Andrew Carnegie's Autobiography

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Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish native that emigrated to Allegheny, Pennsylvania when he was a young boy. Through rigorous work, reading, and dedication Andrew Carnegie became one of the wealthiest men in history. In this autobiography Andrew Carnegie explains the story of being an immigrant who goes through numerous obstacles and struggles, however, rises to the top. Carnegie’s autobiography was moving and extremely powerful for being one of the first of its kind in the 1900s. He starts as a telegrapher and with hard work and complete devotion to being the best, becomes the captain of industry and steel magnate. In addition to this, The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth was one of the first of its kind. The autobiography…show more content…
When having strong morals, such as Carnegie did, they push us further than we thought we could go. In the autobiography Carnegie speaks about where he started working and how he continued to move up, take chances, fail, succeed, and fail again. I can now see how if something didn’t work for me, I would not always continue to try it until I could do it. As I grew up I observed myself beginning to change, and if I was not the best at it I would work harder at it. Looking at life now, I can still do better and I can tell that I have not done the best I can at all things in my…show more content…
He has set standards for all people that wish to be successful and do not want to be “average”. Carnegie has opened my eyes to many different ideas and ways to become the best person that I can. Success is now a goal of mine and I am driven to create a life that I do not need a vacation from. Carnegie said it best when he made this statement, “ People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” When I think about this quote it reminds me of another extremely successful man, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He said, “ The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” Both of these great men set themselves apart from the world and did not settle for “average” and neither will
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