The individual who said, "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get" was Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955). He was an American writer and lecturer. He was a developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Maryville, MO, he was the author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People", a bestseller that is still popular today. He also wrote "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", "Lincoln the Unknown", and several other books. One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s behavior toward them. Many of Dale's quotes were used to inspire people to become successful so that they could live their dreams and desires.

In light of the personal quotes by Dale, many experts and medical professionals told people that happiness could come from within themselves. As individuals, they would need to nurture the ability to appreciate all the things that they acquired. Good health in a person's life, friends, and family are most often considered to be worth more than big money and other epic riches. A roof over one's head, food on the table, and the resources to educate children is what most, if not all, people want in their lives. Anything else can be seen as a luxury. Dale said, "These items may make us feel good temporarily, but [the luxuries] are not essential for us to find real happiness."

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