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Dale Carnegie

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The Resume

    (November 24, 1888-November 1, 1955)
    Born in Maryville, Missouri
    Birth name was Dale Carnagey
    Wrote 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' (1936) and 'How to Stop Worrying and Start Living' (1948)

Why he might be annoying:

    Before teaching public speaking, he tried without success to become an actor.
    He changed the spelling of his last name to take advantage of the fame of Andrew Carnegie.
    The New York Times said there was a 'subtle cynicism' to his approach of changing other people's behavior by changing your reaction to them.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He would wake up at 4 AM to milk the family cows, then ride a horse for an hour to get to the University of Central Missouri.
    'How to Win Friends and Influence People' sold over 15 million copies and remains in print after more than 70 years.
    He said, 'Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 16 Votes: 81.25% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 8 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 25 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 88.89% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 43 Votes: 74.42% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 41.18% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 54 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 21 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 52 Votes: 76.92% Annoying