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Little Things

Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff
Narrated by: Andy Andrews
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

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 best-selling 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 
©2017 Andy Andrews (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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Narrator trying really hard to be funny is really annoying and I didn't get very far into the book because of this

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This book is painful to listen to. I spent far too long listening to an introduction which berates other authors for writing boring introductions. I can't even begin to describe the irony. Go to the library and read the chapter titles. Save your money and time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-18

Disappointing

I loved the Noticer. This felt like a long winded lecture. Struggled to finish it.

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  • Daniel Bordin
  • 10-01-18

Fragmented

The narrative is caotic and there aren’t connection between subject. For this I would give two stars. But I give 3 stars because there are some very good points between all the noise.

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  • Laura
  • 07-04-17

Love the Non-Conclusion

I've always enjoyed Andy's writing and storytelling ability. This book helped me to get a better perspective on perspectives and how little things can make a big difference in the big picture of life. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks their efforts (as small as they may seem) are not making a difference in the world. The truth is that little things sometimes make the biggest difference of all.

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  • JustDisGuy
  • 11-03-17

A homerun for Andy!!

This is easily Andy's masterpiece. If you've never read Andy's work, this is an excellent place to start. I have no doubt that my investment in this audiobook will pay off in all aspects of my life, not least financially. Read Andy. Doesn't matter which book - you can't miss when you're reading his work. Thanks Andy!

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  • stephanie f.
  • 24-03-17

Well said!

Well said as usual... full of truths we overlook while thinking we are "living" our lives.... create yourself bigger than you know yourself to be and believe it! The mind is a powerful things along with the words we tell ourself
Listen to our Heavenly Fathers wishes for us... they are real! And amazing!

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  • Quella
  • 16-05-17

The little things matter

I have read a few of Andy Andrews’ previously books a few years ago and wanted to listen to something a little more current from this author. That is why I picked up “Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff” which was one of Andrews more current releases at the time of this review; released in early 2017. Not only is the book written by Andrews, but the audio edition is skillfully narrated by him. Andrews takes the well-known phrase we have all heard saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” and turns that on its head by saying it is often the small stuff that makes all the differences in many cases. If you are looking for reasons to sweat the smaller things in life, not to become fearful of them, but more showing how the smaller things we do can have great impact during one’s life and even afterwards. Andrews give many examples from history where the little things made the difference between life and death, success and failure, etc. It is a rather quick listen at only four and a half hours in audio format. Andrews never disappoints with his writing style that is often very conversational including wit, humor, and a few earth-shattering concepts that when understood and applied may change your life forever.

Andrews books always contain light hearted reading, that often can have a deep impact when properly understood. He claims to be a professional “Noticer” (based also in many of his other books) who often sees things that others do not observe during our day-to-day activities. What I like the most about his work is that it is written in a way that nearly anyone could pick up one of his books and get something from them. His books are also timeless and relevant to the many different places people are in their life journey; young adult, adult, aged, etc. One could even re-read many of his books and learn something new at every stage of life. Andrews is a well-respected speaker, author, and consults some of the top corporations around the globe; including the US government and military agencies.

I like very much his many examples where the small stuff made the difference. He talks about western expansion, civil war, failed country leaders, broken up spy rings and many more. All were impacted by the small things that occurred and yet most of us only remember the larger outcomes from them. In many ways, it is also easier to attach things in smaller incremental steps than to attack something head on all at once. As the old saying goes, one eats an elephant one bite at a time. Andrews, in a similar way, say that the small things we do have a ripple effect that can have grand impact overall.

The audio narration was expertly and professionally done. I like that Andrews while narrating the audiobook included a few whimsical statements relating only to audiobook listeners; not a part of the book. He includes areas where he felt punctuation does not express well his intentions, and this can be added (and it is) in this audiobook version via his expression. Being a professional speaker, the narration was well-done and Andrews adds inflection to his work, which is not a surprise being he is the book’s author.

In summary, if you have read and enjoyed any other books written by Andrews I would recommend you pick this book up and have a listen. It is worth the credit and time spent for what you will learn from the book. If you have read and not enjoyed Andrews other works, this book is much of the same, but it is seen from a different angle from them.

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  • Dave
  • 07-03-17

Amazing-Powerful-Life Changing

Buy this book. I read 245 books last year (several by Andy Andrews) and this book is easily top 5. A good man with a good heart bringing a fantastically good message of hope.
Thanks Mr. Andrews.
Dave Wadsworth

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  • S. Denise
  • 21-03-17

His very best!

I have read or listened to all of Andy's books! His other books were so remarkable that it was hard to believe he could top them! This book challenges me, like none other! Mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, in myself for myself and in each of my relationships! I just ordered 10 copies of this book, in various formats, for others I believe in, including my children, managers, siblings, friends and my precious mother who is 82! Next month I will get 10 more! Thank you Andy!

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  • markell
  • 04-12-18

good listen but mehhh.

The author tellers a bunch of stories great stories; and he is a great story teller. it was just hard to pull anything from them as they seem fictional. or at least the dialogue was hard to believe. each story was about hindsight, and what we learned from the mistakes

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  • Jacob P
  • 02-04-20

A Must-Listen/Read!

Andy Andrews delivers again with a must-listen/read for not just our time, but any time. Too many of us are prone to overlooking the small things that add up to big differences, ask the wrong "why" about circumstances and fail to notice and make use of the difference between perception and perspective. This book should help with all of those issues that help restrain us from living our best lives possible.