The Most Powerful Book Ever Written


The year was 2010 and I had just graduated from the University when I came upon what I term “the most powerful book ever written” during my search for mental illumination as I awaited the compulsory youth service. I bought this book by chance from one of those bend-down-select bookstores along Mile 2, Lagos, Nigeria. Ever since I bought this book and finished its 310 pages in less than a week, my life and attitude towards people has never been the same. It has helped me increase my pool of friends and helped manage relationships. Enough said, let me tell you about the book. ‘How To Make Friends and Influence People” was written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, he has since passed but the book’s contents has been so impactful to generations that it has since been translated to over 50 languages and read by almost a billion people both dead and alive. The eight things this book taught me and will most likely help you achieve include:
1. Teach you how to make friends quickly and easily.
2. It will help raise your popularity.
3. Win people to you way of thinking.
4. Increase your influence, your prestige, your ability to get things done.
5. Help you avoid unnecessary arguments.
6. Handle complaints and keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant.
7. Become a more entertaining conversationist.
As the author explained in the introductory lines of the book, dealing with people is probably the biggest problem we face, especially in business whether as a housewife, engineer, doctor, lawyer, hair dresser, mechanic or even a pepper seller. He explained that after conducting a research he came to the conclusion that about 15% of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85% is due to skill in human engineering and the ability to handle people and lead them.
John D. Rockefeller, the first American billionaire said that ‘the ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than any other under the sun’.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of having good interpersonal relationship with other people. For this purpose, over the course of a month (February) I will be discussing these principles one after the other and I hope it blesses you and changes your perspective on relationships with people.

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