- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cedar; 1993 Edition edition (5 April 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749307234
- ISBN-13: 978-0749307233
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (Personal Development) Paperback – 5 Apr 1993
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How to break the worry habit - before it breaks you.
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The brilliant thing about this book, is that even though it may seem outdated by modern standards, and also Americanised, its contents are completely universal to all. In it, he breaks down the processes of how to tackle all different forms of worry, using several interesting short stories as examples to demonstrate his points throughout, then summarises the contents in a short description. Carnegie's down to earth manner of addressing you in this book makes his advice seem so familiar, and yet so astounding - it is as though what you are reading should already be evident it's that simple! But we all know that sometimes, we tend to forget even the simplest of things in life.
I can already feel a complete change in my physical and mental attitude towards life - my happiness, my self-esteem and my judgement of what is even deemed worthy to worry about, after just ONE day! You will soon realise that even the toughest of emotional upsets and worries can be overcome using the techniques in this book. You just have to apply them! This book will change your whole worldview, creating a happier and less tense life. I read all of the chapters in this book, and highlighted and annotated the most relevant and memorable parts that I can apply to my life. I intend to re-visit this book often, to keep it clearly in my mind. I cannot make it any clearer - BUY THIS BOOK NOW!
The author helps you get the most from the book by suggesting you highlight key phrases that are relevant to you, that you can put into action. There are chapter summaries, which help you extract the essence of the message given in the stories and recommendations.
In effect, you could read all the 'In A Nutshell' sections, but the personal stories help you to drive home the techniques.
I think one of the most effective method outlined, is to:
1. Write down the problem.
2. Think 'What's the worst that could happen?'
3. Can I accept the worst happening?
4. If the worst is to happen, how can I make the best of it?
I used to be anxious about how certain situations were going to turn out; I would run things over in my mind to try and prepare for all eventualities. Until I tried the technique of 'living in day-tight compartments': 'I know no man living can possibly figure out what is going to happen in the future. There are so many forces that will affect that future!...So why worry about them?'
When you boil it down, the success we strive for is being able to solve our problems, in order to enjoy life, despite circumstances.
This book goes a long way in fulfilling this aim.
The writing style is classic Carnegie. To put it simply, the guy just writes like he talks. This makes for a very friendly and easy to understand book, rather like a good friend giving you a piece of advice.
And a lot of advice he gives. The book is divided up into ten sections, each one tackling some aspect of worrying. I could give you a rundown of the topics, but you don't really need me to repeat the table on contents to decide if you want to read the book. Rather, let me just say that book covers just about every major "worry issue" that might be causing a troubled mind, such as your work, your finances, other people's criticisms- and them some.
While there are no earth-shattering, never-before-seen tips in the book, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend it to anyone who is looking to ease their mind a bit. That's because it does a GREAT job of conveying simple wisdom that really make you think good and hard about why you're worrying and if those things are really worth worrying about at all.
In short, its a bestseller because it makes a lot of sense and its advice can do a lot to re-frame your thinking about things. And if you can re-frame your thinking, well, you've about found the best "Compound-W" for worry warts. Readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".
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It's hard to translate into words how much this book resonated with me. I am a born worrier, I will worry about anything and everything! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Danielle
A very good read, with great tips and hints to apply to everyday scenarios.Published 1 month ago by AMirza