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The Feng Shui Way To Riches

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Let’s get this fact right: there is no quick-fix to Feng Shui, regardless of whether it is applied for wealth or relationship purposes. The obsession with getting rich fast and falling in love quickly, however, has turned Feng Shui into a means to sell people all kinds of items and trinkets, in the name of helping them acquire more of one and find the other.

That is why this article seeks to clarify what ‘wealth’ truly means in classical Feng Shui, and what is the rationale behind certain common practices that have become associated with ‘wealth enhancement’. By understanding these basic fundamentals and appreciating the philosophy of Feng Shui, one should be able to understand how to respond when they are faced with a ‘Feng Shui’ wealth-enhancing claim, or offered a magic ‘Wealth’ formula.

Think Vibrant Qi, not Wealth

The word ‘Wealth’ has sort of crept into the technical vocabulary of Feng Shui today as most Feng Shui practitioners use it as a short-form to explain the outcome of using certain energies or sectors in a property. Rather than getting all technical, they cut to the chase of explaining the technical descriptions of these meanings and came up with the concept of ‘Wealth Sector’. This is because the study of Classical Feng Shui doesn’t actually speak directly of ‘Wealth’ or ‘Money’. So if you happen upon a Feng Shui magic money-making formula, it is something that should definitely make you question the validity of this so-called formula rather than reach for your wallet.

 

The descriptive meaning of Wealth or Prosperity comes from the study of the classics like Di Li Bian Zheng (Earth Study Discern Truth) where they spoke of ‘Prosperous Qi’ (or Wang Qi) and teaches the means of identifying where Prosperous Qi resides. This classics teaches the techniques and methods for gathering the Qi, and avoiding or transforming negative Sha Qi.

Another classical text is The Book of Burial (one of the oldest classics on Feng Shui), by Kuo Pu, which explores the central tenets of Feng Shui. Kuo Pu writes that Qi gathers at the boundaries of water and is dispersed by wind. But, it does not say that money will appear if you set up an aquarium. It also does not say that if you put 8 goldfish into the aquarium, you will inherit a thousand to millions of Ringgit. It does not say anything about placing ships of gold where possible or having a dozen paw-waving kitty cats above and around cash registers and building a fountain in your backyard.

Getting the Vibrant Qi

Feng Shui, like many Chinese Metaphysical sciences, is one of those practices in which complexity and simplicity interrelate with each other. In order to appreciate and reap the beneficial aspects of Feng Shui, one should understand the basics of the complex formulas instead of just mixing them together and reciting everything by heart without knowing how, why and what really works for you. That is why formula books are not the answer to successfully applying Feng Shui, because without an understanding of the fundamentals, the formula is just a bunch of numbers.

When it comes to using Feng Shui to enhance Wealth opportunities, we need to understand the type of Qi that can promote Wealth opportunities. In Feng Shui, that means locating the ‘Prosperous Qi’. To the average lay person, this is usually called ‘Yang Qi’. However, Feng Shui practitioners refer to it by its more technical name – ‘Prosperous Qi’ or ‘Wang Qi'(in Chinese) because Qi can be classified into 5 types of Qi, according to its timeliness,  therefore, it is important to know exactly what type of Qi and at what stage of timeliness it is at.

Finding the Prosperous Qi 

The rumor that ‘Prosperous Qi’ can be somehow ‘created’ is nothing more than just an old wife’s tale as one simply cannot produce a ‘Prosperous Qi’ place by literally lighting up the ‘Yang’ energy of a certain area. Remember that in Feng Shui, everything has to have its own natural placing and that the environment is real and not manmade or artificial. Even, the Qi present has to have the Prosperous quality in the first place, based on the time period. In any case, you cannot simply decide that you want your Front Door to be where the Prosperous Qi is located and try to force the situation. One cannot merely wished it to be where they want it to be nor can they force it to be there as the location is not dictated by convenience, but by the Qi map and based from the calculations. The gist of Feng Shui is all about showing you how to work with what you have, without having to make costly and needless aesthetic changes to your house that make it obvious that you are trying to ‘Feng Shui’ the place.

Calculating the Location of the Prosperous Qi

The location of the Prosperous Qi is determined through two methods: One by calculating the direction of the property using the Eight Mansions or Xuan Kong Flying Stars technique (Calculation based) and the other by evaluating the natural environmental features (Environmental based). Usually, one will use the calculation-based methods for Interior Feng Shui and use the environmental features observation method known as Forms to determine the External Feng Shui.

