Thick Face, Black HeartThis book was strongly recommended to me by my master. As soon as I opened it, I knew that this would be one of the greatest books, which I had a chance to get my hands on. This review will never be able to explain and do justice to the actual contents of what is inside.
Ms. Chin-Ning Chu has been a consultant for various organizations. She has been a business liaison between American and Asian Corporations for many years. She gave speeches and conferences on variety of subjects in business develThis book was strongly recommended to me by my master. As soon as I opened it, I knew that this would be one of the greatest books, which I had a chance to get my hands on. This review will never be able to explain and do justice to the actual contents of what is inside.Ms. Chin-Ning Chu has been a consultant for various organizations. She has been a business liaison between American and Asian Corporations for many years. She gave speeches and conferences on variety of subjects in business development and success in the personal life. She has been developing a system Thick Face Black Heart, which is based on the very ancient philosophy, on how to make yourself be more efficient to the outside world. This book is one of her many ventures and it is the first one I had a chance to read.Thick Face is the way that the others perceive us. Black Heart is the way we act and what measure we are willing to take to achieve and accomplish Thick Face. In the Asian philosophy, Thick Face, the way the others see you, your honor and your face is very important factor. To Asian people, loosing a face is worst then loosing a fortune.There is a little story in the book, about an ancient Chinese warrior. One day on his way home, two hooligans, who wanted to cause trouble, confronted him. They said, that the young man should fight them or crawl on his hands and knees back to the village. The young warrior got on all fours and crawled all the way back the village, embarrassing himself in front of everyone. He lost his face in front of people and had not proved himself being worthy. Later on, that young man while fighting the enemy’s army proved to be one of the greatest Chinese heroes. The moral of the story is, that for the young man to prove his Thick Face, he had to fight an unskilled person, whom he would have easily defeated and probably killed. So, he felt that to exercise the Black Heart to achieve his honor, he would rather show it in the battle and not do it against someone who is not worthy. There is a way we can achieve our personal Thick Face, without exercising the Black Heart, unless absolutely necessary. For example the doctor performs a surgery and in order to make someone feel better, he has to exercise a tremendous amount of Black Heart in order not to feel like he is hurting a person at the moment. A manager has two fire a few people in order two save the jobs
of hundreds. Even though someone might say that it is a cruel way of doing things, but in order to achieve a proper level of success, the person has to use force of, what some might call, an unethical measures.In modern western society, we put a lot or enthuses on measuring personal success by the amount of income a person has generated. There is a lot of pressure from the outside and within on how we measure our personal achievement. In the eastern philosophy, success is a measure of personal achievement. The success is directly related to the accomplishment of one’s goals. May it be a personal satisfaction, a task of some sort or a financial gain, but it is within a person to set that standard for him or her self.The book also uses a variety of metaphors to explain how to implement the information and posses a proper balance of Thick Face Black Heart theory. One of the ones the author stresses out is about a Fox and a Tiger. The Fox is a small animal, who is not as noticeable in the woods and can easily be killed by other bigger and stronger animals. The Fox knows how to associate herself with a Tiger, therefore creating an image of being in the company of a much larger beast. Even if the Fox is not directly associated with the Tiger, the perception that the Tiger cares about the Fox's well being, makes the Fox feel safe and protects her from the rest.In the real life we can always use the same methodology in our business and every day life. When we associate ourselves or create an image that we are associated with an important or more powerful entity, the others are fearful and more inclined to take us seriously. We can make the others, whether it is in business or in friendships take us with a greater level of respect, because we perceive, that a much larger and stronger force is backing us.The basic idea in the nutshell behind the book is that we have the power within us to develop a winning, efficient and self-motivating persona, which will be more appealing to the outside world and ourselves. How much will we be willing to contribute in order to do it? Is everyone capable of demonstrating the Thick Face Black Heart theory? Can people create their own limitations and except them, and what it takes to break out from the every day situations and get the most for our personal satisfaction without hurting others. The book uses a lot of famous quotes by great philosophers, thinkers and leaders. There is definitely more then what can be laid out in this opinion.I have never seen a book, where the content of personal motivation and self-achievement was explained in such great detail. This book is not for self-motivation or for business success, it is about life and how to live it to the fullest potential. I was told that the first time you read this book, only 10% of information would penetrate and stay in your head. It is absolutely true. I will definitely have to read this one again, to get more out of it. ...more