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Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less Paperback – February 1, 2009
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“A wise, compassionate, and insightful guide to finding spaciousness in the only place it truly exists: inside your own mind, heart, and life.”
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“With gentle wisdom and real-world common sense, Marc Lesser effortlessly integrates profound spiritual wisdom into a clear and doable program for sane self-improvement, whatever the challenges of your work or life.”
— Norman Fischer, Zen abbot and teacher, poet, and author of Sailing Home
“Marc Lesser dives into one of the most pervasive and persistent difficulties of our time — overwhelming busyness — with courage, deep practical know-how, profound spiritual understanding, and kindness....Less goes way beyond most self-help books — yet stays within everyone’s reach. Quite amazing.”
— James Flaherty, founder of New Ventures West Integral Coaching and author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others
“This valuable work is so loaded with practical, applicable insights and suggestions to simplify work and daily existence that after reading it I felt that I should be studying at Marc’s feet....Give your daily life and work a spring cleaning by following the practices and path suggested in this book.”
— Peter Coyote, actor and writer
“This Buddhist teacher-cum-lifestyle coach has come up with a very practical life plan.”
— Mandala magazine
“Less is more, as the old saying goes. Author Marc Lesser takes this to heart in his new book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. 'Too often we mistakenly believe that doing less makes us lazy and results in a lack of productivity,' Lesser writes. What it really does, he argues, is make us better appreciate the things we actually do get done. The author offers a 'Less Manifesto' aimed at getting more of those kinds of things you can’t put your hands on: patience, love, kindness, generosity, and quiet self-reflection.”
— Body + Soul magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
In addition to countless other simple, but powerful concepts like the one I just mentioned, LESS also teaches readers how to practice meditation as a way to slow down the busyness in your life. "The Less Manifesto" which is introduced in Chapter 3, focuses on the core of self-defeating habits - fear, assumptions, distractions, resistance, and busyness and eloquently and simply describes how to change these habits and have more productivity, but also how to have better relationships with others. My book club is reading LESS next month and I'm looking forward to a lively discussion. FIVE STARS for LESS!
How does anyone manage to be highly successful and productive, while doing less? Lesser (and yes, don't you love his name!) presents his framework in what he calls the "Less Manifesto," where he addresses five "core" categories of thinking and being that get in the way of accomplishing more: 1) fear; 2) assumptions; 3) distractions; 4) resistance; and 5) busyness. He dedicates an entire chapter to each of these categories, and includes practical exercises with real-life examples to really make it all come alive.
For example, in the chapter called, "Fear," Lesser discusses what he calls "...one of the more insidious anxieties of modern life...fearing a lack of time." To help us wrestle with this fear, he presents the concepts of "relative time," meaning clock time, and the alternate "absolute time," which is psychological time, the present ongoing "now moment." He provokes the reader's thinking as he explores these ideas. Then, he offers some simple strategies to reduce the fear of time, such as playing with your time by stepping out of time for a few minutes a day, or by meditating each day. He also offers tips for journal writing, reducing stress, establishing positive routines, as well as ideas for implementing these strategies in the workplace.Read more ›
If you feel busy and generally frustrated with your life management skills, these are definitely 158 pages that are worth the money and will produce results fairly quickly if you do the work!
Less would be particularly valuable for those who haven't had many classes in interpersonal communication. It's succinct but deep on the practices which can make us more effective and less anxious.
Unlike many works which offer philosophical principles, Marc Lesser's provides practical, actionable steps to achieve those laudable goals.
Tip: if the word "meditation" makes your woo-woo alarms go off, substitute "contemplation" or "big picture time". Though it offers spiritual depth, the book is valuable for the practical tips alone.
If you had a hard time getting into Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, this is a much more approachable book with many of the same lessons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lesser pulls so much together in one book. Very engaging, good questions for self discovery. I'll read this more than once and highly recommend to others.Published 19 months ago by julie2
Overall, there is some great meditation-focused advice in this book. What would have made it more useful to me is if it had included a workbook to make me more inclined to try the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kathleen Hayman
I will not get bored rereading this book over and over. The insights and thoughtfulness gives the reader plenty to apply to life and to grow from.Published on January 25, 2014 by Annemarie Clark
A down to earth, useful book with an interesting view of life. "Less is More" come to life within these pages.Published on November 14, 2013 by wilma Melville
This is a great book for anyone running a coaching practice, for the leader whose team complains of being perpetually busy and exhausted, for anyone who wants to find ways to find... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Karl Gostner
This book changed my life--personally, professionally. I read it, followed the advice and written strategies. In this one short book,a revolution unfolds. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Milton R. Schlosser
Lesser (his name and the book title are coincidental) combines his experiences as an MBA CEO with those of teaching Zen. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Joyce
Feeling weighed down recently, I purchased 4 books about decluttering: Less, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life,... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by cxlxmx