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Chin-Ning Chu is one of the world's foremost experts on Asian business psychology, a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and other high-profile TV shows. Now he shows how to apply ancient Chinese military wisdom to the competitive world of business today. "Could become the Think and Grow Rich of the 1990s".--Success magazine. Chin-Ning Chu is one of the world's foremost experts on Asian business psychology, a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and other high-profile TV shows. Now he shows how to apply ancient Chinese military wisdom to the competitive world of business today. "Could become the Think and Grow Rich of the 1990s".--Success magazine.


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Chin-Ning Chu is one of the world's foremost experts on Asian business psychology, a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and other high-profile TV shows. Now he shows how to apply ancient Chinese military wisdom to the competitive world of business today. "Could become the Think and Grow Rich of the 1990s".--Success magazine. Chin-Ning Chu is one of the world's foremost experts on Asian business psychology, a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and other high-profile TV shows. Now he shows how to apply ancient Chinese military wisdom to the competitive world of business today. "Could become the Think and Grow Rich of the 1990s".--Success magazine.

30 review for Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Wallace

    This is one of those books which you often see in the Asian section of bookstores, purporting to relate some long, lost mystical secret of the Orient, but actually offering up junk psychology in Asian garb. The conceit of this book is that it is offering up ancient, accepted wisdom. However, it certainly is not, The Thick Black Theory has its origins in the writings of Li Zongwu (1879-1944), a failed bureaucrat in the late Qing Dynasty. Li felt that the path to success lay in the pursuit of unbr This is one of those books which you often see in the Asian section of bookstores, purporting to relate some long, lost mystical secret of the Orient, but actually offering up junk psychology in Asian garb. The conceit of this book is that it is offering up ancient, accepted wisdom. However, it certainly is not, The Thick Black Theory has its origins in the writings of Li Zongwu (1879-1944), a failed bureaucrat in the late Qing Dynasty. Li felt that the path to success lay in the pursuit of unbridled selfishness and narcissism without any concern for the welfare of others (having a black heart), while hiding that fact through deceit and rank hypocrisy (having a thick face). While some people in Chinese history (indeed, in Western history as well), may have behaved in this way, such behavior was never held up as virtuous or even wise in traditional Chinese thought. However, Li and Chin-Ning Chu would have us believe that there is virtue in being wicked, and that being wicked has always been acceptable in Chinese society. Chin-Ning Chu tries to buttress her argument by claiming that many successful people in Western history have in fact utilized the same strategy. The problem is that none of her examples can even withstand the most cursory scrutiny. Her examples were by and large not acting selfishly and were often quite clear in their motivations. Their faces were not thick, and they certainly did not have black hearts. One could argue that the Thick Black Theory is actually a restatement of Machiavelli's philosophy. However, there is a crucial difference between the two. In Machiavelli's philosophy, the prince may hide his motivations and may at times act selfishly, but it is always for the good of the state, and therefore for the people living in the state. As much as Chin-Ning Chu may try to protest otherwise, at heart Li's theory is concerned purely about personal success. It is all about gaining power for oneself and imposing one's will upon others, and not about the betterment of society. Indeed, a person with a true thick face and black heart would feel that other people exist purely to serve him and for his personal benefit. How could a society filled with such people advance and find prosperity? Chin-Ning Chu tries but fails to explain how living according to the Thick Black Theory makes for a better world. In the end, all we are left with is a roadmap for being a selfish bastard in order to find personal success.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Nice book. Gives a very good insight on how to be victor and not a victim. By reading this book you get an impression that nobody's perfect as a matter of fact everybody has done something in their lives that they thought was really grossly stupid or out of line. But at the end of the day life is not about what you've done before but if you are willing to accept yourself and move on. Life is about how far are willing to go to pay the price to success. The people who accept themselves their (stre Nice book. Gives a very good insight on how to be victor and not a victim. By reading this book you get an impression that nobody's perfect as a matter of fact everybody has done something in their lives that they thought was really grossly stupid or out of line. But at the end of the day life is not about what you've done before but if you are willing to accept yourself and move on. Life is about how far are willing to go to pay the price to success. The people who accept themselves their (strengths and weaknesses) fast and do the right thing in life become victors. The people who go about questioning themselves and asking trying to understand why they did something stupid end up doubting themselves, wasting time and don't grow they end up becoming victims. Very insightful book about deception and how power and influence shift.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jake Danishevsky

