Since I am writing a blog on being positive, combined with the fact that I am a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan, I thought I would post something that is positive. Plus, yesterday was the baseball trade deadline, which means nothing to you unless you are a crazy baseball fan.
So, in the genre of positive… how about a 1966 Hank Bauer baseball card picture? It just makes me laugh. Random, right?
I mean, look at Hank’s face. Positive, right?
Anyway, I thought I would digress a bit for the blog. Dale Carnegie is famous for his book on How To Win Friends and Influence People.
For over 60 years people have been applying these principles for success. Recently, one of our lawyers went to a six week seminar and told me that he felt that it truly impacted his life. Then, he emailed a quick synopsis of some principles that he learned. Pretty good stuff!
Principles from How to Win Friends and Influence People
Become a Friendlier Person
1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
Win People to Your Way of Thinking
1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
2. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “you’re wrong.”
3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
4. Begin in a friendly way.
5. Get the other person saying, “yes, yes” immediately.
6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
7. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
8. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
9. Appeal to the nobler motives.
10. Dramatize your ideas.
11. Throw down a challenge.
And for pic o’ day…