“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
This quote comes from one of the greatest books ever written, “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
This is one of the many key principles Carnegie talks about in the book: “become genuinely interested in other people.”
This idea is one of my favorite ideas I’ve ever read, and is something I’ve consciously tried to do in my own life.
Since I’ve read this book, I’ve found there is always something genuinely interesting in other people, whether it relates to what they do, what they want to do, or what they like to do.
All I need to do is find that interest I have in someone, and then ask them more questions about it.
Because what I’m asking is interesting to me, I become genuinely interested in other people.
As a result, this builds a greater connection between me and whomever I’m talking to.
Understand that this isn’t some “technique” or “trick” you can use to manipulate other people so that you can take advantage of certain opportunities and find career success.
The main point of this idea is that it’s genuine interest.
As Carnegie says,
“The principles taught in this book will work only when they come from the heart. I am not advocating a bag of tricks, I am talking about a new way of life.”