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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071601082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071601085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ariel Kane and Shya Kane are bestselling, award-winning authors, seminar leaders, and consultants.


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Since 1987 Ariel & Shya Kane have been steadily sharing a way of living life directly, in the moment, without worry, stress, or anxiety. From their ground-breaking book "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work" to "How to Create a Magical Relationship", gold medal winner of the Nautilus Book Award for best book of the year in the category of Relationships / Men & Women's Issues, to their speaking engagements at the United Nations Society for Enlightenment and Transformation and Alternatives - the UK's premier venue for some of the biggest names in the mind, body, spirit world - Ariel & Shya continue to reach audiences hungry for the possibility of a life filled with ease, well being and satisfaction. Their acclaimed seminars in New York City, Europe and Costa Rica open up previously unseen possibilities in people's lives, allowing them to live the life of their dreams. You can learn more about their seminars, internet radio show: Being Here, latest book: "How to Have A Match Made in Heaven, A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating, and Marriage" as well as their Excellence Club online community at:
www.MatchMadeinHeavenBook.com and www.TransformationMadeEasy.com

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Thank you, Ariel and Shya Kane, for this magical book.
Shannon Nelson
The book presents 3 simple principles that can transform your life and bring you to the present moment.
Ralf Borgartz
Entertaining, fun, easy to read and simple to understand.
T. Love

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By John Campbell on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a self-help junky for much of my life, I have read a great deal. Much has helped for a short time, but there was always a sense of searching and not finding.

I read "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work" several years ago and enjoyed it, but it did not make a lasting impression at the time.

Six months ago I rediscovered the book on my shelves - reread it - the epiphany arrived. No book has made as profound an impact on my life as this one - not because it is brilliant, although it is. The book transforms or shifts the way you approach life and leads to different actions. That is what all self-help or spiritual books should do, but almost never deliver. I have read a lot of Zen and Buddhism, which spoke to me profoundly, but they did not alter my life as this small book has.

I would compare this book to Strunk and White's "Elements of Style". Another small book that points one to a lifetime of wisdom. As that book does for writing, the Kanes' book outlines the fundamentals of living a magical life, but it is up to you to act in the present to bring it about.

The Kanes are also very generous in providing free podcasts which expand upon and give example to their ideas. They are genuinely enthusiastic about their ideas and providing opportunities for people to learn more, but they are not aggressive in selling. One could simply buy their book and listen to their free podcasts. For a little over ten dollars, you could have a new life.

Six months ago I would have scoffed at that notion. Not today.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Steve Essig on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
In Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The Three Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life, Ariel and Shya Kane deliver a brilliant and inspiring message: happiness, intimacy, and full self-expression in all areas of your life are not "goals" which one must consciously strive to achieve - but are already here NOW IN THIS VERY MOMENT! if you are simply present in your life and available to experience them.

This seemingly simple but in fact quite profound message challenges realms of psychotherapeutic approaches, as well as ideas like the fixation on "restoring your wounded inner child" which have dominated self-help
literature for decades.

Since my first exposure to the Kane's philosophy - articulated in their New York workshops and seminars as well as several excellent and stimulating books - my life has become far freer, less plagued by doubt and open to a far wider variety of possibilities and experiences whether in work, recreation, relationships etc.

I urge everyone to read this fabulous book (as well as the Kane's other writings including their most recent How to Have A Match Made in Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating, and Marriage in order to access such possibilities for themselves. Heartily
recommended - five stars!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Andy Schneeflock on May 1, 2009
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This is an incredible book! A must read! With every page I read, I feel more relaxed and energized. The Kane's three principals are so easy and fun and it makes life just flow. I feel so empowered every time I read this book,
(I must have read it at least three times now, and that's a record for me!) I always discover something within the pages that I've never seen before. I highly recommend this book to you. And to you. And yes, even to you. I
really think you'll love it.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kat Ross on September 1, 2012
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I'm one of those people who grew up thinking that you have to learn from your mistakes and typically when I did something "wrong" I had to be hard on myself so that I wouldn't do that again. I used to walk around completely stressed out about how I can do my life right. Since reading this book that has completely changed. Ariel and Shya say that you can't do it wrong, that you are perfect just the way you are. And you'd think that if you stopped trying to change things for the better that life would just stop and that is absolutely not true. When you stop being hard on yourself you then have the freedom to do the things in life that bring you joy, including finishing personal and work projects. Life is perfect just the way it is and that really is a miracle.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By lmcurney on April 23, 2009
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I always used to think that 'living in the moment' was an abstract concept that you could only achieve by meditating for years on a mountaintop. I wanted it, but couldn't understand how it could possibly work for me, with my busy life. Well, Ariel and Shya Kane and their incredible book have shown me that not only is it possible, but it can be fun! The Kane's approach to living in the moment puts the light back in enlightenment; their book is written with humor and compassion and is a joy to read. It combines simple, profound ideas with their own personal stories and experiences. After reading their books, Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life, How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 Simple Ideas that Will Instantaneously Transform Your Love Life and Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment, I have experienced so much transformation in my own life. So much of the stress and pain I created by "working on myself" for years has dissolved and been replaced with a sense of ease and an urgency and passion for living my life! Possibilities and opportunities have emerged that were once beyond my wildest dreams. If you are tired of living in a constant loop of thoughts and are interested in experiencing more satisfaction in all areas of your life, pick up this book today!
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