I’ve been reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
It’s a really great book and I wanted to share some insights I’m taking from the book.
He goes through 6 ways you can make people like you.
The first point is what I’ll be covering today.
That point is if you are truly interested in other people, they will take an interest in you or how to get people to like you.
He says, “You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in them than in 2 years by trying to get people to be interested in you.”
I think back to past US President Ronald Reagan. His political opponents still don’t get why he was so popular among the American people right up to the end. People point to his accomplishments as president that made him popular but I think there is an underlying reason that everyone overlooks.
People just liked him as a person. He was eminently likeable.
The reason for that can be dug out of some comments he made.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not ruin their lives.”[mlsp-cta campaign=”buildmyebook” popup=”false” layout=”standard” align=”left”]
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”
“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”
Reagan loved people. He cared about them. The decisions he made were what he thought would best help them live the best lives they could.
He didn’t have to tell anyone that. People just felt it. You can argue all you like about whether or not his policies were good or bad. That doesn’t matter. He will go down in history as a great president because he was a statesman rather than a politician and he loved his country and its people.
His wry sense of humor didn’t hurt him any either. Reagan was known for it.
He could probably tell you how to get people to like you.
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