This book was recommended to me by a friend, and he said it changed how he looks at his business. I have to say the same. I think Thick Face, Black Heart is for people who couldn't stomach 48 Laws of Power and needed something to read after Art of War. It's all about strategy, forward thinking, and making moves from there. I think every leader should read it to understand how to navigate challenges at work or in their business.
What Ching-ning Chu has here is the quintessential self-improvement book. She speaks to issues that no one is learning in college, issues that must be brought up to the living way before experience gets to them. It is a sad, sad state of affairs that the knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to the reader in Chu's book are not realized by the majority until they run up against them in real life. Oftentimes this is too late. The material in Chu's book needs to be understood beforehand, before any life beyond school has been experienced so that students don't have to struggle and fail as much as they do. Unfortunately, few will be exposed to this material, a major failing in our educational systems.
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...
This is a rare and honest book, probably not for the light of heart or those retreating from reality. The principles covered within deal with a wide range of modern personal issues, as well as being applicable to business. It is a modern derivative of a Chinese warrior tenet, a philosophy dangerous to the Communist regime (and, quite possibly, to corrupt pseudo-democracy); I was surprised and thrilled that it made its way to the Western market. It's an excellent addition to such books as Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR, Musashi's BOOK OF FIVE RINGS, Robert Ringer's LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER ONE, Napoleon Hill's THINK AND GROW RICH and Fredrick Lovret's THE WAY & THE POWER. It should be a reference in every military academy, in every dojo or kwoon, as well as in business courses. Personally, over 15 years after buying it the first time, I still think it good enough to purchase again; it's that valuable to me.
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