Thoughts from Dale Carnegie


Dale Carnegie wrote and lectured on topics of self-improvement, salesmanship, interpersonal skills, and public speaking. He’s most famous for his blockbuster bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People.

He was remarkably astute in his observations. The following are several insightful quotes from him.


~Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest steppingstones to success. 

~Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. 

~Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy! 

~If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done. 

~Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. 

~The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.

Your homework today is to carve out time to review your week. With Dale Carnegie’s quotes in mind, what can you learn from things that didn’t go right this week? What can you do in a different way that might lead to success? Is procrastination a problem? If so, can you break steps into small pieces and tiny bits to help yourself take action on them?

Next, make a plan for the upcoming week. Be realistic! Remember that there’s no race and no deadline so a slow and steady pace is just fine.

Also, make sure you acknowledge things that went well for you this week. Applaud yourself for the progress you have made, no matter how small. You are doing it; you’re making progress toward your dreams!

You are awesome!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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