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My elder daughter had a long holiday after passing her pre-university exams. She got admission into an engineering college to pursue her graduation. She spent almost four months at home before she started attending her college. I felt relaxed when she started attending the college. At least she won’t be lazing around in the bed anymore!
A week after her college started, she brought a list of books to be purchased.
To my surprise the list did not contained books related to her course. The books are suggested by one of her professors. The professor had advised the students to read these books before getting their degree in hand four years later.
She is not fond of reading books – other than study materials or course books. She is interested in listening to music or watching TV… but reading is a definite NO for her! But this time around, she wanted to heed to her professor. She insisted on getting these life influencing books.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
One of the books that she bought first is titled "How to Win Friends and Influence People?" by Dale Carnegie. I run through a few pages of the books. OMG! It was first published in 1937! I am sure my daughter won't be interested in that book. Being fond of loud music, watching MTV and V music channels, browsing only Bangalore Times pages of Time of India, I don't think she will even read and go past the first chapter of the book.
Surprise! Surprise! She was quite often seen engrossed into "How to Win Friends and Influence People?" book.
The book written almost three-quarter century ago can still influence the current generation. The book is one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. Each generation has found it anew and has found it relevant. When it was first published, a meagre five thousand copies, it became overnight sensation surprising both author Dale Carnegie and publisher Simon & Schuster. Editions after edition were printed on public demand. Since then, the book was translated in almost every language. According to information on the book in Wikipedia, it has sold 15-million copies already.
Right Choice of the Book!
After having read the first few pages, I am convinced that the professor at the college has rightly guided my kid to meet the challenges of my daughter's career by recommending this book for her reading!
From the Book...
"Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. Research done a few years ago under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching uncovered a most important and significant fact - a fact later confirmed by additional studies made at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. These investigations revealed that even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15 percent of one's financial success is due to one's technical knowledge and about 85 percent is due to skill in human engineering-to personality and the ability to lead people."
- Dale Carnegie
For many years Dale Carnegie was conducting courses to train adults on public speaking. He felt a need for a training module to train adults on people relation. Through research, he discovered that for one’s financial success, only 15 percentage of technical knowledge is enough and remaining 85% skill is the ability to lead people.
Dale Carnegie had been searching for years to discover a practical, working handbook on human relations. No such book existed, hence he wrote one himself after lot of research and conducting interviews of successful people of the time.
The final book came after fifteen years of experiment and research.
In the beginning of the book, Dale Carnegie has given 4-page answer to his own question on “how this book was written and why?”
Please Add Your List of Books to Read when in College!
I would appreciate if you could add below in the comments section your list of favorite books to be read when in college.