Worrying gets you nowhere

Worrying keeps the mind busy and zaps energy but it does not change anything.

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. ~ Glenn Turner

Worrying in itself does not make the future better.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Worrying stops you from doing things.

You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. ~ Pat Schroeder

Worrying can cause physical problems.

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body. ~ Martin Luther

Worrying is often about things that will never happen.

Most things I worry about never happen anyway. Tom Petty

Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don’t even know if you owe. Mark Twain

Since worrying does not get you anywhere, do something about it instead. Take one worry at a time, either solve it or drop it. It is a waste of time and energy to let worries continue to spin.

“Worry a little every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.”

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.


  1. Victoria

    Great post! Got any specific tips to keep us jobhunters from worrying? It’s often challenging not to worry about whether the recruiter is going to call back, whether you are working hard enough at your search and leading it in the right direction, etc. I like how you said “Take one worry at a time, either solve it or drop it.”. How do we do this with the big worries (i.e. getting a job) or the ones that are not ultimately up to us (i.e.: will they call me back after that interview).?

  2. Bengt

    Thanks for your comment!

    Jobhunting can be a pain but worrying does not move anyone forward.

    If the recruiter will call you back or not falls into the “drop it” category. Do your best at the interviews but after that it’s not up to you so leave it alone.

    The big issue – getting a job – is something you can work on. Do all that you can, apply for jobs etc, be active instead of worrying. Spread the word that you’re looking for a job, figure out which direction to go. Keep moving and there’s less time to worry (Worry never fixes anything).

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