By: Stefan Aarnio

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When my parents were going through their divorce, I stayed for a short while at my grandmother’s house.

 

At that time I was reading this book, it’s from the 1930s, called “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

 

 

If you haven’t read it, it’s a book that you have to read. My grandfather, Grandpa Harvey, was a very successful entrepreneur.

 

I never met him. He died before I was born. Grandpa Harvey also read a book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

 

So Grandma was impressed because GrandpaHarvey had read that book too.

 

It’s a book that’s timeless. It’s classic. It’s a book that teaches you how to win friends and influence people, just something everybody wants.

 

And in business, you need to win friends and influence people to grow your network and your net worth.

 

But on the flip side of winning friends and influencing people, is losing friends and alienating people.

 

The number one way I can think of to lose friends and alienate people is to give unsolicited advice. When I was younger and learning about real estate, learning about business, I liked to tell people about all the things I’d learned.

 

It is only natural to share your excitement and enthusiasm with those you love. However it is easy to go from evangelical to super annoying.

 

I’d come to the family dinner table and I would just vomit advice on people. They would stop listening and I would keep on talking.

 

You know what? People would start to get up from the table, and they’d leave, and, pretty soon, I was eating alone.

 

If you want to win friends and influence people, the key is to not do that.

 

If you want to lose friends and alienate people, give out as much free, unsolicited advice as possible and watch your friends list just get smaller and smaller and smaller and your influence go down.

 

If you want to be successful in business entrepreneurship or any other endeavor, you got to have a lot of relationships, and the number one thing you got to do is win friends and influence people, not lose friends and alienate people.

 

Respect The Grind,

Stefan Aarnio

 

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