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There are moments, just before the sun disappears behind the ocean’s face on clear evenings, when the reflection of our solar system’s biggest star looks like a road leading from your feet into sheer brilliance. It is at such moments that your smallness, compared to the light resting on the horizon, inspires thoughts of both insignificance and grandeur—moments when you feel connected to something infinitely larger than yourself.
Connections help us find significance in life. As C.S. Lewis wrote in his book The Four Loves, “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that I was the only one.’" It is the uniqueness in you, coupled with distinct qualities in others that allow your thoughts, talents, and gifts to ignite flames of enthusiasm, innovation, and creativity affecting those within your spheres of influence and beyond. In this way, the world benefits when one person encourages another, when the deadly currents of condemnation, criticism, and complaint are tamed by honesty, sincere appreciation, and listening to discover, not to answer. Dale Carnegie, probably more than any other twentieth century figure, promoted the principles that inspire us to reach beyond perceived limitations and unleash the power of the human spirit and potential. This spirit allows us to unite, conquer fear, and pursue goals consistent with our larger-than-self connection.
Dale Carnegie honed his skills as an orator, teacher, and leader at the University of Central Missouri and so today the campus honors this exceptional alumnus and seeks to elevate and promote the principles that have earned him world renown. Dale Carnegie’s enthusiasm and industry, like flint and steel, created a flame that lit the way for over 250 franchises and some 8 million graduates worldwide. His best-selling books, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, have been distributed worldwide, in over 40 languages. Carnegie’s zeal for helping men and women build confidence, strengthen people skills, enhance communication skills, and improve their attitude to reduce stress, has laid the foundation for a way of thinking, working, and living that continues to inspire individuals. In an effort to honor Dale Carnegie and to bring together every man and woman who has been influenced by his teachings, either through his books or by taking the Dale Carnegie Training Courses, UCM has proudly established the Dale Carnegie Registry.
This Registry, like the reflection of the sun on the water, is a road connecting you to millions of other successful, like-minded, men and women who are enthusiastic about giving of their own talents and appreciating the significance of yours. Moreover, it will be a source of inspiration to the present generation and to future generations, a connection from us to well beyond the horizon.
The Dale Carnegie Hall of Fame Registry is a listing ("Who's Who") of Dale Carnegie Training graduates and individuals who have read How to Win Friends and Influence People and have practiced the Dale Carnegie principles. If you satisfy one of these two requirements, you have a unique opportunity to secure a place in the Dale Carnegie Hall of Fame Registry. The University of Central Missouri, Dale Carnegie’s alma mater, in partnership with Dale Carnegie and Associates and other stake holders, has established the Dale Carnegie Hall of Fame to honor and preserve Dale Carnegie’s legacy. This will inspire the current and future generations to aspire and achieve beyond general expectation.
For a modest contribution of $200 ($130 of which is tax-deductible): a) your name and profile will be enshrined in the Registry of the Dale Carnegie Hall of Fame; b) you will receive a hard-bound copy of the Dale Carnegie Registry; c) you will receive access to an online community of individuals from around the United State and the world who embrace and live the Dale Carnegie principles; and d) you will receive acknowledgment of your tax-deductible contribution.
Since the Dale Carnegie of Fame is both a celebration of the past and inspiration for the future, a relative or friend, who would otherwise qualify, may be added to the directory posthumously.
To reserve your place history or that of a loved one, please use the link below.