In all my classes as a professor of music industry at the University of Southern California, I assigned this book that had absolutely nothing to do with music.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
To be sure, most students never read it for exactly that reason because it had nothing to do with their course work.
But many read it over the summer on their own and they would contact me with their gratitude for suggesting it. Imagine a college student reaching out to a professor and thanking them for assigning a book that had nothing to do with their chosen field of interest.
Most of us already have plenty of talent although some people don’t have the confidence to believe in themselves.
The missing secret to success for people who are already talented is how to get along with others – inspire them, deal with their foibles, win cooperation.
And in spite of the fact that How to Win Friends was written before most of us existed, it is still the best template for gaining skills that will give you the edge over others.
Buy the paperback (or digital version).
Read it all the way through.
Then read it again one chapter at a time.
Rip it out and carry that one chapter around until you believe you have mastered it.
Then onto the next.
I know people who start the book over again because mastering human relations isn’t just reading a book, it’s about changing the way you think and act.
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