid burnout and develop and maintain a positive mental attitude that will enable us to replace our worries with affirmative thoughts and actions. To get the most out of this book, read all of it first to absorb the overall concept of dealing with worry and stress. Then reread each chapter and start applying the guidelines for achieving each of the areas covered.
Description : Life is short. You can, if you work hard and are lucky, get more of almost anything, but you can't get more time. Time only goes one way. The average American has a lifespan of less than 30,000 days. So how you choose to live matters. That's the topic of this book. I don't pretend to have all the answers. I'm still learning every day, and many of the good ideas here I've picked up from other people either directly or by reading. But this is what's worked for me. Like life, this book is short. Many books I read could communicate their ideas in fewer pages. So I've tried to be brief in line with the wise person who noted: "If I'd had more time I would have written a shorter letter". I don't think brevity implies lack of content. The concepts here have improved the quality of my life, and I hope they're useful to you as well. Using these concepts, I have created a life I love. My job doesn't feel like work. I love and respect the people with whom I spend time. And I'm also passionate about my life outside work. I've learned how to create a balance that makes me happy between work and other interests, including my family, friends and exercise. Sadly I think that's rare. And yet, while I know I'm lucky, most people can work towards those goals in their own lives. My interest in making the most of my life began when I was just starting college, but when I was in my mid-thirties a boss I admired died of cancer. He was young. He had a great wife; he had three young children; he had a fantastic career -- he had everything in life. He just didn't have enough time. So, while I'd often thought about how to get the most out of life, the death of someone so young and vital increased my sense of urgency to act on it. One of the things I've always wanted to do was to work for myself. As a result, I left an exciting job at Microsoft in 2001 amidst the Internet bust to found the investing firm I now run. It was hard to do, both financially and emotionally. When I left Microsoft, many people - friends, family, and even some of the press - thought I was deluding myself to start a fund focused on Internet-related companies during a market crash. A press quote from the time said: "Call him a little crazy. Call him a little nuts." I'd never seen that type of coverage before. And, in a sense, the press was right; the business wasn't easy to start. Fortunately, from a vantage point of ten years down the road, it's worked out quite well. A key part of my job is reading and thinking about a broad variety of topics. So writing this book was relatively easy. It's even easier to read. But, like many things in life, actually executing each day on these concepts is extremely difficult. With thanks to Thomas Edison, life is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Even so, I hope you have fun perspiring. Peter Atkins Seattle, WA December, 2010
Description : An illuminating biography of the man who taught Americans “how to win friends and influence people” Before Stephen Covey, Oprah Winfrey, and Malcolm Gladwell there was Dale Carnegie. His book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, became a best seller worldwide, and Life magazine named him one of “the most important Americans of the twentieth century.” This is the first full-scale biography of this influential figure. Dale Carnegie was born in rural Missouri, his father a poor farmer, his mother a successful preacher. To make ends meet he tried his hand at various sales jobs, and his failure to convince his customers to buy what he had to offer eventually became the fuel behind his future glory. Carnegie quickly figured out that something was amiss in American education and in the ways businesspeople related to each other. What he discovered was as simple as it was profound: Understanding people’s needs and desires is paramount in any successful enterprise. Carnegie conceived his book to help people learn to relate to one another and enrich their lives through effective communication. His success was extraordinary, so hungry was 1920s America for a little psychological insight that was easy to apply to everyday affairs. Self-help Messiah tells the story of Carnegie’s personal journey and how it gave rise to the movement of self-help and personal reinvention.