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10 lessons from Andy Andrews’ The Little Things: Why you really SHOULD sweat the small stuff

Ever picked up a book and as you read through the preface and introduction, you start thinking twice about picking it? Well, this was me when I started reading The Little Things: why you really should sweat the small stuff. BUT, something pushed me to keep paging through and I’m glad I did.

With just over 150 pages, including the introduction and the author’s note, and super short chapters, the book is a quick read.

*** Disclaimer: This is not a book review but a reflection of the lessons that I learnt after reading it.

So let’s get straight into it:

  1. Just because you’ve chose not to see something, acknowledge its existence or notice it, doesn’t mean that it does not exist.

  2. We need to notice and affirm the “little” things. These “little” things create a solid foundation (serve as a foundation) of the bigger things to come. The things we are in pursuit of. Allow me to quote him verbatim here: “You were not made to bury yourself in minutia of constantly decreasing size. Your life has been created for growth and inclusion. It is intended that you use little things as a springboard of a pathway to the big picture (i.e. masterpiece) you are making of your life. The little things are simply the means we employ to achieve the end result we desire.”