    This 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 devel This 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donitello

    To see why see why I love Chin Ning Chu’s masterful book, just read some of the 45 reader reviews on amazon.com: “Motivation and success book for grown-ups.” “Machiavelli meets the Dalai Lama.” “You need no other book!” Granted, no single book will suit every taste. So it is not surprising that some readers criticize this one. It takes on a gargantuan task: seeking to explain something of the Asian way of thinking to Western folks. Yet with China soon to be the number 1 trading partner for MANY To see why see why I love Chin Ning Chu’s masterful book, just read some of the 45 reader reviews on amazon.com: “Motivation and success book for grown-ups.” “Machiavelli meets the Dalai Lama.” “You need no other book!” Granted, no single book will suit every taste. So it is not surprising that some readers criticize this one. It takes on a gargantuan task: seeking to explain something of the Asian way of thinking to Western folks. Yet with China soon to be the number 1 trading partner for MANY world nations, this is an explanation we all need. Meanwhile, suffice it to say that I myself have read the book multiple times--and I am clearly not alone in this. Thick Face, Black Heart is a masterpiece of contradictions. Yes, it’s a book for business people--yet it’s deeply and satisfyingly philosophical. Yes, it’s “theoretical”--yet it’s filled with fascinating illustrative anecdotes, enlivened by the voice of a natural storyteller. Yes, it’s serious, cerebral, and complex--yet it’s a bona fide page-turner! Even if you feel you’ve had enough of motivational books, you may want to give one last look at this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalina

    This book was recommended long time ago by my former boss, Mr. Choong when I was working as junior staff. It taught me how to be tough at work and in general life. Thank you, Sir!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Genoa

    This book is about how to incorporate Chinese military strategy into your everyday life. I'm a new person for reading this. look out! This book is about how to incorporate Chinese military strategy into your everyday life. I'm a new person for reading this. look out!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hiếu Trịnh

    I wish I had read that book earlier

  8. 5 out of 5

    Afaz Khokhar

    Best book I've ever read. A master class on life by Ching Ning Chu. It an extract of her life experience and chines wisdom on money, health, mindset, and kindness. Thick Face Black Heart is not a book it's a lifestyle. Rest in peace Ching. Best book I've ever read. A master class on life by Ching Ning Chu. It an extract of her life experience and chines wisdom on money, health, mindset, and kindness. Thick Face Black Heart is not a book it's a lifestyle. Rest in peace Ching.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gregg Bell

