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19 Life-Changing Takeaways from the book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living"
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Ever been worried, anxious, or feeling stressed?
If so, Dale Carnegie's masterpiece "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” is an absolute must-read.
His work has touched the lives of millions.
And his writing is clear, simple, and packed with pure wisdom that will last forever as long as human relationships exist.
So here are my 19 takeaways from his best-seller book that I know will inspire you and give you the motivation you’ve been looking for:
Take it one day at a time
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
Be kind to others
Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.
Change your attitude, change your life
Our thoughts make us what we are.
Gratitude can change everything
If you want to conquer the world, you must first conquer your own mind.
Keep yourself busy and find healthy distractions
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
Overcome fear by facing it
Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
Choose your perspective
Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.
Take care of your body
Fatigue is often the cause of failure.
Relax and recharge
Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.
Focus on what's important
The successful man is the average man, focused.
Learn from criticism
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
Surround yourself with positive people
Surround yourself with people who believe in you.
Set a limit on how much you allow yourself to worry.
Put a stop loss on your worries
Forgive others and yourself
Holding a grudge doesn't make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn't make you weak; it sets you free.
Focus on what you can control
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Find purpose in life
The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping.
Live in the present moment
Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
I’ll speak to you again next week.
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