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


For anyone tired of chasing ever–elusive desires, of doing more only to find that more needs doing, and of making more money only to need more money, best–selling author Chin–Ning Chu shows you that life was meant to be easy, if you know the secrets.

From the best–selling author of The Working Woman's Art of War, comes an important and timely book about the side of success that most don't know about the power of selective yielding, of ...

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For anyone tired of chasing ever–elusive desires, of doing more only to find that more needs doing, and of making more money only to need more money, best–selling author Chin–Ning Chu shows you that life was meant to be easy, if you know the secrets.

From the best–selling author of The Working Woman's Art of War, comes an important and timely book about the side of success that most don't know about the power of selective yielding, of surrendering to a successful destiny, and of getting what you want by not wanting it too much.

Using Carl Jung's famous parable of the rainmaker as a framework, Chin–Ning Chu explains universal truths about the nature of effort, success, willpower, detachment, "creating luck," and more. Illustrating the four "secrets of the rainmaker" with rich anecdotes from history, personal experience, and popular culture, Ching–Ning explains how to create success by attaining inner harmony, how to partner effort with ease, how to make peace with time, and how to stop reacting and start restfully controlling the events of your life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reputedly the most popular American author in Asia, Chin-Ning Thick Face, Black Heart; Asian Mind Game brings together her background as a Chinese-American, the writings of Carl Jung and current trends in time management and quantum theory in this unique self-help treatise. She refers frequently to the parable of the rainmaker, made famous by Jung, in which a man ends a five-year drought through inner "harmony with the Divine." Claiming that "[l]ife was meant to be easy," and "there is no need for suffering and struggle," Chin-Ning takes readers through the rainmaker's "three secrets--fine tuning your actions, putting your mind at ease, and tapping into the Divine power." Following these examples, according to the author, results in "creating an environment within yourself that attracts the elements of synchronicity and hidden coherence." But far from promising a life free of difficulty, stress or pain, she suggests learning to accept the "game" of life as a "fun" chance for your soul to "show off your skills" at coping with adversity. Using unusual metaphors and personal stories, Chin-Ning provides a brief, simple, clear path toward living our destiny and "returning to our Divine nature." Author tour. Oct.
Library Journal
Chu Thick Face, Black Heart, AMC, 1992; Asian Mind Game, Rawson, 1991, president of Asian Marketing Consultants, has written a book that strives to teach people how to become more successful and satisfied with their lives. Though the publisher describes Chu as "the most successful American author in Asia," the book is slightly removed from reality. Chu uses Jung's story of the rainmaker, a myth in which a man who does nothing accomplishes much because he puts himself "in harmony with the Divine," as the foundation of the book. Unfortunately, she also uses bad science, bad history, and bad psychology to prove her points. Although some good advice is offered, it is well hidden in this mishmash of magic, psychology, and business advice. Not recommended.--Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060988753
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 348,382
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chin-Ning Chu is the bestselling American author in Asia. She is the chairperson of the Strategic Learning Institute and the president of Asian Market-ing Consultants, Inc. Through her books, speeches, seminars, and tapes, she has touched millions of lives in over forty countries and counts a number of prestigious multinational corporations among her clients. She lives in Northern California.

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Do Less, Achieve More

When the Rainmaker first arrived in the village, the drought was severe and disastrous. If he were like you and me, he would get very busy very quickly: talking to the villagers about the history of rain Patterns and setting up a ceremony hall to pray for rain -- but he didn't busy himself at all.

The Chinese word for "busy" consists of two parts. One part symbolizes the human heart, the other part symbolizes death. The meaning that can be extrapolated is that when one is excessively busy, his heart is dead. Yet in our society today everyone praises the virtue of busyness. When people ask you, "Are you busy?" you are most likely to answer, "Yes, I am so very busy; I have no time to chat." You will never say, "No, I have nothing to do," even if it is true. We associate busyness with success; only not-so-successful people are not busy. In reality, we find there are plenty of people who are very busy but going nowhere. "Busy" is not always a virtue; it often means the heart is being neglected.

Our Rainmaker's objective is to make rain, not to put on a show. He does not need to feign being industrious to impress anyone. In order to bring about his desired result, he does very little -- he settles himself down in a tent and glides into meditation. By doing very little, by embracing ease, he brings a state of harmony unto himself, and from him it overflows into the whole village. By doing less, the Rainmaker achieves more.

