Recipe For Success: Dale Carnegie

Born: November 24, 1888. Maryville, Missouri, U.S.

Personal Success Definition

I define success as having any skill to be beneficial to the community they’re in while being intraspective to themselves and their world. I believe success is not being famous and rich, but rather having a positive influence on others.

State why are they successful, with your definition?

Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance in the world of work with his philosophy. He improved the leadership, presentation, people skills of many people around the world with his training.

Skills for Success

What skills did they need to master to become successful?

Dale Carnegie was a bright businessman and an author, writing many successful books like “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. Through his proficiency in salesmanship and public speaking, he viewed the psychology of work and oratory skills from an analytic angle. He frequently enjoyed debates, being a member of debate clubs during his high school and college career.

How They Used These Skills

Explain how did they use these skills to achieve success?

After being offered money by college students to teach them public speaking, he founded the Dale Carnegie Institute to serve more students who were interested in his work. They were taught how to interview, be persuasive, and forge a positive relationship in business.

Challenges Overcome

Dale Carnegie had to overcome many dead-end jobs before becoming successful. He first wanted to be an actor, but after landing the job as part of a traveling production, he absolutely hated it. He also enlisted in the US Army, being stuck there until his discharge. Later he was able to teach what he really enjoyed, leadership.

Significant Work

People are being trained in Dale Carnegie’s works.


Include three resources in your entry, unless it is someone you know, then you can be the information source.

Book: “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, by Dale Carnegie (1936)