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|Posted on December 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
I have several radio talks coming up and I am looking forward to having listeners understand how to choose products that go with their lifestyle, price and amount of use. There are what I call "self clues" as to how to buy health products, especially those products that require daily "checking in" or monitoring. If you hate getting on the scale every day you might just hate checking in with your health stats on a daily basis. Or, this may be a committment that will keep you on track. It is important to know how you want to engage with your products and how often. What happens when your health monitor tells you you had a lousy sleep record last night? Does it make you feel worse, vow to do better in preparing for a good night's sleep, or give up? All of these behaviors are clues to underlying beliefs about what you think you can and can't do. Where did those beliefs come from? Are they from the news, your mother, your friends, yourself? Go down that road and learn something new about yourself...then choose the right health monitoring system.
|Posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
I am missing the Moon Festival! Its not that I can't celebrate it here in the US but it won't be the same. Not that I miss moon cakes. I believe they are an acquired taste. The first year I went to Moon Festival celebration in Kowloon Park was pure amazement as I watchedparents and childern celebrate. First, there was a festival going on and there wasn't anything for sale! No food stalls, no hawkers with glo-in-the dark things, no moon cakes, no lanterns for sale. It was a bit disconcerting. There were only parents doting on their children and children comparing their lanterns. As it was night time there was a beautiful glow all through the park with different lantern shapes and sizes. The children clearly thought they were getting away with something and they were... up late, in the dark, in a park with their parents and other children. How magical is that? The Chinese friends I was with told me the story behind the moon festival. It soon became complicated, I was reminded again how complex the Chinese literature could be. But can you imagine a festival in the US where there was nothing for sale at the site of the celebration? We would hardly think of it as a festival here! This experience was one more lesson for me in just "being" and enjoying the beautiful sites of the moon festival and parents enjoying their children.
|Posted on June 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
Living in Asia for over seven years changed my life in more ways than I would have imagined. I thought I was going there to learn about the East. I thought I would bring back fresh knowledge about the East and tell the West about it. What I learned was about the West: how direct we are, how youthful we are, and how much we miss by avoiding social complexities.
The West has managed to get its hardware products simplified: the TVs, the alarm clocks, the lawn mowers. It is now the social products that are complex. Returning from Asia, our family found ourselves in the position of buying a house, 2 cars, all electrical appliances, starting up medical, bank and insurance relationships. New doctors, dentists, gynecologist, hospital preferences and pharmacy. Maybe it was dealing with all the systems in the US simultaneously for mortgages, auto, health, home and (maybe) pet insurance. Then it was the credit cards, library card, grocery store cards, airline cards, discount store cards, membership cards, honors cards, members cards, etc.
The point of this is how specialized and services have become and how micro-marketing techniques are gaining momentum. It started at the airport when I wanted to exchange Hong Kong dollars for US dollars. I waited patiently in line while the person in front of me made his transaction. After the money was handed to him I was ready to move to the counter. Not so fast! He was being offered insurance on the rate of exchange he had just been given so he wouldn't lose money if he cashed any in on the way back. Eight minutes later, I was able to exchange my money. Adding these minutes to all of the specialized micro-marketing pitches can make me want to go on a week's vacation. Examine your life! See what you are spending your time on and the value it brings back to your life.