Why Dale Carnegie Would Be an Awesome Blogger…

“Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn’t have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love.” ‘Dale Carnegie

A few full moons and a gibbous ago, my boss Aaron Long handed me a book to read, How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. My first thought was, “Does this silly elf think I have no friends? The nerve!”

On that note, name-calling does not get you friends. Instead, it will give you a cafeteria table all to yourself, unlimited movie nights alone, and ample time to catch up with your imaginary friends named Toffice and Skidmore. Livin’ the dream right? But I digress….

Come to find out, elves have terrific taste, and I haven’t put the book down since the waning gibbous moon.

So who is Dale Carnegie and why do I believe that if he was still alive and kickin’, he would be one of the greatest bloggers of our time? Dale Carnegie is your classic rags to riches tale. Grew up on a farm in Missouri, walked uphill to and from school, became a public speaking teacher, wrote a book blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, the man’s life is one to be marveled at. But more importantly, he lived his life with a genuine interest in other people. He realized the value in this notion and put it on paper to benefit humanity. I kid you not, after reading his book I answered all my phone calls with a huge smile, listened attentively during conversations and proceeded to rescue every stray dog that came in my path. No cats though. I have built up animosity towards them due to all the “deposits” they leave in my backyard on a daily basis. I didn’t say Carnegie’s book made me perfect ok?

What I am saying is if Carnegie was still around, I would invite him to come have a beer, watch a Dallas Cowboys football game, and discuss his latest blog on why “a man without a smiling face must not open a shop.” So without further a due, here are the top 5 reasons why Dale Carnegie would be an awesome blogger:

  1. Even in 1936, Carnegie’s network of friends was unparalleled. Imagine discussing Pearl Harbor while sipping tea with Franklin D. Roosevelt, running lines with Clark Gable, sailing the Pacific with Martin Johnson or debating the manufacture of steel with Charles Schwab. Granted the locations are questionable due to my vivid imagination, but Carnegie’s connection with these prominent figures were real. A successful blog has an immense following…Carnegie had this following without [gasp] the internet.   Carnegie discovered from personal experience that “one can win the attention and time and cooperation of even the most sought after people by becoming genuinely interested in them.”
  2. Carnegie wrote stories…excellent stories. He knew how to “bait the hook to suit the fish” if you will. Aren’t blogs essentially a compilation of news, recent happenings, daily occurrences, and stories? Alright then, I rest my case.
  3. Remembering people’s names was of utmost priority for Carnegie. This leads me to believe that he would have done quite well on a network such as Twitter; @dcarnGmoney perhaps? Responding to people by their name, replying on Twitter, and commenting on blog posts once again reinforces Carnegie’s idea that if you take interest in someone they will take interest in you. Why not give a little smile and a wink while you’re at it, even if it’s only an emoticon. We all know Carnegie would have ;-).
  4. Dale Carnegie “hustled.” To put it simply, he worked his derrière off. Carnegie started with a set of rules on a note-card; evolving fifteen years later into a best-selling book and continues to influence people decades later. Over 15 million copies of his book have been sold and if there was a way to configure that into number of followers on a blog I would. I’m no scientist but I’m sure the data would be staggering. Modernly speaking, “…you too can have 70,000+ readers and write your own ticket to internet fame’ but it won’t happen by playing World of Warcraft every night.” Chris Guillebeau, “How to Be Awesome”
  5. In the words of someone who truly understood the art of human relations, Carnegie said“…the royal road to a person’s heart is to talk about the things that he or she treasures most.” I don’t think I need to thump you on the head to understand this one. Carnegie would have been an awesome blogger.

*I also feel he had excellent music taste but I will leave that for another day.

Thanks Mexicanwave for the cool flickr pic!

21 Replies to “Why Dale Carnegie Would Be an Awesome Blogger…”

  1. Fantastic Post. It’s interesting to me how Dale Carnegie has come to the forefront once again. I just finished re-reading How to Win Friends and Influence People for the upteenth time 😉 And everywhere I look someone is quoting him or talking about him.

    Collective Consciousness perhaps?

  2. I am pretty sure Dale Carnegie would not be a Cowboys fan, however he would have no problem with your devotion and he would be enthusiastically interested in your fanaticism of Jason Witten.

  3. Great post! I agree with everything in there including the part about him watching a Dallas Cowboys game with you. I’m sure he would watch it but I doubt he would enjoy it 😉

  4. I agree with you. I'm from Dale Carnegie Training in Brazil. I work in the department of marketing and we have blog, twitter and as much social media as we can control, just using Dale Carnegie's principles. We have been having lots of success, and day after day more and more peoples follow us.

    Bye

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  6. This article is wonderful! As a Dale Carnegie Trainer and a huge fan I love how you’ve brought him up to the 21st Century. I have also written an article doing the same, focusing on what Human Relations principles he might add and employ if he were alive today.

    Hope you’ll check it out and thanks again for your posting….I’d like to bring your article into one of my classes to prove to participants how relevant his work is to them!

    http://pointmakercommunications.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/what-would-dale-carnegie-think-of-humanity-in-the-21st-century/

    Jackie Kellso
    President
    PointMaker Communications

    1. Thank you Jackie for the wonderful comment! The beautiful thing about Dale Carnegie is he taught lessons that span across every generation and I am so happy you enjoyed the post. I realize I am bit late responding to your comment, but I do hope your participants found value as well.

      Thank you again for your feedback!

  7. What’s up? Been lurking for a while and decided to sign up and post.

    Umm so like does anyone know how to unblock myspace at school?

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