I started the Dale Carnegie book today. At first I was skeptical, this is a really old book. It was published in 1944, 20 years before I came along. The second thing was, I’m not much of a worrier, but I can get a bit negative, if I can’t see a way to make things work.
It’s a surprising read. It’s practical, full of examples from people from all walks of life.
What also struck me, was these folks picked themselves up from extraordinary circumstances during a time when there was no Welfare system, no Unemployment insurance, no Government handouts. Many of these folks brought themselves into success during the Great Depression, during WW II, without any type of hand out all, just their determination to stay positive, and keep going.
The book has great quotes from philosophers from Lin Yutang to Horace.
Some of the earliest success stories of the 20th century seemed to have the same thing in common. They looked at the worst thing that could happen, faced their fears, and kept moving forward one step at a time.
With the rains today, it was really nice to turn off the TV, the Internet, and read a few chapters of inspiration and practical application to maintaining a positive attitude in the midst of trials, change, and difficulty.