    Sometimes these eastern mysticism/self-help books make me feel mean. Reading them are like watching Kung-Fu movies. I mean, c'mon be honest, after you watch a Bruce Lee movie don't you feel like giving somebody a karate chop? (Even if it's only the mailman.) Thick Face, Black Heart delivers on fueling the desire to karate chop the mailman. How could it not with "Black Heart" in the title? This book is about wiping your enemies out. But it's about much more, as well. It's really a hodge-podge of thi Sometimes these eastern mysticism/self-help books make me feel mean. Reading them are like watching Kung-Fu movies. I mean, c'mon be honest, after you watch a Bruce Lee movie don't you feel like giving somebody a karate chop? (Even if it's only the mailman.) Thick Face, Black Heart delivers on fueling the desire to karate chop the mailman. How could it not with "Black Heart" in the title? This book is about wiping your enemies out. But it's about much more, as well. It's really a hodge-podge of things. Like scattershot. There's no coherent philosophy here. But, now pay attention, there are a lot of very good ideas here. Deep ideas. Know the churchy type? How's this (Chu's) take on that: For a truly spiritual individual, the path of spirituality is like walking on a razor's edge; it is a diligent pursuit of one's perfection. However, for others, the pursuit of spirituality is merely a vague notion; it actually is a pretext, an excuse to practice inertia and avoidance of life's challenges. Take that you spiritual phonies! (Not you, well...) Want some intensity? Within each one of us, we have this ever-present suspicion that we are much greater than our circumstances. The potential for who we are and what we could be is so vast that we have not begun to scratch the surface. We know we will not find security within us until we have touched all the Void with our mind and our soul. If that doesn't get you staying on your diet or hanging with your exercise program nothing will. Have enemies? (Yeah, the karate-chopping vibe is never far off in this book. "Hai ya!") That's a bad thing, right? Wrong. The battle with the cunning and ruthless often is not about conducting a battle with outside forces. Encountering the cunning and ruthless stimulates the dormant strengths within us and allows us to bring forth extraordinary abilities that we are not in touch with under normal circumstances. Think Leno vs. Letterman. Bush vs. Clinton. Wile E. Coyote vs. the Road Runner. Would any of them achieved the heights they did without the other? I could go on forever but since you've already read longer than you intended I'll close with this last one. It's from a section on crisis. (the true nature of crisis is an opportunity) Without the strength to endure the crisis, we will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself. Opportunity always exists within a crisis situation, but when we lose heart in a devastating crisis, we are blinded by our emotion. When we can calmly endure the unendurable, the opportunity for a better alternative surfaces and reveals itself. Think about it—the times of overwhelming emotional stress blind us, bind us, render us immobile. If we can somehow manage to stay conscious, to think clearly through those crises we can discover great opportunities. Thomas Edison said, There is great value in disaster. Yes, and in Thick Face, Black Heart, as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jade Nguyen

    I agree with the author that "Thick face" is essential thing for people nowadays. However it is not really new cause there are many books talk about that, just like ignore everything and believe in yourself. Therefore "Black Heart" is perhaps an oustanding point in this. Doing anything to reach your goal because you think its benefits are worthier than its consequences. In my opinion, there are many ways to reach a goal so it is not necessary to do something bad to reach that and I wonder if how I agree with the author that "Thick face" is essential thing for people nowadays. However it is not really new cause there are many books talk about that, just like ignore everything and believe in yourself. Therefore "Black Heart" is perhaps an oustanding point in this. Doing anything to reach your goal because you think its benefits are worthier than its consequences. In my opinion, there are many ways to reach a goal so it is not necessary to do something bad to reach that and I wonder if how many people are good enough to ensure its benefits is greater than its consequences. In addition, you are aware that you have done something bad to get a victory so if you feel good about that. Finally, if everyone has a "black heart" making them ready to do anything to reach their goals which they believe are the right things, i do not think the society is going to be fine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vairavel

    I would put this book as a must read for almost everyone - people who are just starting to work or even for people who have enough experience. Lot of what the author says rings a bell within you somewhere and you are able to relate to the content very easily. The book is written in easy style and prose that is very practical and easy to follow. Overall, a great book without all the management mumbo jumbo!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brock

    As someone who wants to face-down their insecurities, because bottom-line, those prevent us from achiving great relationships and success in life, I found this book a help. It is one that I will need to go back and read every other year, much like "How to Win Friends and Influence People", to apply continueous improvement to my own life. As someone who wants to face-down their insecurities, because bottom-line, those prevent us from achiving great relationships and success in life, I found this book a help. It is one that I will need to go back and read every other year, much like "How to Win Friends and Influence People", to apply continueous improvement to my own life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    Keep this book within easy reach. You will refer to it a lot in your lifetime!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tikiri Herath

    One of the few books that made an immense impact in how I viewed the world, and myself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lành

