We have Dale Carnegie to thank for one of the top-selling books of the past 70 years. For under $10.00 you can pick up How to Win Friends and Influence People, a relatively slim volume that will reveal the secrets to financial success through knowledge and give you the ability to "express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people."
Born in 1888 in Missouri, Carnegie achieved success the hard way – he earned it. He became one of Armour & Co.'s top salesmen by selling bacon, soap and lard, and from those humble beginnings he created what is now a national craze for self-improvement programs and franchise operations. His successful program is based on five "course drivers" – self-confidence, basic communication skills, "people" skills, leadership skills and stress-control skills – all of which should sound fairly familiar.