How To Stop Worrying And Start Living By Dale Carnegie
Sixteen Ways in Which This Book Will Help You
Preface – How This Book Was Written-and Why
Part One – Fundamental Facts You Should Know About Worry
1 – Live in “Day-tight Compartments”
2 – A Magic Formula for Solving Worry Situations
3 – What Worry May Do to You
Part Two – Basic Techniques In Analysing Worry
4 – How to Analyse and Solve Worry Problems
5 – How to Eliminate Fifty Per Cent of Your Business Worries
Nine Suggestions on How to Get the Most Out of This Book
Part Three – How To Break The Worry Habit Before It Breaks You
6 – How to Crowd Worry out of Your Mind
7 – Don’t Let the Beetles Get You Down
8 – A Law That Will Outlaw Many of Your Worries
9 – Co-operate with the Inevitable
10 – Put a “Stop-Loss” Order on Your Worries
11 – Don’t Try to Saw Sawdust
Part Four – Seven Ways To Cultivate A Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace And Happiness
12 – Eight Words that Can Transform Your Life
13 – The High, Cost of Getting Even
14 – If You Do This, You Will Never Worry About Ingratitude
15 – Would You Take a Million Dollars for What You Have?
16 – Find Yourself and Be Yourself: Remember There Is No One Else on Earth Like You
17 – If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade
18 – How to Cure Melancholy in Fourteen Days
Part Five – The Golden Rule For Conquering Worry
19 – How My Mother and Father Conquered Worry
Part Six – How To Keep From Worrying About Criticism
20 – Remember That No One Ever Kicks a Dead Dog
21 – Do This-and Criticism Can’t Hurt You
22 – Fool Things I Have Done
Part Seven – Six Ways To Prevent Fatigue And Worry And Keep Your Energy And Spirits High
23 – How to Add One Hour a Day to Your Waking Life
24 – What Makes You Tired-and What You Can Do About It
25 – How the Housewife Can Avoid Fatigue-and Keep Looking Young
26 – Four Good Working Habits That Will Help Prevent Fatigue and Worry
27 – How to Banish the Boredom That Produces Fatigue, Worry, and Resentment
28 – How to Keep from Worrying About Insomnia
Part Eight – How To Find The Kind Of Work In Which You May Be Happy And Successful
29 – The Major Decision of Your Life
Part Nine – How To Lessen Your Financial Worries
30 – “Seventy Per Cent of All Our Worries …”
Part Ten – “How I Conquered Worry” (32 True Stories)
• “Six Major Troubles Hit Me All At Once” By C.I. Blackwood
• “I Can Turn Myself into a Shouting Optimist Within an Hour” By Roger W. Babson
• “How I Got Rid of an Inferiority Complex” By Elmer Thomas
• “I Lived in the Garden of Allah” BY R.V.C. Bodley
• “Five Methods I Use to Banish Worry” By Professor William Lyon Phelps
• “I Stood Yesterday. I Can Stand Today” By Dorothy Dix
• “I Did Not Expect to Live to See the Dawn” BY J.C. Penney
• “I Go to the Gym to Punch the Bag or Take a Hike Outdoors” By Colonel Eddie Eagan
• “I Was ‘The Worrying Wreck from Virginia Tech'” By Jim Birdsall
• “I Have Lived by This Sentence” By Dr. Joseph R. Sizoo
• “I Hit Bottom and Survived” By Ted Ericksen
• “I Used to Be One of the World’s Biggest Jackasses” By Percy H. Whiting
• “I Have Always Tried to Keep My Line of Supplies Open” By Gene Autry
• “I Heard a Voice in India” BY E. Stanley Jones
• “When the Sheriff Came in My Front Door” By Homer Croy
• “The Toughest Opponent I Ever Fought Was Worry” By Jack Dempsey
• “I Prayed to God to Keep Me Out of an Orphan’s Home” By Kathleen Halter
• “I Was Acting Like an Hysterical Woman” By Cameron Shipp
• “I Learned to Stop Worrying by Watching My Wife Wash Dishes” By Rev. William Wood
• “I Found the Answer-Keep Busy!” By Del Hughes
• “Time Solves a Lot of Things” By Louis T. Montant, Jr.
• “I Was Warned Not to Try to Speak or to Move Even a Finger” By Joseph L. Ryan
• “I Am a Great Dismisser” By Ordway Tead
• “If I Had Not Stopped Worrying, I Would Have Been in My Grave Long Ago” By Connie Mack
• “One at a Time, Gentlemen, One at a Time” By John Homer Miller
• “I Now Look for the Green Light” By Joseph M. Cotter
• How John D. Rockefeller Lived on Borrowed Time for Forty-five Years
• “Reading a Book on Sex Prevented My Marriage from Going on the Rocks” BY B.R.W.
• “I Was Committing Slow Suicide Because I Didn’t Know How to Relax” By Paul Sampson
• “A Real Miracle Happened to Me” By Mrs. John Burger
• “Setbacks” BY Ferenc Molnar
• “I Was So Worried I Didn’t Eat a Bite of Solid Food for Eighteen Days” By Kathryne Holcombe Farmer
Sixteen Ways in Which This Book Will Help You
1. Gives you a number of practical, tested formulas for solving worry situations.
2. Shows you how to eliminate fifty per cent of your business worries immediately.
3. Brings you seven ways to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace and happiness.
4. Shows you how to lessen financial worries.
5. Explains a law that will outlaw many of your worries.
6. Tells you how to turn criticism to your advantage.
7. Shows how the housewife can avoid fatigue-and keep looking young.
8. Gives four working habits that will help prevent fatigue and worry.
9. Tells you how to add one hour a day to your working life.
10. Shows you how to avoid emotional upsets.
11. Gives you the stories of scores of everyday men and women, who tell you in their own words how they stopped worrying and started living.
12. Gives you Alfred Adler’s prescription for curing melancholia in fourteen days.
13. Gives you the 21 words that enabled the world-famous physician, Sir William Osier, to banish worry.
14. Explains the three magic steps that Willis H. Carrier, founder of the air-conditioning industry, uses to conquer worry.
15. Shows you how to use what William James called “the sovereign cure for worry”.
16. Gives you details of how many famous men conquered worry-men like Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times; Herbert E. Hawkes, former Dean of Columbia University; Ordway Tead, Chairman of the Board of Higher Education, New York City; Jack Dempsey; Connie Mack; Roger W. Babson; Admiral Byrd; Henry Ford; Gene Autry; J.C. Penney; and John D. Rockefeller.
How This Book Was Written-and Why
Thirty-Five years ago, I was one of the unhappiest lads in New York. I was selling motor-trucks for a living. I didn’t know what made a motor-truck run. That wasn’t all: I didn’t want to know. I despised my job. I despised living in a cheap furnished room on West Fifty-sixth Street-a room infested with cockroaches. I still remember that I had a bunch of neckties hanging on the walls; and when I reached out of a morning to get a fresh necktie, the cockroaches scattered in all directions. I despised having to eat in cheap, dirty restaurants that were also probably infested with cockroaches.
I came home to my lonely room each night with a sick headache-a headache bred and fed by disappointment, worry, bitterness, and rebellion. I was rebelling because the dreams I had nourished back in my college days had turned into nightmares. Was this life? Was this the vital adventure to which I had looked forward so eagerly? Was this all life would ever mean to me-working at a job I despised, living with cockroaches, eating vile food-and with no hope for the future? … I longed for leisure to read, and to write the books I had dreamed of writing back in my college days.