Perhaps it's her Chinese heritage that equips high-tech entrepreneur Ping Fu with her unique tone, pacing, and organization as she recounts her path from political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution to American high-tech entrepreneur. She had been part of the team which created Netscape, founded Geomagic, and is on President Obama's National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In the book "Bend, Not Break," Fu is able to fuse bits and pieces from the mixed bag of a past in China with intellectual and commercial leadership in the U.S. No surprise, the book is #1,218 on Amazon.com. The unifying theme is how she efficiently and effectively dealt with her adversaries. Those ranged from the leaders and rank and file of both the Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping regimes to two companies which filed a lawsuit against Geomagic, which she headed.
Her approach has been an intuitive grasp of, as the title indicates, when to bend or accept what is at the time, without rethinking or regretting those decisions in the future. To readers like myself who have a little background in Eastern thinking, what resonates is the wisdom of trying to live in the now and recognizing how little one understands about the dynamics of that moment.
This framework is especially useful for professionals who find themselves tossed around in a volatile global economy disrupted by technology. One moment society rewards us for being on top of our game and next moment we are without a job or clients. The tragedy which usually occurs on the downward trajectory is reconfiguring what the past could have been.
The Zen Center of New Haven, Connecticut, representing the Kwan Um School, introduces newcomers to the meditation mantra: Clear Thinking (breath in) and Don't Know (breath out). In itself that prevents getting stuck in the past or the future.
In Chapter 6 titled "Who Can Say What Is Good or Bad?" Fu illustrates what a waste of time it is to classify what had been or what might be as good or bad. Instead, it is more productive to plant oneself in the moment and base action on that current reality.