Dale Carnegie vs Horatio Alger

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As Percy Bysshe Shelley said “There is no real wealth but the labor of man.” Often called the land of opportunity, the United States of America is known for its free market economy. In this free market economy, America has planted the seed for future entrepreneurs. Throughout time, this seed will eventually grow into a tree that will bear the fruits of one’s labor. However, many entrepreneurs have found different ways to cultivate this seed to bear fruit. Such two men named Dale Carnegie and Horatio Alger have given the world two of the most famous business philosophies. Those who pursue Horatio’s philosophy achieve success through hard work and dedication while those who pursue Carnegie’s philosophy achieve success by being very charismatic. Though both philosophies talk about gaining success, they are very different in their methods.
Horatio Alger’s business philosophy can be defined as becoming successful through “pluck and luck.” Promoting the notion that anyone could become successful with enough hard work, Horatio Alger published more than one hundred novels detailing the lives of poor boys that went from “rags to riches”. For example, in the story The World Before Him, Horatio writes about a young boy named Frank who, through sheer luck, was able to help capture a man who had robbed a wealthy man by the name of Mr. Henry Percival. Feeling very fortunate that he only lost about three hundred dollars in bonds, Mr. Percival feels indebted to Frank and offers to interview him for a job. This subsequently leads to Frank being employed with Mr. Percival and his advancement in the world. When Frank acquires the necessary details about the location of the interview, the narrator states
Though Frank was so near the end of his mone...

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...nd Carnegie have guided many young entrepreneurs to success. Those who follow Alger’s philosophy, work hard to achieve success while those who follow Carnegie’s philosophy are charismatic people that convince others to help them achieve success. Although both philosophies help find a way to achieve success, the methods to achieve success differ.

Works Cited

1. Alger, Horatio, and William Coyle. Adrift in New York, and The world before him.. New York: Odyssey Press, 1966. Print.

2. Alger, Horatio. "Henry Trafton's Independence." The Horatio Alger Society. The Horatio Alger Society, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. <http://www.horatioalgersociety.net/02_shortstories/Henry%20Trafton%27s%20Independence.htmFind a website by URL or keyword...>.

3. Carnegie, Dale. How to win friends and influence people. Rev. ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. Print.
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