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Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (October 1, 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0446670200
  • ASIN: B001Q3M5WQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chin-Ning Chu is president of Asian Marketing Consultants, Inc., and is an international lecturer, corporate trainer, consultant, and author of The Chinese Mind Game and The Asian Mind Game. Considered the foremost expert in the world on the subject of understanding the Asian business psyche, she is also the bestselling business author in Asia. Born in Tienjin, China, Ms. Chu fled with her family to Taiwan after the fall of mainland China to the Communists. At age sixteen, she entered a Catholic convent in preparation for a life of asceticism. Her father later removed her from the convent and thrust her into the world of higher education. Ms. Chu's work is highly praised by the international media, including CNN, USA Today, the London Financial Times, the People's Daily in China, the Asia editions of People, Bazaar, and Vogue, and many others. She counts a number of prestigious multinational corporations among her clients, and during the 1996 Democratic presidential convention, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the international organization Women of the World. She presents the warrior philosophy of Asia as the premier vehicle for mastering strategic thinking in the corporate world as well as in daily life. An avid thinker, she fuses timeless wisdom and spirituality with practical business tactics for solving life's ever-changing challenges.

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The author gives many examples of strategies.
Many of us pray each day to have more, to be better when everything we will ever need is already within us.
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How you react to life's setbacks will be forever changed.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on September 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is great! The author has many examples to illustrate her points. The book explains what it is to have a thick face (similar to a "thick skin" but more encompassing) and a black heart (being ruthless in the pursuit of your goals). Though this sounds bad, it really isn't. An example of black heart in practice, given by the author in the book, is of a doctor in the Old West that is treating an injured person. The person is screaming because of his injury (and because there is no anesthesia), but the doctor is emotionless as he performs his duties. If he were sensitive to the screams of the person he is operating on, he would be unable to carry out his duties to the best of his abilities. He knows inside that it is better to cause pain now in order to save the man's life.
There are a multitude of topics covered in the book including how to get what you want, how to figure out what you want, how to be in harmony with nature (seriously), how to turn your apparent negative traits into plusses, and many more. The book is far too varied to be able to explain it all in a simple review. I suggest to anyone interested in improving themselves that they have an open mind and read this book. I have read other self help books, but this is very different and definitely worthwhile. I have a new outlook on life now. I see things that used to frustrate or irritate me in a new light. If you think there is more to life than what you are experiencing right now, this book will help put you on the right path to figuring out what you want and then achieving your goals.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Chin-Ning Chu (C-NC) in this wonderful,compassionate, and easy to read masterpiece shows you how to face your fears, overcome them and indeed use them to your advantage. This book will give you all the tools you need to lead a passionate successful life on every level. This book is filled with great quotes, great stories and the wisdom of the ages. They help lay the foundation for compelling standards we all should employ. If followed these standards will help you conquer the most deadly opponents whether real or imagined and lead to a healthier and happier life. You will come to realize how to use your inner strengths to understand what you want. You will then have the tools to achieve what you want. But, do you want what you can achieve? Reading and applying these standards will test you. But, ultimatly, if you follow these strategies, you will achieve what is your destiny even in the face of all the negative vibes you receive from others. First though C-NC frees you from the bondage of self defeatism. C-NC convinces you to face your fears and then to use them to your advantage. You then come to realize there are no excuses; if you do not succeed it is because you gave into your fears and emotions. She shows the dark reality that you were not willing to make the tradeoffs necessary for what you wanted - you just followed the crowd. You failed because that is where you wanted to be. But she brings you through this tunnel of darkness to a new bright reality of fulfilling dreams. Life is a tough game which you can win if you have the courage to make your dreams come true.
Much like judo masters who uses their opponents weight and strength against them C-NC illustates how you can disguise your reality so your opponent under or over estimates you.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "bobby_mac8" on January 7, 2000
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Rarely does a book come along that gets labled "companion", but Thick Face Black Heart is just that. Like Gracian's "The Art of Wordly Wisdon", this book is a companion for life. To be read and re-read.
I searched and read for a long time differing books on succeeding in life. I bought this book based on a comment from a reviewer inside which said, "If I had to carry only two books on a runway it would be Sun Tzu's Art of War and Thick Face Black Heart."
Being a huge long time fan of SunTzu, I figured I had to give this book a chance. It was one of the best decisions I have made.
The clarity into how life works whether you like it or not is worth the cost alone. Too many people (myself included) have a hard time believing that the world (and life) itself is a battlefield. This illumination will not depress you - in fact it will rejuvinate you.
My copy is dog-eared to no end. I read it through at least twice a year and keep it by my bed (whether at home or on the road).
This is not money wasted.
The best compliment I can give about this book? After having read Thick Face Black Heart the first time, I threw all other self-help books I owned (Tony Robbins included)in the trash. I haven't missed them since.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sun Tzu on February 18, 2005
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In the world of self-improvement books, TFBH is unique.

It took me just a few days to read because I was really taken with it, and although it is by no means perfect, I give it five stars because I enjoyed it so much.

It preaches a hard-edged warrior-type philosophy which is frankly not only refreshing but also realistic in this day and age.

Let's face it, when you go out into the real world, you have to face aggression, from finding a parking space in the supermarket to getting a job, and sometimes "positive thinking" just doesn't do it.

This is an excellent book to give to someone who is in a job they are finding tough, or any other kind of tough spot, quite an inspiration and a call to arms.

After all, to paraphrase TFBH, sometimes when you are slapped in the face, sometimes it is better to slap back twice than turn the other cheek.
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