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5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Provacative and Engaging Read, June 23, 2009
This review is from: Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less (Paperback)
Marc Lesser's book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less is a thought-provoking, inspiring, and refreshing read. This book offers an excellent recipe for cooking up a calmer yet more productive life both personally and in the workplace. The author is paradoxically both a Zen priest and a highly successful entrepreneur. He brings real-life examples of practical ways he and others he has coached have crafted lives and businesses that are productive, fulfilling, and totally free of frenetic "busyness."

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.

Here is a favorite quote from the book that seems to really hit the essence of Lesser's message:

"Less striving, less trying, less racing, less pushing can lead to surprisingly better results."

This is a book that I will be coming back to over and over again I am quite sure.
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