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i am not what i consider a worrier but having heard the other book how to win friends and influence people i brought this book.
I am glad i did,it has some pearls of wisdom and in hindsight i do worry to some extent and have since stopped.
It is an interesting book and i recommend it.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Many self-health books do not give practical advice about how to stop worrying. This is not one of them. "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living" has been a great comfort to me over the years. I first read the book nearly 10 years ago when I desperately needed help to cope with taking exams at school. It definitely helped me get through the exams and since then I have used the book to deal with all sorts of worries, from job interviews to bereavement to dealing with criticism from others.
One of the best aspects of the book is the huge number of true life stories of people who have dealt with all sorts of difficult situations, everything from low self-esteem to facing up to a terminal illness. Dale Carnegie doesn't berate the reader or speak down to them, but nor does he pander to their fears. He encourages you to look at your worry situation clearly and honestly and to take practical steps to resolve the issue or to learn to cope with it.
Is the tone of the book old-fashioned? Well, a bit. Obviously, it was written in the 1940s and so certain attitudes relate to that time period. For example, women were only starting to make their mark in the world of work, and the book reflects this. Nevertheless, I think most of the stories are timeless and are still useful and relevant today.
I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who is a worrier and / or going through a difficult time.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this audio book. I discovered it at a time of need. The reader, Andrew MacMillan is awesome. Sometimes when I listen to audio books the information is excellent, but the reader is too monotone. But Andrew did an exceptional job with this book. I am looking for other books read by him because his voice is so soothing.
Although most of the examples cited in the book are from a different era, I fully understood the message. It does not make a difference whether it happened during the first century or current, worry is a constant no matter when you live(d).
I was able to take the information, use the examples, and apply them to my situation.
However, this is not something you read once and then put down. You have to listen to it periodically. With everything else in life, we need reminders. This is no exception. I keep the book on my iPod and refresh my thoughts. In fact, I have specific areas that I have pinpointed that I like to listen to again and again.
I also shared the book with my husband and he thought it was excellent as well.
Also, as an educator, I think we should share this type of information with our teenagers. They need to learn how to cope with worry at an early age. I think it is important that we train them how to handle worry before they become adults.
80 of 87 people found this review helpful
I have long been on this path of self development and I am not new to Dale Carnegie's work. For some reason I had not even heard of this book until now.
The book is a typical Dale Carnegie book and gleams from experience. There is so much content in this book, a lot of it is common sense, but how many of us use common sense.
If you are looking for a book that gives you strategies to use then this is a book could have been written in modern times. I doubt it will go out of flavor any time soon
18 of 20 people found this review helpful