Dale Carnegie rose from the obscurity of a Missouri farm to international fame because he found a way to fill a universal human need.
It was a need that he first recognized back in 1906. At that time, young Dale Carnegie was in his junior year at State Teachers College in Warrensburg Mo. To get an education, he was struggling against many odds. His family was poor. His Dad couldn't afford the board at college, so Dale had to ride horseback six miles each way to attend classes. Study had to be done between his farm chores. He withdrew from many school activities because he didn't have the time or the clothes. He had only one good suit. He tried for the football squad, but the coach turned him down for being too light. During this period Dale Carnegie was slowly developing an inferiority complex, the complex that prevented him from achieving his real potential. Dale's mother knew that practice in speaking could give him the confidence and recognition that he needed.
Dale took his mother's advice, tried for the team and after several attempts finally made it. This proved to be a turning point in his life. Speaking before groups did help him gain the confidence and assurance he needed. Within a year he was winning debating contests and was on his way to generating laurels in all the speech departments of State Teachers College. By the time Dale Carnegie was a senior, he had won every top honor in speech. Now other students were coming to him for coaching and they, in turn, were winning contests.
Out of this early struggle to overcome his feelings of inferiority, Dale Carnegie came to understand that the ability to express an idea to an audience of one of one hundred builds a person's confidence. And, with confidence, Dale Carnegie knew he could do anything he wanted to do---and so could others.
English food has a bad reputation abroad. This is most probably because foreigners in England are often obliged to eat in the more popular type of restaurant. Here it is necessary to prepare food rapidly in large quantities, and the taste of the food invariably suffers, though its quality, from the point of view of nourishment, is quite satisfactory. Still it is rather dull and not always attractively presented. Moreover, the Englishman eating in a cheap or medium price restaurant is usually in a hurry---at least at lunch---and a meal eaten in a leisurely manner in pleasant surroundings is always far more enjoyable than a meal taken hastily in a businesslike atmosphere. In general, it is possible to get an adequate meal at a reasonable price; in fact, such a meal may be less expensive than similar food abroad. For those with money to spare, there are restaurants that serve meals that compare favorably with the best in any country.
Let every birthday be a festival, a time when the gladness of the house finds expression in flowers, in gifts, in a little fate. Never should a birthday be passed over without note, or as if it were a common day, never should it cease to be a garlanded milestone in the road of life.