How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living



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Anxiety and worries are part of every person's life, but learning to live with them is essential so that you can face even the busiest day, without falling apart. In the book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Breckenridge Carnegie provides a series of practical tips to help you learn how to manage stress, and to stop brooding on the past and worrying about the future. It will also help you to understand who you really are, and thus throw off the mask that we often don to please others. This book is a guide on how to improve your quality of life, by showing you how to make your days more pleasant and productive, and ultimately changing your mindset. 

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Analysis and key concepts


Putting something off until tomorrow only creates a false illusion: the right time to start living is now


Resigning ourselves to the worst leaves us in the position of having nothing more to lose, and so, being able to give our best, without fear of failure


To avoid feeling any anxiety, you must make decisions only after having analysed the big picture


Our thoughts determine who we are, so it is essential that we select our thoughts, and that we do so wisely


In the long run, trying to be someone you are not only produces anxiety and stress


Calculating the odds and accepting the inevitable help reduce anxiety


You won’t have time to be anxious if you are engaged in practical work that requires concentration


To keep anxiety under control, apply the stop-loss system used in the financial sector


Unjust criticism and fatigue are two catalysts of anxiety, but are easily avoided




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Many useful tips to:

  • Stop worrying about everyday problems. 
  • Learn how to manage stress and difficult situations.
  • Rediscover who you are, and follow your true nature.

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie was an exceptionally talented teacher and writer and an absolute precursor in the fields of personal development, of sales techniques and of interpersonal relationships. His best seller, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was first published in America in 1936, has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and continues to be reissued and updated in many countries throughout the world.

Publishing house:

Pocket Books