Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 1934

In the afternoon Ruby and I went over to the schoolhouse for her singing lessons. Also piano lessons.

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955)
(originally Carnagey until 1922 and possibly somewhat later)

Born into poverty on a farm in Maryville, Missouri, Carnegie was an American writer, lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. He was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books. One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people's behavior by changing one's reaction to them.

His family moved to Belton, Missouri when he was a small child and he
managed to attain an education by attending the State Teacher's College
in Warrensburg, Missouri. After saving $500, he quit his sales job and moved to New York in hopes of becoming a Chautauqua lecturer but instead
wound up developing the Dale Carnegie course in public speaking. His first collection of his writings was Public Speaking: a Practical Course for Business Men (1926), later entitled Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business (1932).

Carnegie died of Hodgkin's disease at his home in Forest Hills, New York, and is buried in the Belton, Cass County, Missouri, cemetery.  

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