I read this nonfiction book one chapter at a time. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I felt like I needed to think on and “digest” one chapter before I started reading the next one. I’m sure I’ll go back and read it again.
In The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff Andy Andrews takes stories from history and his own life to illustrate how just one little thing did and still can change the outcome of something much bigger – like a war or a person’s life. It’s along the same lines as “The Butterfly Effect” in that changing something that we deem small – like some nails, 2 degrees, half a nickel – drastically altered the desired outcome. By illustrating how things have been changed in the past he is encouraging us to realize that we can change our future and maybe even the world.
The book’s lessons can be applied to life, business, family, and more – just about anything. Do you want to be average? Then don’t read this book. Go ahead and continue doing what you’re doing. But if you want to have an extraordinary life – check it out. Then take notice of the small things in your life.
Here is some backcover copy:
Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything? That’s right… Absolutely everything.
New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. By contrast, Andy proves that it is in concentrating on the smaller things that we add value and margin.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Thomas Nelson. I purchased this book for myself. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.