Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…And It’s ALL Small Stuff!

I read a simple but life-changing book called ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…And It’s ALL Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson. To say the least, it changed the way I looked at things – forever.

I recommend this book to anyone who tries and lives ‘life’ – or whatever is left of it – and is constantly dissatisfied, demotivated, hurt, confused with whatever is happening around us.

Some of the tips that I really loved in the books were:

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff…Of course! That’s the underlying idea! We tend to get worked up on petty stuff which shouldn’t matter. Ask yourself: ‘Will this matter a year from now?’
2. Let go of the notion that gentle, relaxed people can’t be super achievers. A more relaxed individual is more creative, motivated and is able to accomplish more.
3. Let others be ‘right’ most of the time. Stop yourself from correcting someone.
4. Become more patient. Let the other person overtake your vehicle and…smile.

5. Let go of your expectations: Frustrations are caused by expecting from someone.

6. If someone throws a ball at you, you don’t have to catch it! Don’t get worked up at anything and everything someone says to you or about you.
7.   Remind yourself that when you die your ‘inbox’ won’t be empty. There is more to life than making sure every item in your to-do list is accomplished.
8. Do something nice for someone else… And don’t tell anyone!
9. Spend everyday thinking of someone to thank. Of course, God comes first! But DO thank people around you.
10. Set aside quiet time for yourself – every day.
11. Repeat to yourself “Life isn’t an emergency”!
12. Become aware of your moods and don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the low ones.
13. Praise and blame are all the same. You can’t please all the people all the time. Don’t resent disapproval.
14. Everyday, tell at least one person something you like, admire or appreciate about them.
15. Be grateful when you are feeling good and graceful when you are feeling bad.
16. Turn your melodrama into Mellow Drama!

These are only a few of the gems in the book.

I suggest you buy and read the book. You could always keep it with you and read a chapter to steer the course of your life when needed.

I will try and share more gems in another post.

Richard died in 2006. Please pray for his soul. His wife, Kristine, has now taken the responsibility of making the world a better place. Visit their website for more resources.

Dare to dream – but BE HAPPY!

Happiness depends upon ourselves. (Aristotle)

Have a remarkable life!

Nuruddin Abjani

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  • Imran, this is a book that has changed lives. I hope it has made a positive difference in yours as well. 

    May God rest Richard Carlson’s soul in peace. 

    God bless you. 


  • Sir, I just finished this book and came up to say a BIG thank you for suggesting it. Now its time to follow the lessons ….

  • Thanks for recommending this wonderful book.  I am reading it… 

  • Really great tips and you are genius. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment, Shiv.
      No, I am NOT a genius! Just a common man learning about life as I live it.

      I am happy that you find so much value in my thoughts.

      God bless you.


  • Yasir_chemist

    Realistic Person Great MAN YOU ARE MINDBLOWING WOULD THAT i CAn Successful

  • Nuruddin Abjani

    Thanks for the touching words, Tayyiba.
    And thanks for your prayers. Aameen.

    When someone is good inside, everyone else seems good. You are one of those who see the best in people, as you are yourself.

    God bless you, always.


  • Tayyiba

    Your every word contains a lot of energy and impact( surely they comes from your heart). You are a Blessing for all those who come in contact with you. I always learn a lot from your blog, your words. and for that I am grateful to You.
    Thank You for being YOU.
    Stay BLESSED in all ways.