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The essence of the book is to find out the truth inside things and Respect Nature. As always "Substance over form" Thank Chi-ning Chu for the valuable sharings to us! The essence of the book is to find out the truth inside things and Respect Nature. As always "Substance over form" Thank Chi-ning Chu for the valuable sharings to us!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Excellent book. Recommended for people pleasers, those who feel small or insecure, or have trouble with boundaries. I love the way this book combines spirituality with the practical, survival-based realities of life. I promise it won't turn you into a narcissist. I read it while trying to develop a healthier ego and stronger sense of self; I had issues with boundaries and always felt guilty for not pleasing others. I struggled to feel any genuine empowerment and was so tired of feeling threatene Excellent book. Recommended for people pleasers, those who feel small or insecure, or have trouble with boundaries. I love the way this book combines spirituality with the practical, survival-based realities of life. I promise it won't turn you into a narcissist. I read it while trying to develop a healthier ego and stronger sense of self; I had issues with boundaries and always felt guilty for not pleasing others. I struggled to feel any genuine empowerment and was so tired of feeling threatened by the mere thought of disappointing someone. Even when I did what others desired, it never seemed like enough. People will naturally demand more of you until you step up for yourself and give them an unwavering "No." I realized it's ok and often necessary to disappoint people. It may seem obvious but it was difficult for me to understand this emotionally. This book helped me feel less guilty for getting out of an increasingly codependent and unhealthy friendship. Often, you'll need to feel as if you're better than a situation in order to remove yourself from it, while being humble keeps you trapped. Had I read TFBH two years ago, I probably would have been repulsed and not finished it. Now I realize the value in developing a healthy ego. I have become a more functional, ambitious, confident person. It helped my spiritual side merge with the reality of life. I'd also never heard of the concept of "dharma" but it's my new favorite word. Great book if you're ready to read it. Will help those who struggle to be assertive but are ready to be empowered.

  17. 5 out of 5

    TatSheng

    The best book I've read in my life so far. The timing of the introduction of the book to me might have played a role on why I favour it, as it let me to realisations of the things and forces around me that I've never question or taken for granted, that is until I've read this book. The author describe a theory she embrace unconsciously throughout her life, consisting of values that key historical figure embrace themselves. A thick face, the shield, and a black heart, the spear. The author describ The best book I've read in my life so far. The timing of the introduction of the book to me might have played a role on why I favour it, as it let me to realisations of the things and forces around me that I've never question or taken for granted, that is until I've read this book. The author describe a theory she embrace unconsciously throughout her life, consisting of values that key historical figure embrace themselves. A thick face, the shield, and a black heart, the spear. The author describe life as an everlasting battle and we are warriors of the battlefield the day we are born. The book does not focus on cliché one way solution to success but rather, inspires you with the principle the author, along with other successful figures adopt, consciously or unconsciously, to succeed in life. The author support her view through historical facts, as well as her real life experiences and encounters to support her views. Therefore, it is written in a way to let anyone adopt the principle and adapt it to their own life as they see fit. However, the principle can be dark at times. There might be some values you carry that are in direct conflict with the principle, thus leading to a situation where it's hard to digest. Therefore, I'm warning anyone who is planning to pick this up to be mentally prepared for the literacy of it's content.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thang Tran

    This is an amusing and interesting book, presenting numerous social and personal relationship tatics - a combination of Machiavellian and ancient Chinese philosophies - that I find starkly contrast with my values and principles, but seem applicable in various "fish-eat-fish" situations in this complex world. It emphasizes humility and endurance in the face of struggle, and also the ability to strike back whenever necessary. However, generally it makes me feel that if I were to follow the advice, This is an amusing and interesting book, presenting numerous social and personal relationship tatics - a combination of Machiavellian and ancient Chinese philosophies - that I find starkly contrast with my values and principles, but seem applicable in various "fish-eat-fish" situations in this complex world. It emphasizes humility and endurance in the face of struggle, and also the ability to strike back whenever necessary. However, generally it makes me feel that if I were to follow the advice, there'll be little left to say about me than self-interest, selfishness, and narcissism. It doesn't feel right to me to win at all costs. Amusing, but coolheaded; cold and warm, hard and flexible, the book reminds me of Salinky's 'Rules for Radicals': a goal fulfilled is the only target; it doesn't matter what means. Perhaps it is why some books are interesting and potentially dangerous at once. If you are the person who already consumed much western (American) self-help philosophy, this book is almost the contrast. Take the time to muse on the advice in the book. It is very engaging and will hit your head big.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maarten Ten Velden

