Dale Carnegie started out as a poor farmer’s son in Middle America, and rose through the ranks to write one of the most successful self-help books of all time, How To Win Friends and Influence People, which was published in 1936. Young Adult Mag: So, how can I win you as a friend and influence you?
Dale Carnegie: You just need to follow the steps in my book.
YA: Can you please explain a little bit about this book?
DC: It’s a self-help book, but it’s not just for people who feel that they aren’t getting what they want out of life. Anyone, no matter how successful, could benefit from the steps I outline.
YA: What can you tell me about these steps?
DC: There are several sections in the book, each with its own set of steps. I can tell you several of the things I claim the book will do for you. The book will increase your popularity, enable you to draw in new clients/customers, improve your public speaking abilities, and help kindle enthusiasm in those around you.
YA: Why do you think your book has been so popular?
DC: I think my philosophies are very simple and down to earth, and I don’t talk down to my readers. I try to treat my readers like a reasonable, intelligent, capable people.
YA: Are there any contemporary self-help or similar style books that you enjoy?
DC: I’ve enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s work, particularly The Tipping Point.