For example: We want to locate the Prosperous Qi in a house that is facing the South 2 direction. The Prosperous Qi of the house is located where the Facing Star #8 position is, as you can see from the chart below. Each house of course will have its own Prosperous Qi location and the role of the practitioner is to locate this Prosperous Qi area.

 

Because the location of the Prosperous Qi differs based on the Qi map of the property, it is a foolish for anyone to assume that there is a universal standard ‘Wealth Direction’ for everyone. It all depends on your own house direction. Take a look at your neighbors living on the same row as you and you will notice that only houses facing the same direction are equally rich and wealthy. While the external forms still have to be taken into consideration when determining a ‘Prosperous Qi’, there is also the Destiny context , whereby a person living in a house with a direction that is personalised to his/her Destiny will definitely have an edge over a person’s with a house that is less in-tune with his/her BaZi.

Once the location of the Prosperous Qi has been pinpointed, the Qi must be activated. Usually one would assign an activity room (such as the television room or living room) in this sector as one way of stimulating the Prosperous Qi in a location. Placing a Main Door in the Prosperous Qi location is also a form of activating the Prosperous Qi in a suitable area. Sometimes, for the purposes of activating the Qi, Feng Shui consultants recommend clients place Water feature in certain locations purely to activate the Qi. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Water feature itself or fish in the aquarium, but the Yang quality of the Water instead.

When you have the right type of Qi available, you need to collect that Qi. There’s no point in having the Wealth Stars in the right location on the Flying Star chart or locating the sector of Prosperous Qi, if the Qi cannot be collected. This is where the landform of the environment and the internal forms of the property, make all the difference. One should also know that an extremely important aspect of Qi collection is having a good Bright Hall or Ming Tang as it is known in Classical Feng Shui.

Do not mistake a Bright Hall for just a hallway with a lot of lights. If this is what a Bright Hall is, all the shops selling lights would be prosperous by now. In actuality, a Bright Hall is a broad spacious and open area that enables Qi to settle and collect. Ideally, it should be located in front of the main entrance of your property and not obstructed in any way, shape or form. Ideally, a property should have three Bright Halls, in tandem with the principle of Three Divide and Three Harmony (the San Fen and San He formation).

Having it, making it and keeping it

Earning more money and having more wealth opportunities is not just a case of fixing your Feng Shui. It also depends on your personal Destiny Code because Feng Shui cannot fix or give you what you do not have (in your Destiny) in the first place. So, you may need to re-align your goals, adjust your perspective, change your attitude, and see how Feng Shui can help you, within the path that Destiny has been laid out for you. Sometimes that means having realistic expectations and preparing yourself to face hardships and be willing to take on certain challenges.

That being said, there is never a quick-rich scheme that can help you amass great wealth. The presence of a Prosperity Qi only means that you have the capacity to make money, and keep it long enough to enjoy it. And even when one has the capacity and destiny for great wealth, it does not mean that they will actually become rich, or fulfil their destiny ultimately.

In the end, it all boils to an individual’s Destiny chart as it may show a tremendous capacity for a person to attain wealth or the opportunity for wealth, but if you are unwilling to achieve your destiny, then it will only just be numbers and calculations on a piece of paper. BaZi tells you that you can be rich, but it does not always also say that it will come easy.

Destiny is but one part of the equation. Being willing to take the chance, make the sacrifice and face the challenges – that is the other component. Some people have a Destiny that demands hardship, great personal sacrifice, even going through bankruptcy, divorce, bad relationships and bitter family ties, before they can emerge to see the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow. That is their Destiny and it is one that they must follow in order to live their lives as prosperously as they hoped for in the end.

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Science is the Next Big Thing in Startups

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From pharmaceuticals to petrochemical processes: Newcomer companies and investors and investors alike are setting their sights on science. How the start-up scene moves beyond the mobile apps bubble…

For the last two years Silicon Valley analysts and venture capitalists are anticipating the burst of yet another bubble. This time, under the risk are the mobile start-ups which constitute the biggest share of the market. Out of 50 companies listed in Forbes’ “the hottest startup of 2015” (by valuation) only six companies are based on innovations in other-than-mobile area, one company provide cleaning services, while the rest are diverse mobile apps.

Meanwhile many products listed can be barely called innovative. A significant proportion of the listed start-ups are texting apps, apps for people search (starting from business partners to life partners) or delivery services. While those services can definitely facilitate one’s life, in general they differ from their predecessors by only a narrower audience.

Many venture investors expect stagnation if not decrease on the markets, which is why they start to transfer their capitals from start-ups offering customers software to start-ups offering specific solutions for existing businesses. Such companies are expected to demonstrate more stability in the near future.

