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Do Less, Achieve More: Discover the Hidden Power of Giving In

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Self-Help, Spirituality, Philosophy
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Kirtida Gautam
May 04, 2016 Kirtida Gautam rated it liked it
I loved-- and I mean LOVED Thick Face, Black Heart-- and that is the ONLY reason why I am giving this book a 3 stars and not 4 starts. I liked this book, it's one of the good books I read this year, but it is no where close to the first book I read of Chin Ning Chu. I will still read the Asian Mind Game because this is a good book, there is hardly any doubts there.
Gregg Bell
Dec 05, 2013 Gregg Bell rated it really liked it

Okay let's face it. Self-help books need catchy titles. "Do Less, Achieve More" is no exception. (If you think about the logical progression of this title, it would be "Do Nothing, Achieve Everything.") (And now that I think about it, that would be the sort of book I'd be interested in.) But this is a good book.

And one of the reason's it's good is because the author speaks her mind. Often in a desultory fashion, but there is more than enough good here to offset the bad. I'm not sure what the ove

Jul 26, 2009 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
While perusing the Self-Help section of the library, I chose this book because it was succinct and well-organized. Each section header clearly states what you will find in that section, and sections are small, generally under two pages. A folk tale of a Rainmaker’s success story is used throughout the chapters as an example of achievement based upon doing less—-or at least doing less outwardly.

The first few chapters offer good advice without wasting words in long explanations. Chu explores theme
Devika Koppikar
Oct 14, 2010 Devika Koppikar rated it it was amazing
A great book on time management and getting optimum results. These days, people tend toward "do, do, do and die," rather than visualizing, contemplating and working toward greater goals. This book tells you that working hard is not about going through long hours of motion - but really focusing on what energizes you.

Some tips I liked:

* When looking at your to-do list, select the item that energizes you the most and do that first.

* If you leave your desk in the middle of a task, keep saying out
Jan 17, 2010 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Smart author of self-help book on how to breakthrough the excessive distractions of modern life so as to pursue what is central to you and finding the time in which to do it. One chapter which is particularly interesting advises directed dreaming, which for me was very useful. The idea is that you put down those things you want to accomplish for the next day on a piece of paper and let your mind work on how to do it, so that the next day you're already ready to tackle the task.
Jan 04, 2014 LemontreeLime rated it it was ok
I find myself a little disappointed with this one. It read more like one of the many new age motivational texts so popular in the past ten years, it did not feel original to me. But perhaps that says more about my reading than her writing. I will chalk this one up to my not being the optimal target audience and someone else may really dig this.
Jen Berthold
Mar 04, 2012 Jen Berthold rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book. This is one I read over and over again. So much so I kept getting fined for returning it overdue to the library and finally got my own copy for Christmas.
Whenever I feel like I am beating my head against a brick wall this is the book I pull out. It helps put everything in perspective.
Kenneth Knudson
Jan 09, 2015 Kenneth Knudson rated it really liked it
This book offers great insights on how to find inner peace. My favorite chapter was the introduction to the life of George Washington. Chu uses Washington to show that many people go through three cycles: hunger, despair, and surrender. Washington hungered for political power. After he received it, he realized that responsibility can be hard. Then he goes through the other two cycles.
Dec 22, 2010 Meko rated it really liked it
The first time I read it is 2 years before and I read it again recently.
It is very easy to understand but it seems covering too many information. After finished the whole book, I can really recall what I have learnt from it.
However, it still a good book to keep and read for life.
Amy Bermudez
Jan 18, 2013 Amy Bermudez rated it it was ok
Some parts really resonated with me. A lot of parts didn't. I wouldn't reread this book, but I'm glad I read it the one time that I did.
Aug 22, 2010 Suresh rated it really liked it
It explains concepts from Eastern spirituality/philosophy that can aid us in our growth. By following the natural laws one can find how things get accomplished harmoniously and holistically.
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It is a good book.
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