Summary of How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living book summary
Worrying will get you nowhere — just ask Dale Carnegie, who says analyze the issue at hand, focus on solutions, and quit fretting because that’s a total waste of time.


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Dale Carnegie compiles time tested wisdom in this book of principles on how to avoid worrying about problems you can’t affect. Carnegie outlines some basic principles to help you stop worrying. He draws from common sense, from people who have achieved peace and happiness, and from the sayings of philosophers, business leaders and others. Although Carnegie wrote his book in the 1940’s and some of his examples may seem dated, his basic principles are timeless - in fact, ahead of his time. He presents them in an easy-to-read, personal way. He draws on his own and other people’s experiences to show a number of techniques for letting go of worries and becoming more productive. getAbstract recommends this self-development classic to everyone.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you should avoid spending time obsessing about the past or worrying about the future;
  • How to analyze a problem so you can do something about it; and
  • How to change your mental attitude and gain happiness.


Stop Worrying About the Past or the Future
To get the most out of this book, review the basic principles and think about how you can apply them. Then, use them whenever you have an opportunity. Keep a diary showing how and when you used them, and review your progress periodically. Consider...
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About the Author

Dale Carnegie was a well-known inspirational teacher and writer. His books sold in the millions of copies in the 1940’s. They became the basis for a series of seminars and training programs for people in business, especially in sales. His books include How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking, How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job, and The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking.

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