The Market for Mobile Apps Might be Saturated

Back in 2012 a talented entrepreneur could walk into a venture capitalist’s office, say his startup was a mobile-first solution for pretty much any problem (payments! photos! blogging!), and walk out with a good-size seed investment. “That pitch was enough to get going,” says Roelof Botha, a partner with VC firm Sequoia Capital. “It’s not enough anymore.”

“I think investors are bored with investing in another messaging app. And our idea is crazy enough that it might just work. ”, has declared in 2014 Nadir Bagaveyev a founder of a start-up using 3-D printers to make rocket engines. By 2016 the company attracted investors funding sufficient to launch its first rocket.

Pharma and Biotech Start-Ups in High Demand

Currently the most successful science-based start-ups are the companies offering innovative solutions in the field of pharmaceuticals and biotechnologies. It’s noteworthy that despite the previous revelations and even judicial proceedings the list of the most expensive start-ups still includes Theranos, blood analyzing laboratory, whose story did not descend from the main pages of the global leading media from 2014.

It first amazed the audience with its fantastic take-off and then with its collapse. One of the crucial parts of the success story of this start-up is its fundamental difference from the majority of the services produced in the Silicon Valley. Unlike the others, it was not a story of yet another beautiful gadget for communication or mobile app, but the story of the scientific idea which intended to conquer the world.

The great success stories in other scientific areas are now happening on occasional basis. However certain facts allow to predict that the situation is to change soon. One of such factors is growing interest among the big corporations to attract innovative solutions from outside to develop their businesses.

Given the accelerating pace of scientific and technological development of the world, the activities of internal R & D departments are often turn to be insufficient to ensure stable development of innovative business. Outsourcing of the R&D may become the efficient mechanism to stimulate the growth of the company. And high-tech start-up can certainly benefit from it.

Start-Up Technology for the Petro-Business

In December, 2016 world leading companies in the field of gas processing, petrochemicals and chemicals announced their intentions to enforce their R&D capacities by attracting start-ups. 3M, AkzoNobel, BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Henkel, Honeywell UOP, LG Chem, Linde, Sibur, Solvay and Technip together created a global stage for startups and investors.

“The petrochemicals industry can and must rely on the potential of open innovations to facilitate further inventions and implementation of new solutions in all major application areas, from construction and medicine to packaging and 3D printing. Thanks to the participation of international partners, IQ-CHem is now the largest global project within the industry which attracts innovative solutions and provides for their implementation into practice,” said Vasily Nomokonov, Executive Director of Sibur, a company which coordinates the project.

Positive Experience in Chemicals and Beyond

Some of the listed companies have already gained positive experience in working with start-ups which may have driven them to elaborate a systemic approach to attract innovative companies.

At the beginning of 2016, SIBUR and RRT Global start-up reached an agreement to build a pilot plant for isomerization based on RRT Global technologies in Sibur’s Industrial Park SIBUR “Tolyattisintez”. According to Oleg Giyazov, co-founder and CEO of RRT Global cooperation with a large corporation bring significant advantages to his company.

“By cooperation with Sibur we get a huge industrial experience that enables us to develop technologies and solutions better fitted to the market demand. This advantage is often not given due attention, but we, on the contrary, see significant opportunities in it. Currently, RRT Global cooperates with several companies around the world” he said.

Another petrochemical leader BASF enjoys successful cooperation with Genomatica start-up. In 2013 BASF started the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process and in 2015 the license was expanded to the Asian market.

Unlike traditional forms of cooperation between a start-up and a venture capitalist, a cooperation between start-up and a relevant corporation allows to minimize the risks associated with investing in a potentially promising idea where the key word is “potential” (but not “guaranteed”). While delivering services in the same field as the start-up the corporation gets an opportunity to more effectively and accurately estimate the market value of an innovative idea and to support its implementation.

Structural Changes Ahead: Outlines of A Coming Market

In the short term prospective, possibly in 2017, the global start-up market will face structural changes – both in terms of start-ups professional orientation and of funding mechanism. In the future science-based start-ups will dominate the market and will change our lives at a deeper level than the way of sending a text message or searching the restaurant for an evening meal. To be more concise this is already happening in the pharmaceutical industry, and the other scientific areas are to follow.

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Norman Tien, Founder of Neuromath and Early Math Matters

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From a young age, Norman Tien, found his passion helping students as a math tutor and went on to translate that into a successful business.

What’s your story?
From the age of 14, I knew I would be in business for myself and started designing my company logo.

