Personal development

Taking steps to improve your life

Toastmasters – Improve your communication skills by participating in a fun and supportive Toastmasters group. Become a better speaker and leader, and gain confidence to succeed in whatever path you’ve chosen in life.

Books available from the Contra Costa Library and many public libraries across the country:


“How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie
Time Tested Methods for Conquering Worry
Available through your local library:
ISBN #0671035975


Learn how to break the worry habit — Now and forever!
More than six million people have learned how to eliminate debilitating fear and worry from their lives and to embrace a worry-free future. In this classic work, Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas that you can put to work today. It is a book packed with lessons that will last a lifetime and make that lifetime happier!

Discover how to:

  • Eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately
  • Reduce financial worries
  • Avoid fatigue – and keep looking young
  • Add one hour a day to your waking life
  • Find yourself and be yourself – remember there is no one else on earth like you!

Fascinating to read and easy to apply, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living deals with fundamental emotions and life-changing ideas. There’s no need to live with worry and anxiety that keep you from enjoying a full, active life!

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
Available through your local library:
ISBN #0749307846


Over 15 million copies sold. The core of the book accomplishes four overarching objectives:

  • Three Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
  • The Six Ways to Make People Like You
  • The Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
  • The Nine Ways to Change People Without Arousing Resentment

Thoroughly entertaining by using fun and interesting examples.

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