How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Key points of the book. Great book if you haven’t read it.

Handling people

  • Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  • Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  • Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Making people like you

  • Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • Smile.
  • Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  • Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  • Make the other person feel important— and do it sincerely.

Win people to your way of thinking

  • The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  • Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
  • If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  • Begin in a friendly way.
  • Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
  • Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  • Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
  • Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  • Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
  • Appeal to the nobler motives.
  • Dramatize your ideas.
  • Throw down a challenge.

Being a leader

  • Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  • Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
  • Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  • Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  • Let the other person save face.
  • Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement.
    Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”

  • Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  • Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  • Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

Thank you Dale Carnegie for your great insights on how to be a better person!

You need a desktop

There are two types of people, consumers and producers.

Consumers consume things.

Producers create things.

Consumers like consuming things on iPads and tablets in general. Browsing, not inputting.

Producers need a desktop. That’s where real work gets done. 132 WPM bitch!

A tablet like and iPad or Galaxy can’t really “produce” things… other than video and pictures and a little bit of input.

You really need a keyboard (virtual works but at least a 60% reduction in speed) and multiple monitors provides way more data.

You need a desktop.

Input sucks on Tablets

Why does it suck so much?

I’m actually using my desktop pc and a win 8 app + ie to login to my apps

Need a single sign on for the cloud… having to log into each app is ridiculous

I’m logged in as [email protected] … Why can’t we use a service like lastpass to hook into each app to “select an account”

Two factor auth is possible. But bottom line is that we have:

  1. Sign on to win8
    1. Sign into app 1
    2. Sign into app 2
    3. Sign into app 3
    4. ….
  1. Sign on to win8
    1. Use lastpass to tie account directly and allow for simple app logons using existing accounts
    2. Done.

take the power away from the banks

fuck the banks

seriously. for too long american people have just allowed banks to hold their money, while providing minimum returns and then themselves generating massive profits (and losses) at our expense.

i dont know about you all but i am pretty fucking sick of this model.

i love capitalism but i have to ask what is next?

what is next?

well let’s start from the top.

banks are a key part of the financial system… they are deeply embedded with government and loaning from the federal reserve.

in addition they handle our checking accounts, savings accounts and 401ks. Not to mention all the potential stock portfolios or investment accounts that one might have.

how can we get the current wild west under control?

if you dont think the banks need to be held to higher standards then they currently are i would ask you to looks at the eurozone situation and the economy of the last many years…. this is not driven by the citizens, it is driven by the greedyness and unlimited freedom at our expense.


and when i say “our expense” i mean as a tax paying american i give a good amount of my income to the government and i expect certain things in return.

banks are old school. they fucking suck.
what is next?
what the fuck is next?

i want / need some kind of a banking + investment revolution… i mean c’mon, don’t treat me like i don’t know anything… i have google.

bottom line:
banking and investment regulation in the united states is not adequate. we have seen that lack of regulation = “creative investors” thinking up “wild scenarios”

we need regulation to keep human nature and greed from getting the better of human kind.