If You’re Wrong, Admit It Quickly

“What would be the most difficult technique in this book so far for you to learn how to do well? Why?”

One of the best books I have read so far for this course is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is all about……well, the title says it all. There are so many techniques, pretty much all of which I would like to implement in my life. However, many of these techniques do not apply to me, yet—such as those that have to do with being a business manager, owner of a company, etc….  I have picked four techniques that I think I can implicate in my life, right now.

  1. If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  2. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  3. Show respect for other people’s interests and wants—never say “you’re wrong”.
  4. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest sound in any language.

If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically. We all have the natural tendency to become defensive when Continue reading

Trust In Business Relationships

Is trust an important component in business relationships? My answer is absolutely! And really, trust is key in any relationship. Let’s just stick to business ones for now, though. It doesn’t really matter if you are an employee, a waiter, a small business owner, a billionaire or self-employed, but if you don’t establish trust in your relationships, you will not get things done.

In business, you are always involved with people. So, relationships are the foundation for running your business, getting a job or selling someone your product. As you probably know from experience, if your friend or colleague does not think you a telling the truth or that you have a double motive, they won’t do what you want, help you or work with you. It’s a problem. Continue reading

Foxe’s Acts and Monuments: Still Compelling?

“Is the language Foxe used still compelling today?”

Foxe’s Acts and Monuments is an extremely lengthy (500 chapters) work on the history of Christian martyrs. It was written shortly after the death of Queen Mary I of England and was totally critical of the late Catholic queen of England.

According to me, this book is too lengthy and boring for the average person. It is too much book to be spent on the history of martyrs and the constant descriptions and debates can get tiring.

That being said, however, the book’s overall style is not too bad. It is not written in a language that was only for scholars. Instead, it was written for the common person. At this time, the printing press being available, therefore books were now available for the average person, whereas before they were not. However, I can’t believe that so many people were able to get through such a gigantic book, day after day, on the same subject.

Because Foxe did write to the common person, in English, not Latin, I do think that the language is still readable today. What might be repulsive is the fact that you have 500 chapters on the history of Christian martyrs, which is great if you’re specializing in that section of history, but otherwise quite daunting.