October 13, 2009

The Price of Worry

"We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies."

Etty Hillesum

Jewish Thinker/Writer

Died November 30, 1943, Auschwitz

That we all worry is no revelation, nor is saying that worrying, needlessly or otherwise, affects our performance.

The goal should not be to not worry but to only worry about what is important, about things over which we can exert some control.

So easy to say, so difficult to do.

How does worry affect your business life and what, if anything, do you do to control the negative affects of worry?


  1. I am often amazed when I look back at something I thought would be the end of me but turns out no big deal. A lot of worry about very little.

    If I could just find a way to figure out what is and is not worth my worry.

    By the way, I am new to this blog and like what I see. Now all I need do is worry about how I will ever get through all the previous posts.

  2. Me too Franklin.

    Worrying compulsively can be like a disease. I know I shouldn't and know that some things are just not worth worrying about, but I don't know how to control it.

    Suggestions welcome!

  3. Well, I didn't and don't like what you said in today's Wall Street Journal but do like what you're doing here.