One of the main principles taught in hatha yoga, the Indian system of physical postures, is to allow the body to relax into a given yoga stretch instead of pushing the body into the desired posture.When you are anxious to get into the full extension and you coerce your body into position, your body inevitably resists.

When you are open and relaxed, working without effort, not attempting to get anywhere, the body opens from inside naturally and allows you to ease into deep and complete stretching. Our attitudes to ward success and the obtaining of the symbols of achievement work much the same way.

The Dilemma Of Action And Anxiety

When you are pursuing any task with great anxiety, it takes a tremendous effort to realize a meager result. You are desiring and thinking so much; you are tired even before you start to work. Though your body has performed no task, your mind has been working hard at fighting and resisting your perceived circumstances.

Prior to moving a single muscle, the mind has traveled high and low, through glory and defeat. So much energy is expended within the mind before you have had the chance to engage it in the valid pursuit of your goals that the anxiety of wanting has driven you ever further from achieving what you want. You become as ineffective as a wound-up mechanical doll, spinning involuntarily. You want to be relaxed but don't know how to let go of the thousand details that should have been done yesterday. When you force yourself to slow down, you feel guilty.

The Rhythm Of Ease And Effort

We think that making an effort is the opposite of being at ease. The paradoxical truth is that effort and ease are not in opposition -- they complement each other. Like an Olympic runner, to win a competition you must put forth much effort. Yet in order to ensure maximum performance, you must strike a balance between the effort of striving and the ease of fluid action. The same holds true for figure skating. When skaters put forth too much energy, they overspin and fall. On the other hand, if they don't give their optimal mental and physical effort, they will fall short of their best performance.

The goal to seek in the expending of effort is to have it become effortless. As a ballerina dances on her toes, her beauty and grace show through because of the endless hours of practice she puts in. Luciano Pavarotti has trained himself to sing an entire opera with his voice totally relaxed. In order to have this relaxed voice, he had to train every part of his body to handle the exertion that allows his voice to be relaxed. You have to become strong in order to relax and surrender to life's challenges. Grace and relaxation are supported by great strength. This secret of success that guides the mastery of a world-class singer, runner, or dancer stems from the same principles that lead to a superior person in any endeavor.

The Harmony Of Compromise And Striving

Within the dualistic nature of achieving is the power of compromise and striving. Think of how a river embodies these two natures. It compromises with the geographical terrain, eroding and smoothing the way as it goes while relentlessly flowing forward, striving to achieve its ultimate purpose of uniting with the ocean. These two natures are always simultaneously in balance.

The river prioritizes its effort: Gushing on to the ocean is its first goal, and removing or getting around the rock is its first goal, and removing or getting around the rock is its second. While achieving its second objective, it never loses sight of its first objective. The river has no time to stop flowing and focus on destroying a single obstructing rock before pressing onward.

In this same manner, while you put forth your exertions in striving to accomplish, remain ever diligent with a watchful eye, seeking out the rhythm of ease on the way to your goal. This principle runs throughout every aspect of our lives. In our marital lives, the first objective is to strive for sustaining and creating a loving and harmonious environment for our family...

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Table of Contents

The Rainmaker
First Secret Fine-Tune Your Actions
Do Less, Achieve More 3
Making Peace with Time 17
Trade What You Have for What You Want 43
Directed Dreaming 59
Second Secret Put Your Mind at Ease
Irritation Is the Beginning of Wisdom 75
Surrender Reveals Your Destiny 89
When You Are Willing to Not Survive, You Will Thrive 131
Grant Yourself Grace 149
Understanding the Four Toxic Motivators 165
Third Secret
Discover the Divine Power
From Reacting to Restfully Controlling 175
Find the Resting Point 181
Epilogue - Let Go 195
About Chin-Ning 201
Contacting Chin-Ning 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    I love this book

    powerful, smart, to the point. I love this book and are a HUGE fan of CHinNing Chu- her stories are simple, yet profound, the books makes so much sense...thanks for writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    I picked it up because I'm lazy

    The book was actually, to my surprise, insiteful. The philosphies in this book lead to a more fullfilling perspective. Kinda like simplifying things and cleaning out all the bull that is in your life and with it getting rid of some of that stress we all think we need to live with in order to 'suceed'.

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