Why not learn from Dale and Andrew Carnegie who both left a legacy


Dale and Andrew are 2 complete different persons with the same last name and nothing in common directly!

The reason mentioning Dale and Andrew are because they both left a legacy in life.

Andrew in comparison was far richer than for example Bill Gates and lived by the “Andrew Carnegie Dictum”:

  • To spend the first third of one’s life getting the entire education one can.
  • To spend the next third making all the money one can.
  • To spend the last third giving it all away for worthwhile causes.


He wanted to be identified by the world as a “Positivist” and was a Scottish American industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Dale was from a poor farmers family and became a famous writer of self improvement, lecturer and developer of courses.

Focued on a five-phase continuous improvement cycle:

  1. Build greater self-confidence
  2. Strengthen people skills
  3. Enhance communication skills
  4. Develop leadership skills
  5. Improve attitude and reduce stress


One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behaviour by changing one’s behaviour toward them.

Both Dale and Andrew were poor, Andrew was an immigrant and Dale was born poor on a farm. Their chances to succeed on paper were zero, but both of them succeeded in their profession, business and life. More important what they really succeeded in is leaving a legacy of positive spirit, movement and changing lives.

Both still influence many lives with their philanthropic impact and advice from writing books. I cannot expect this type of greatness from everyone, but I can recommend learning from these remarkable two men who are making a difference in other people’s life every day. Life must have a meaning and a purpose for everyone and we always have to understand that we have a short earthly life, where we can only leave a random act of kindness. If we work on our passion, which can be anything from doing business, writing books, painting, dancing or any other passion you have, we all know that money doesn´t make a difference. It´s the random act of kindness what makes the difference or as Scott Adams put it

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

Both Dale and Andrew learned this principal over the years of their existence and they kept helping and supporting people and causes that needed attention. With our world becoming more individualistic and selfish these two gentlemen show us the way that if you really want to succeed and really want to make a difference it doesn´t matter what you do, it does matter how you do it.


Get remembered as that person who made a small act of kindness and a big difference in peoples lives….and you will be a legacy.


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