Moral we all understand and we all know what Fiber does. However, when we bring these two terms together and the two ideas are joined, literally as well as to the depth of these two concepts, we get Moral Fiber – something that inspires us to stick to our core values in life and make our world smooth. Shawn Vij, the author of Moral Fiber: A Practical Guide to Living Our Values, is also a global business leader, a motivational speaker and a well-known personality in the field of corporate. His book is based on the treasure of valuable experiences that Shawn himself had during his days of struggle and the hours he spent working for professional, business and corporate progress. Moreover, to add to the book’s value, the author has also incorporated the experiences and learnings he gathered from his visits to the Dalai Lama and his ventures into the Buddhist scriptures which preach for core human values before anything else.
There are 9 chapters in this book by Shawn Vij and they have been arranged in a very explicit way so that the readers can easily see how a person might first realise the damage, understand the problem and find the solution, and then begin working on it to achieve the desired conscious and state of mind. That is, ‘rediscovering the values,’ ‘practising them,’ and being true to oneself, how to act on the values which are the core constituents of life and succeeding in any field without being submissive or comprising our core values. Chapter 6, Conscious Capitalism and chapter 3, How We Create Toxic Environments, the 4 D’s of problems, are very wonderfully written and explained. All other chapters are wonderful as well but the two I mentioned, I liked a lot.
The book has also received acknowledgement from The Dalai Lama himself. You can read a foreword by him in the book and realise that Shawn has certainly done something (or at least tried doing it the best way) that no other might have done in the past. We often stuff our minds with the ideas for success and we seldom care about the means or the ways we travel to achieve what we want. However, do we ever realise that we are into a mess? In the very first chapter, with examples from his own experience in the past, Shawn Vij alerts the readers that one might be crushing the very soul for material gains…
Shawn’s book is more like a guide that tells the readers what not to do in the business – not in terms of making a loss or profit but in terms of keeping the individual identity alive, safe and very much intact. Shawn suggests, through his work, there should be a rush for the achievements but that rush must not compel us to deprive ourselves of the core values of humanity – compassion, Gratitude, Compassion and Wisdom.
In short, Moral Fiber is a book that deals with business and corporate ethics. It reminds the readers (who must be largely from corporate sectors or 9 to 5, 10 to 6 or otherwise daily office-goers) that we should not lose everything that we have in terms of human values for our gains inside the office walls. We have a life outside too and at the same time, we should also keep our working desk loaded with human values in order to keep the environment free from toxicity.
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Review by a contributor, written for BookWorm Reviews