    Interesting read that can shake your beliefs. Definitely if you, like many people (including myself), have learned to sacrifice your personal wants and passions for the benefit of society. The author's story is very inspiring in and of itself. Her story of having to flee her country because of war is heart-breaking. If you live in a first-world country and have ever thought that you had it rough, reading this will humble you. The book is not straight-forward and uses lots of symbolism, imagery, an Interesting read that can shake your beliefs. Definitely if you, like many people (including myself), have learned to sacrifice your personal wants and passions for the benefit of society. The author's story is very inspiring in and of itself. Her story of having to flee her country because of war is heart-breaking. If you live in a first-world country and have ever thought that you had it rough, reading this will humble you. The book is not straight-forward and uses lots of symbolism, imagery, and stories to make its point. If you're allergic to religion and symbolism, this book is not for you. If you can see past that, there is a lot to be learned from this book for most people. I found that the writing style made it difficult to identify what the exact lessons are. On the other hand, this means that this is a book that you must give extra thought to. You might want to read it more than once and figure out how you can embody the Thick Face Black Heart principle more into your life. Can highly recommend this book to anyone who is afraid to be true (which I think is 99% of the population).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ngoc Nguyen

    Another book from another hypocrisy businesswoman. This book is like the reason she died - cancer. She spoke of Dharma in Hinduism but mentioned nothing about the caste system caused by so-called thick face, black heart Hinduism people in higher hierarchies. She quoted Buddha but ignoring the fact that he went against his so-called "dharma" to become a monk and spiritual leader. By the way, Buddha's supposed dharma was to be a king and a warrior. She justified hurting or even killing others for Another book from another hypocrisy businesswoman. This book is like the reason she died - cancer. She spoke of Dharma in Hinduism but mentioned nothing about the caste system caused by so-called thick face, black heart Hinduism people in higher hierarchies. She quoted Buddha but ignoring the fact that he went against his so-called "dharma" to become a monk and spiritual leader. By the way, Buddha's supposed dharma was to be a king and a warrior. She justified hurting or even killing others for one's own benefit. By her thinking, it's right for warriors to kill and murder others mercilessly to fulfill their country's duty. So the Japanese soldiers who killed and tortured Chinese people must be right to follow their dharma. Then why did she keep belittering the Japanese? Don't blame them if they use Chinese people to test horrible experiments, that's their country's duty, their dharma according to the author's own words. Or should I say this author like any other hypocrite using others' philosophical thought, bending it to her will and serving it as something to cover the dirty business motive? I guess that's what we call double standard.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Đinh Thu

    I've not finished reading this book yet. I skimmed through it, and read summary at the end of each chapter. I will come back to it later. Because I think I don't really understand and I'm not able to remember all the things Chu had written. I think I need more time to "digest". But I couldn't keep myself from being curious so I had to go through it once. Different from its title which sounds like tactics, amazingly, this is another book about believing in yourself. For me, what Chin-Ning Chu wrot I've not finished reading this book yet. I skimmed through it, and read summary at the end of each chapter. I will come back to it later. Because I think I don't really understand and I'm not able to remember all the things Chu had written. I think I need more time to "digest". But I couldn't keep myself from being curious so I had to go through it once. Different from its title which sounds like tactics, amazingly, this is another book about believing in yourself. For me, what Chin-Ning Chu wrote is beautiful. You will find changing views helpful for you to face difficult situations in life, for example, when you fight wondering whether something you do is influencing someone else's impression and judgement about you although you think that's the thing you should do. That's just one case, my case. I think everyone will find their own applications from reading this book. And sometimes, I caught views similar to Carl Rogers's theory (organismic valuing, fully functioning) in this book. That's amazing and interesting, for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Luca Pendu

