I’m in the midst of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and wanted to share a few quick thoughts from this chapter. It strikes me particularly on point, as I have a penchant for wanting to argue. I love being right, but lately I’ve discovered that I talk a lot more than I should, and I am trying to rectify that.
Principle 2: Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “you’re wrong”.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not
And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
–Lord Chesterfield, to his son
One thing only I know, and that us that I know nothing.