It sure beats an Indian boy named Siddhartha starving under a pipal tree waiting for enlightenment. The author, a clinical psychologist, NYU professor, and president of a management consulting firm, has obviously learned how to use his intelligence and time creatively, and his time-saving painless method for achieving success and self-realization is a shade better than most. That's partly because it includes everything: ways to read faster, plan better, remember more, relax deeper, think smarter, fight fear, solve problems--and do it all in less time. The method includes mental and physical exercises that always manage to stay on the rational side of self-hypnosis, though one might invent a ""counselor"" or two to help one through the night. All the familiar names (Abraham Maslow, Alan Lakein, William James) are present and accounted for--as is nearly every school of self-realization from Reik to EST. But this is no mere I'm okay--you're okay (or I'm OK--you're not): the exercises seem both interesting and intelligent, and pipal trees, after all, do not grow in America.