    This is a mandatory reading for everyone who is used to "turn the other cheek" whenever someone else wrongs him/her. It teaches us to accept and embrace the "dark" aspects of reality and people that are already out there, if we just open our eyes. This doesn't mean being pessimistic or negative though. Cruise ship crews educate their passengers on how to behave in an emergency situation not because they plan on having the ship sink, but because they are realistic and they have to be prepared for This is a mandatory reading for everyone who is used to "turn the other cheek" whenever someone else wrongs him/her. It teaches us to accept and embrace the "dark" aspects of reality and people that are already out there, if we just open our eyes. This doesn't mean being pessimistic or negative though. Cruise ship crews educate their passengers on how to behave in an emergency situation not because they plan on having the ship sink, but because they are realistic and they have to be prepared for any scenario. I found also interesting the insights into the Asian mindset, for instance the fact that Asian people never settle to get a lesser value than they expected, when conducting a business deal.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jannis

    As somebody already said: A lot of gems, but they are stuck under arbitrarily and esoteric maxims. I feel like the theory is arbitrary thought of and just a mix of different wisdom she collected and now presents as "the one" theory to conquer life. I don't like the way she displays it in the book. As I bought it for 2.49€ it was worth it, but I would not buy it for any more money. Pros: - A lot of important and true messages - Good content - Great mix of christian religion and eastern religions. Con As somebody already said: A lot of gems, but they are stuck under arbitrarily and esoteric maxims. I feel like the theory is arbitrary thought of and just a mix of different wisdom she collected and now presents as "the one" theory to conquer life. I don't like the way she displays it in the book. As I bought it for 2.49€ it was worth it, but I would not buy it for any more money. Pros: - A lot of important and true messages - Good content - Great mix of christian religion and eastern religions. Cons: - Repetitive - Author claims that everything said is 100% the truth - Readers are referred to as "Thick Face Black Heart Practitioners" which makes me personally cringe, but that's just my opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nguyễn Thái

    I don't know how many "wtf" moments had happended to me while reading this book. The writer is smart, but she wrongly misinterpreted the spirit of Eastern philosophies. Though the book says that it only offers you a "spear" and it is how you use that spear decides what is good or bad. But when you read enough, you can see the book is full of hatress and anger. It's ok to read if you're well equipped with eastern knowledge, or else please don't. I don't know how many "wtf" moments had happended to me while reading this book. The writer is smart, but she wrongly misinterpreted the spirit of Eastern philosophies. Though the book says that it only offers you a "spear" and it is how you use that spear decides what is good or bad. But when you read enough, you can see the book is full of hatress and anger. It's ok to read if you're well equipped with eastern knowledge, or else please don't.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mister Goodwin

    I read this book in 2005. The book was captivating! It seemed like the author was enraged. Nonetheless, an interesting learning experience. I gave five stars because I don't have a justification for giving 1 to 4 stars and the website doesn't give the option of rating without giving stars. I read this book in 2005. The book was captivating! It seemed like the author was enraged. Nonetheless, an interesting learning experience. I gave five stars because I don't have a justification for giving 1 to 4 stars and the website doesn't give the option of rating without giving stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tinotenda Nyanhongo

    Best book I have read so far, the key is to re-read, it always shades a new perspective on certain things every time you read it feels like there are certain things you have missed every time you read. Generally what my generation needs.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Too much reliance on a god to provide answers or reassurance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vinita Surana

    Strong and assertive! Definitely a goto book on how to live life and form the foundation of your own values. It's a bible of sorts Strong and assertive! Definitely a goto book on how to live life and form the foundation of your own values. It's a bible of sorts

  29. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    A must-read for anyone in business. I wish I read this years ago.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Todd Benschneider

    Very interesting modern “the art of war” type book

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