I recently completed reading How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Dale Carnegie was renowned for his best-selling book How to Win Friends and Influence People, but this was written years later.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living covers two main aspects in life:
- Reducing and/or eliminating all the worry in your life that is causing you problems, and
- Hints and tips to start living your life to the max.
Carnegie provides stories that cover each point he makes in the book.
While some of these points might seem simple, generic or common sense, implementation of these steps is the hardest part. The stories provided aid in demonstrating how others have implemented simple but useful strategies in their life with positive results.
Personally, I found a few sections that provided interesting tips.
The main ones for me were how to add one waking hour a day to your life (by taking a nap in the middle of the day, due to the compounding effect of sleep), and four good working habits, namely:
- Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
- Do things in the order of their importance.
- When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision. Don’t keep putting off decisions.
- Learn to Organize, Deputize and Supervise.
This alone was only two chapters from book.
There is great content throughout the entire work, and I personally found it more useful than How to Win Friends & Influence People.
Do you worry about various issues, whether small or large?
Are you stressed at work, or feel you are not performing as well as you could potentially?
This book is a great read and will greatly assist you in reducing your worry and helping you to take control and to live your life.