顧方蓁的新書《巾幗槍神智慧叮嚀》(Wisdom and Things,暫譯),是一本散文集,集結了方蓁過去十年在手槍射擊生涯中所寫的散文,其中記述的是一個十二歲的青少年移民美國後的人生歷程,從對英文一字不識,終至達到行動手槍射擊世界的巔峰。

Vera’s first book, “The Most Unlikely Champion, A Memoir,” (cowritten with Justin Pahl) was published in 2017. Through that book, I saw how Vera overcame some of the most challenging life scenarios anyone can go through – such as death and betrayal. Throughout the book, she never pats herself on the back, but instead, picks herself up and tells us why she is worth the effort. That’s what we learn from her – that we are worth it, no matter what life throws at us.

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Shortly after Vera wrote the first book, she began compiling her second book, “《巾幗槍神 意念表現之源》” (with co-author Blake Toppmeyer). Again, the unlikely champion moniker that she hangs on herself is well-earned. You’ll find out why if you read the first book. But in this book, she organizes her thoughts into sections: 

  • 成為射擊冠軍
  • 被擊倒?站起更強壯
  • 宗教;哲學;內省。
  • Lessons from Travel

Although I’ve read most of these essays, in the form of her columns at The WON, I enjoyed how she grouped the topics in the book. Vera draws parallels between shooting and life, or travel and life. In fact, the travel section ranks as my favorite. You’ll understand, after you read this part, that Vera is an itinerate traveler, always ready for the next adventure. (TeamWON is hoping that she’ll be able to travel to China in 2022 to attend the Shanghai Book Fair.)

顧方蓁何許人?

Vera, who is now in her mid-70s, enjoyed an illustrious shooting career that began when she was in her 40s. After successfully raising and family and building a real estate business with her husband, Carlos, in the Bay Area, Vera sought first a distraction in shooting, and then, a mission. 

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She explains her need for speed on the range, along with accuracy, that have nothing to do with receiving accolades. Vera is known as an extremely private person, and more than one competitor has wondered if the side blinders she wore on her shooting glasses were meant for the range or were more like ear buds on an airplane. She simply wanted to get into the zone and stay there until she ran the course – blocking out distractions. 

From “Wisdom and Things”

Vera writes, “The shooting sport takes more than God-given talent to be an elite competitor. You must be mentally tough, committed and focused. When others want a day off, you must be willing to practice. This is how you get ahead in the sport.”  And then, she relates it to life – “It is like life. Only with unrelenting persistence can you expect to reach your full potential.”

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