Review: How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

In one sentence – This book helps you to deal with your worry through the use of simple and practical techniques.  

Author – Dale Carnegie

Genre – Self-help, Psychology

Best quote from the book –  “The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, with all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future”

how to stop worrying and start living

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Summary 

Despite the book having been here for a long time now, its relevance is more than ever. Dale Carnegie has provided us with all types of worries that we face in our daily life. Be it getting worried about failing your exams or getting fired from your job. The book outlines all their causes and then gives us the ways to deal with them. In the last section, Carnegie has written about the experiences of real people on how they conquered their worry habits.  

Key takeaways

1. Worrying never solves the problem. It only adds onto it

As human beings, we are bound to worry. We worry about countless things. How do I speak in front of 100 people tomorrow!? I haven’t studied for my tomorrow’s exams, what to do now!? I wasn’t aware that I spent 4 hours on social media!! It’s already 4 AM, yet I cannot sleep. Panic! Panic! Panic!!!

These were a few worry traps that you may have experienced. Think about your own situations when you had worried a lot. Has worry ever solved your problem? Worry only expanded your problem, didn’t it? 

Carnegie argues that we waste a lot of time thinking about our problems. We think of all the terrible consequences we could face in our problems. We rarely think about the solution part. 

When faced with insomnia, we check our clock constantly. We then think all the bad things that could happen the following day due to lack of sleep. At that moment, we all know that forgetting about everything and falling asleep is the most crucial task to do. Yet, we fail to do that. 

“One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate”

Dale Carnegie

2. Break your worrying habit before it breaks you

When we repeatedly do something, it becomes our habit. Worrying is also a vicious habit that we have learned throughout our lifetime. The roots of our worrying habits lie so deep that we can’t even look back.

Instead of tackling our issue logically, we tend to worry further. When we worry more, we continue building on our worrying habit. The vicious cycle keeps going on.

It’s a bad habit just like anything else – smoking, excessive drinking, or sleeping late. 

Carnegie stated that around fifty percent of all hospital cases are related to worry. Can you believe that? Me neither!

Worry not only breaks our mentality, but it also attacks our physical health. When we worry, we don’t feel like doing anything. We don’t eat well nor do we exercise properly. 

In fact, worry nearly killed the richest person of the 19th century. Yes, I am talking about John D. Rockefeller. He used to worry so much during his 50s that his face had turned into a very old man. The doctors prescribed him to restrict his food habits and encouraged him to engage in physical activities. They warned him that if he continues to worry, he might well be dead shortly. Not willing to die, he followed the prescribed guidelines. He lived till 98.

“The difference between good thinking and bad thinking is this: good thinking deals with causes and effects and leads to logical, constructive planning; bad thinking frequently leads to tension and nervous breakdowns”

Dale Carnegie

3. “How I conquered worry?”

There was a special section mentioned in the book on “How I conquered worry?”. Carnegie has described the worry experiences of real people, and how they dealt with it. There were some unique stories in it such as ‘I learned to stop worrying by watching my wife wash dishes’ and ‘I was warned not to try to speak or to move even a finger’.

These stories were of everyday people like you and me. They faced similar problems like us. Personally speaking, it was enlightening to learn how these people were able to conquer their worries. From this inspiration, I was able to build up a proper daily routine amid this coronavirus. A lot of these people had unknowingly used the techniques provided by Carnegie in the book. 

One thing was sure – all these people used simple techniques to conquer their worries that you and I can also apply in our life. Mind you, they were “simple”, but not “easy”.

“When we have accepted the worst, we have nothing more to lose. And that automatically means – we have everything to gain!”

Dale Carnegie

Recommendation

This book was a perfect match for me. It has helped me develop myself amid this coronavirus pandemic. If you also worry a lot just like me, then this book will be of great help to you. 

You will hardly find many books that will provide you with such simple application tools as this book. As we live in such a fast-pacing world nowadays, we worry a lot. 

So why not pick this book and help yourself to not only reduce your worry but also to live longer. 

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I just fell in love with your site. Simple yet Solid.
    Gideon

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much, Gideon! I am glad you loved it. 🙂

  2. Hamish

    Simple solutions to what our minds tells us are complex problems. I’m overly simplifying here but Occam’s razor holds true. The simple solution (if it is an actual solution and not just a temporary fix) we more often than not be the best one.

    As Dale Carnegie days if we can focus on solutions and working towards them our worries will lessen. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      I found Occam’s razor to simplify the possible solutions to the problem.
      Yeah, Dale Carnegie’s principle can manifest the quest to find the solutions that seems grounded.
      Thank you for putting your invaluable words in the post! 🙂

  3. Robert

    The “How I conquered worry?” seems like an interesting idea present in the book. And also, thanks a lot for posting other book review links as well. Not many bloggers would have done it.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Yeah, I too especially loved the part ‘How I conquered worry?’
      It’s my pleasure, Robert to share other links that can give the different ideas about the book.

  4. Only-One-In-Existence

    Interesting and insightful article. I am looking forward to reading more of your content.
    Nyasha

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you, Nyasha for your kind words. I am glad you found it helpful.

  5. Anonymous

    This is such a coincidence!
    I’m half way through this book and it’s difficult to put down!
    I’ve already started applying those strategies into my life and I’m seeing results
    I so love it😊❤

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Oh, really? 🙂
      Yeah, the book is such an interesting and useful. Near to the end of the book, I hope you would explore lots of ideas.
      I am glad to hear how the book has helped you to get the result effectively. Keep reading and learn insightful info.
      Thank you so much for sharing your views. 🙂

  6. Bubbly Library

    This article was amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading your other book reviews.👍

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