Growing up in a poor family, I worked part time while I was in school. That’s when I started tutoring and realised I had a gift to help students “see” mathematics. I delivered good results, and my students started to love math as well.

A turning point was when I was down with dengue fever and I realised I had to grow my business to the next level. I started a learning centre and that was the beginning of Neuromath. The initial years were tough as costs went up while my personal income took a dive. I almost gave up, but I pushed through.

Today, we have 3 specialty math enrichment centres managed and delivered by my dedicated team of teachers.

What excites you most about your industry?
“How to win” has always influenced how I position myself in the industry. I researched the psychology of learning, why some students are so naturally good at math, while others struggled. I managed to find the connection, and have always sought out niches to position myself so I can win.

In the beginning, I fused academic delivery with psychology to differentiate my services. Now I have a good team of teachers fully equipped with a psychological skillset.

In the next evolution of our business, we will incorporate technology into education in order to customise each student’s learning experience based on his or her needs.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and educated in Singapore. One key driver why I started a business was, as a youth, I witnessed how my dad struggled daily as a taxi driver trying to make ends meet.

That said, I am very blessed to be in Singapore and to be given the right education. I see this as a very important factor to my success today.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore – well, for one, most of my businesses are here. Singapore is convenient for business and is very well governed. There are rules and systems that make the entire entrepreneurial journey more secure here. One big plus is the location: Singapore is a hub that allows us to connect to the world.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
船到桥头自然直 –
There is a Chinese saying that when a boat goes near the pier, it will automatically align itself (with the current). It means we don’t have to worry too much, that things will take care of themselves.

A mentor once challenged me: “But who can guarantee you can even reach the pier?”

It is such a highly competitive world we are in, who can guarantee success? This is the ONE question that has been etched in my mind for decades. The Chinese saying always comes to mind when I am positioning, designing and strategizing for my business.

Who inspires you?
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew – The fact that he started ruling the country just like a startup. With limited resources, he was able to find a strong positioning to differentiate his country from the rest of the of Asia. With hardwork and proper planning, he transformed Singapore from a fishing village to a prominent financial hub in Asia.

Because Mr. Lee Kuan Yew positioned Singapore so well, government owned companies, such as Singapore Airlines, have emerged as the best in the world.

His story inspires me, spurs me to understand that success is not by chance but by design – every little step, all the strategies are all planned out. Not at all by chance.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
My business coach, Marshall Thurber, shared with me the power of the “Trim Tab” – a small part of the rudder system in a ship. This Trim Tab, despite its small size, is able to influence the entire ship’s direction by turning it.

This metaphor helped me see that a man can influence the entire world if the right effort is applied. We are now living in an entirely new world, the way we commute with an app on the phone – that’s the power of the Trim Tab at work.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would embark on the same journey but I would seek a mentor at a very early age.

I have been through many hard knocks along the way, and I definitely could have shortened the learning curve if I had a mentor to advise me on the many aspects of entrepreneurship.

How do you unwind?
Driving down long highways helps me unwind, that’s when I let my mind relax and wander.

I love long distance driving and riding. My wife gave me a Harley Davidson Tourer for my 50th birthday and we intend to embark on riding holidays together in Asia.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Hong Kong – I love the fast pace and the vibrance of the city. I love the cars there and it’s a very unique and exciting experience for me. And of course, I love the food there too!

Everyone in business should read this book:
One Minute Millionaire – this book highlights the mindset of an individual that is the key determinant for success in whatever we embark on. As long as we know we have a very strong reason why we need to do it, we can do it!

Shameless plug for your business:
I am the CEO and Founder of 2 Math enrichment brands:
Neuromath is a Specialist Math Learning Centre that helps students from Primary 1 to Junior College, empowering them with strategies, skills and a strong desire to learn and problem solve. We use technology to train students to avoid careless mistakes reclaiming 30 marks or more in Math exams and achieve their full potential in math.
www.neuromath.com.sg

Early Math Matters is a premier Mathematics and Cognitive Development enrichment centre for preschool children aged 3-6 years old. Through purposeful play and our renowned EMM approach, we help learners build a strong foundation for problem solving at an early age, and instil in them a passion & love for math that will stay with them for life.
www.earlymathmatters.com

We are actively seeking passionate teachers, entrepreneurs and investors who are keen to grow the education business with us.

How can people connect with you?
I speak regularly at workshops for schools, parents and platforms demonstrating the use of technology for peak performance in education.

Do contact me at
www.NormanTien.com

Alternatively, you can connect with me:
www.NormanTien.com/facebook
www.NormanTien.com/linkedin

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started,
built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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