“Industrialist” Dale Carnegie started a training course to help people learn to success in a capitalist system, and he did it 100 years ago. By American standards, that’s almost unbelievable. (If you’re in Europe or most parts of Asia, where you can see businesses that have not only been around but even in the same family for hundreds of years, probably not so much.) And partly to show that their keeping up with the times, they’re offering eight of their smartphone apps for free.As an American, I’m surrounded by things that are short-term and new. “Established 1985!” “Serving Austin since 2002!” Etc. Stuff in the U.S. is new; even the oldest of the old–in the North East primarily–is only a few hundred years old. So for me, as a typical American, anything that lasts, I dunno, 25 years or more, is really doing well.
The Carnegie folks have tried to optimize their apps for the age o’ the geek, so that you can win friends and influence people in the digital age. They launched their stuff on the iTunes app store in 2010, and are using their 100th anniversary as an opportunity to get more folks into the program.
So if you’ve got an interest in Carnegie’s techniques, or if you’re thinking of taking some of their courses, this might be a good time for you to think about downloading their apps. After all, like I said, they’re free. You can get a full list at the Carnegie web site and, if you give them a go, be sure to let us know what you think below!