Leaders Are Readers: Book of the Month – February

Hari Kalymnios

This is a quick blog this time. I just wanted to share a book by Dale Carnegie (author of How to Win Friend’s and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking).

This book is Lincoln, The Unknown. No doubt you have heard of Abraham Lincoln. America’s 16th President (1861 – 1865) who was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre.

Lincoln will forever be remembered as the man who abolished slavery in the United States, but  there was so much more to him than that.

This book is concise and gives a good overview of Lincoln as a man, husband and father. Lincoln was a very melancholy person and never quite got over the loss of his one true love – Ann Rutledge. He had a hard upbringing and was met with opposition at every turn on his way to the top. Indeed, he probably didn’t even really have desires for the Presidency had it not been for his wife Mary Todd, with whom he had a funny (and not love heavy) relationship.

Lincoln suffered anxiety and depression and failed many times at both business and politics. But will still be remembered as being extremely successful.

I find it interesting reading other people’s biographies and autobiographies as we often think of them as being faultless, confident and that things have come easy to them. This is never the case from what I’ve seen.

They are human just like you and I. We can’t compare their “Chapter 20” to our “Chapter 1”. We are also each writing our own stories. If we succeeded in the first chapter, would anyone bother to read the rest?

Check out the book in any case and let me know what you think below.

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