I read a book by Dale Carnegie when I was growing up, and I enjoyed it, so I decided to see what his writing was like a second time around. As someone who frequently takes things too seriously and is apt to worrying, I figured I might also pick up something useful from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
The story is based on the author's experience in leaving his job to be happier and teaching classes on speaking and worrying less. I enjoyed learning more about his background as a "Missourah" farmer ("that old 'Missourah' farmhouse"). The book is a long collection of many anecdotes, so while it's not scientific, it's at least entertaining and interesting. Many of the pieces of advice are somewhat cliched (or perhaps this book created many of these since it was published so long ago), but it was a nice reminder of what's important in life and how to not sweat the small stuff.
Below are my full notes.
Part 1: Fundamental parts of worry
Ch. 1: Live in day tight compartments
Ch. 4: How to analyze worry problems
Ch. 6: How to crowd worry out of your mind
Ch. 12: 8 words that can change your life
Ch. 19: How my parents conquered worry
Ch. 20: No one beats a dead dog
Ch. 23: How to add one hour per day waking
7/18/2017 11:19:59 am
The advice Carnegie gives is all stuff you've heard before, but he pairs it with compelling stories about people who've taken the worrying to an extreme and who've totally turned their lives around by ditching their angst. Some of my favorite points:
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