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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Book Review

Title: The Little Things: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, 2017
Genre: Non-fiction, Inspirational, Self-help  

First Lines:

(From the Introduction)
Soon you will come to understand how and why a simple adjustment in perspective can produce personal and career results far beyond what most people ever imagine.
First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Andy Andrews. I am a Noticer.
It is entirely possible that I am the first professional Noticer you've ever met...
Goodreads Description:

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.

“In a world where so many feel powerless, wouldn’t it be great to feel in control? Then know this. Perspective can be more important than basic answers.

“I am more passionate than ever about my search to notice that one thing . . . that one tiny thing that, when understood and harnessed, allows us to create a life of extraordinary purpose and powerful results. It’s less about drive and will power than it is about understanding certain principles and why they work . . . every time.

Andrews provides common-sense perspective and a game plan for meeting various challenges, such as:

  • Managing life in a society that seems to be constantly offended by something or someone
  • Creating change that is permanent and not short term
  • Dramatically increasing results by harnessing the fraction of margin between second place and first
  • Understanding our spiritual connection with God and how that affects planning and outcome
  • Identifying the very moment when asking the question why? multiplies the success of an endeavor
  • Recognizing the smallest details that ensure the greatest success
My Review:

I'm a big fan of Andy Andrews' writing and perspective. He has a way of looking at things that is fresh and different - of making the reader say, "Hmm, I never thought of it like that before. That makes sense!" His style is conversational, as if you are chatting over coffee or tea in a tidy, comfortable setting. 

In fifteen relatively short chapters, Andy addresses a variety of "little things" people SHOULD sweat over - things like taking offense, quitting, change. "Wait a minute," you say - "those aren't little things!" See, you do need to read this book, if only to find out why these ideas are included.

My favourite chapter is on change and the myths Andy refutes: 1) It takes time to change. 2) A person must want to change, and 3) A person won't change until he hits rock bottom. "What? Susan, these aren't myths!" you argue. Really? Are you sure? Again, you need to read this book.

You will definitely learn something new, and it may just improve your life. If you do read it, let me know what you think or what impact it has.

This makes a great gift book too! 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


  1. Thanks, Susan, as a result of your review and drawing my attention again to this book, I'll definitely be taking a look at it. People DO take offence easily and that bothers me. And perhaps I do, too, and that bothers me. I'm interested to know his take on this human interaction.

    1. Let me know what you think - especially on the topic of taking offence!

    2. Could it be that it's not available in stores?

    3. I would be surprised if that's the case, but stores have limited shelf space also. I'm sure they'd be willing to order it for you? Or, you could order from Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Coles, Andy's website...? Hope you can get your hands on it. Check your library! ;)

  2. A "Professional Noticer." Now that's something new. I wonder how much one of those earns in a year. :) Maybe I should look into getting a job as one.

    1. I think Andy earns a pretty decent income, Sherry. If you've got it, go for it!


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