From Herbert E. Hawkes, Dean of Columbia College, Columbia University in the book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (pp. 35-36) by Dale Carnegie

…helped two hundred thousand students solve their worry problems; … “confusion is the chief cause of worry.”…“Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision. For example,” he said, “if I have a problem which has to be faced at three o’clock next Tuesday, I refuse to even try to make a decision about it until next Tuesday arrives. In the meantime, I concentrate on getting all the facts that bear on the problem. I don’t worry,” he said. “I don’t agonize over my problem. I don’t lose any sleep. I simply concentrate on getting the facts. And by the time Tuesday rolls around, if I’ve got all the facts the problem usually solves itself!”… “I think I can honestly say that my life is now almost totally devoid of worry. I have found,” he went on, “that if a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge.”

Let me repeat that: “If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge.” But what do most of us do? If we bother with facts at all— and Thomas Edison said in all seriousness, “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the labor of thinking”— if we bother with facts at all, we hunt like bird dogs after the facts that bolster up what we already think— and ignore all the others

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