Lv Buwei: an unusual talent of speech and strategy
Lv Buwei was an unusual person with top talents of strategy and speech in the history of China. All by himself, with his swift tongue, he obtained great fame, power and fortune throughout his life. He was excellent at both planning and executing great schemes with his outstanding ability of speech, depending on himself to carry out his plans.
His amazing talent of persuasion made people accept his proposals with delight by catering to their needs. With acuminous discernment, he knew what his opponent wanted and how things would turn. He made people give in easily by supposing himself to be the opponent and looking at things from their angles. Trying to obtain information of others芒鈧劉 necessity and catering to their taste, he took advantage of people skillfully, just like suiting the remedy to the case.
One day, Lv Buwei met Prince Yiren, a Prince from the State of Qin. Prince Yiren was a political hostage in the State of Zhao. Lv Buwei was a merchant, and he assessed value of Prince Yiren from a commercial viewpoint. Lv Buwei viewed Prince Yiren as a piece of rare and precious merchandise that could result in a return of thousands times.
The Chinese history recorded the following conversation between Lv Buwei and his father.
Lv Buwei: What is the expected return from investing in farming activity?
His father: The return is about ten times the investment.
Lv Buwei: What is the expected return from investing in a business selling jades and pearls?
His father: The return is about hundred times the investment.
Lv Buwei: What is the expected return from investing in a man who will be the King of Qin?
His father: The return is unlimited.
Lv Buwei: In that case, I will invest in Prince Yiren. I will use my energy to see that he becomes King of Qin. The returns from my investment will benefit our future generations.
True to his word, Lv Buwei did manage to send Prince Yiren back to the State of Qin. Prince Yiren was renamed as Prince Zichu. Prince Yiren (or Zichu) did become the King of Qin.
Since Prince Yiren was the father of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, we could see the importance of Lv Buwei in Chinese history. Without the help of Lv Buwei, Prince Yiren would not be the King of Qin, and Chinese history would be different.