The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard

Ollivier Pourriol, translated by Helen Stevenson
AUD $24.99

Relax: it's the best way to be better at everything.

We've often been told that anything worthwhile can only be achieved through sustained effort, hard work or 10,000 hours of practice. But what if the opposite were true?

The French have known it for centuries. We can see it in their laissez faire parenting, their chic style and their haute cuisine - the French barely seem to be trying, yet the results are world famous.

Here, philosopher Ollivier Pourriol draws lessons from French legends to show that the best results in life come not from working harder but from letting go. From Stendhal's writing technique to Phillipe Petit's grace on the tightrope; from the eloquence of Cyrano de Bergerac to the serenity of Rodin and the simplicity of Descartes, this book shows how the greatest French artists, musicians, writers, thinkers and chefs have perfected the art of making their achievements seem easy. And how we can cultivate such je ne sais quoi in our own lives.

Author bio:

Ollivier Pourriol is a philosopher, writer and prize-winning novelist, who has been exploring the art of living, ambition and creativity for over twenty years. He has lectured at the Paris Philharmonie, and many cinemas, where his lectures mix philosophy and film. Throughout his work he explores the role of imagination in our lives, and easier ways to reach our goals. He lives in Paris, where he puts his ideas into practice

Category: Self-help & practical
ISBN: 9781788163279
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: December 2020
Page Extent: 208
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Assertiveness, motivation & self-esteem