I wanted to raise my voice a little bit about something I am very passionate about. It’s about methods how businesses lead their customers to a paying role.
Nowadays with increasingly many “free services” for different reasons.. it has become increasingly difficult for “payed services” to succeed. Taking the role of a payed service, many businesses want to invite their customers to join the services as a “free service”. Having engaged users into using the service, comes up the subject of possible or even mandatory payment.
There is nothing wrong with this in many cases and it can even increase the level of service since users can test out and get to know the service before fully engaging in it in payment form.
However unfortunately many businesses use this to trick their customers into paying. Perhaps the most increasingly popular method is starting up your business with a completely free service.
Only after the product has become very popular the company will declare that from a certain date, it’s users will have to pay for it. Already having used it for a significant amount of time, without paying one will loose the rights to the service.
And yes, I did recently come across one such shamefull company. The Postagon blogging service did exactly this.
My first response is to quit using the service, even though letting go is an annuancance and non-convenient. I encourage everyone else to do the same and not put up to this kind of appoling misbehavior!
The worst thing in the case of Postagon is that they claim as if they didn’t plan this from the very beginning. This is an absolute lie and an insult to their customers.
Reputation amongst the Peking Opera scene is a hard earned title, worth blood and sweat during years of disciplined training. There is a lot to learn from a career choice as such, however it is vital to recognize the negative aspects as well.
It is well known that such an old tradition is nothing light minded when it comes to theatre and etiquette. A perfect example of such masterful performance is the the dazzling Beijing Opera at the Liyuan Theatre venue. There you can show the performers in their true element, which consists of discipline, structure as well as pride in a smooth artistic fashion.
Such an achievement is not always well understood in the western society. The key essence of it all is the unquestionable attitude of the practitioners. One must dedicate themselves to the teacher without any doubt in mind. This not only requires endurance but often requires the task of going against the will of the individual. Only after years of dedication, one can start to see what one has achieved. It is a solution based focus on life, only thinking in the current moment on how to keep on going with the task at hand. Beyond all this is the very last moment when the learning of the highest order becomes part of oneself. It is when you throw away all that you have learned in order to distance yourself from oneself. This is the hardest part of the process and the only way to truly walk you through the moment of realization, which ultimately makes you a master, a teacher of the Beijing Opera art.
Negativity however is often ignored in Chinese culture and can thus work against one self. Walking the path of life without a doubt works for as long as other people respect you. Sometimes at such circumstances there is a need to defend oneself incase of any wrongdoing from the part of others, usually even the people that are closest to you.
Understand the latter aspect of the learning process would truly enable to take Peking Opera into new heights of learning and development. Until such realization the performing art will remain as a look into the history of the Chinese culture and it’s people. A valuable form as such, but moving on could have great benefits to enrich Chinese career life in a form of culture and bring back the true beauty of Chinese opera.
Take a common notion that communism is the worst possible system a government could have. Some even think that the nation of 1,3billion is the single biggest threat to the economies of this world. But is China rightfully condemned as such? Perhaps an answer lies in looking into your own belly and seeing if the democratic US really that much better.
The Chinese call themselves as Communist, but in fact they are some of the best capitalist in the world. You don’t have to look far to see that their position in a capitalist world is very strong and it is simply delusional to think that one could achieve such power without playing the capitalist game.
As for the US, they have abandoned old principals of a market economy, which are still used in the republic. Jim Rogers once stated that: “At the moment California is more communistic than China”. It is fair to say that his observation has only strengthened over the years.
While China could have been a great partner in creating balance in the world economy, it is know considered too late for west to be saved. Too long has the western powers been holding on to their believes on the corporation and according to some, this is where the great danger is lurking.