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Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life Paperback – October 1, 1994
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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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Now, onto the book . . .
What Chu has here is not set-to-fail conditioning, mantras, chants, or daily / hourly affirmations. These are nice and may be effective to a degree, but the problem is that the core issue is left unaddressed as chants and mantras merely apply band aids. What needs to be addressed, as Chu states, is a deeper understanding of self. How's this done? Through spiritual manifestation, a going deeper to innate, core understandings (personal) that abscond with any arbitrary, preconceived, subjective notions of socially accepted standards.
What's all that mean? That people make up rules that satisfy them and often shore up personal failings or aid them more than they aid or enhance the majority.
What Chu has here is a very down-to-earth, practical, challenging work that will aid one in being successful in life. Here Chu is not just dispensing information or impractical theory but rather that which will aid the individual in being more successful in their relationships, job, life. This is not easy-fix self-help pablum, but rather practical information that takes time to master. Remember, if it's too easy, especially when it comes to long lasting, self-improvement, it's most likely not useful.
And even though she may miss on occasion, by and large she is on the mark. A must read, especially for those just cutting their teeth on their working life.
My favorite quote of hers is:
"When you compete with a person, you only have to be as good or better than the
person to win. If you compete with yourself, there is no limitation to how good
you can be."