Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A take on gaming

I used to play a lot of computer games. Much less now, as I have come to realise it can be quite a waste of time. Neopets, SGS, Castle Age... and so on. Now I ask myself "so what if you are the top scorer?", "so what if you reach level 100?". There will just be never-ending new quests and levels to beat as the game developer attune the games such that you can never attain the highest.

Gaming is a never ending cycle of time wasting hobby. High energy input, variable satisfactory output, momentarily high mood, and low work output. The only times when I think gaming is beneficial is when it evokes thoughts and make you learn something (or perhaps games which help to improve one's reflexes). I mostly prefer the strategic games.

For instance, I have been blindly playing this game call 'Dragon Fly' which is a game of reflex to make you fly your baby dragon as far away as possible, later on I realised that I need to accomplish certain task for my little dragon to level up eg. collect one speed vial before reaching realm 4. No wonder I haven't been able to level up. Just like in life, if we want to level up, we gotta identify our life objectives and achieve them. Just going about your daily life blindly with no goals in mind is like playing a game and forever not leveling up - wasting time.

In Seven Kingdoms, I have learnt the power of monopoly. When one can monopolize and utilize the resources, conquering is only a matter of time. The winning objective of the game is to eliminate all the other ruling powers in the same land and you can play with up to 7 kingdoms.

In San Guo Sha, I have learnt the importance of teamwork and what is call synergism. Every character has their own special abilities. Some special abilities work particularly well with that of another character eg. Zhen Ji can get more card drawing turns with the card swapping ability of Sima Yi. Huang Gai can do multiple suicide attempts wih Hua Tuo around to save him. It is a game of wit and luck but needs more wit. With the right combination or 'gui ren', a character with seemingly insignificant ability can also become a powerful kingpin. The same can be applied in work and life as each of us also has our own special talents and strengths.

If life is a game, what is your life goals and strategies?


Sunday, 21 August 2011

What I learnt about doing sales

In sales you need to be extroverted, humble and polite. Certainly not for those who refuse to 'stoop down'.

Very often sales person like to show off all their products, describing the good points for each of them, try to hard-sell, or work from their own perspective eg. selling the pricey one. These are actually WRONG.

1) First, you need to work from your CUSTOMER's perspective. Find out what is it they are looking for. Test their intention to buy. If they have no intention to buy or have no idea what they are looking for, telling them everything about your products is probably going to be futile and meaningless. These group of customers are what I call "Browsers". Ask questions, waste time, then say "I will think about it". But browsers may become potential buyers in future.

2) Next, emphasize or reflect the desired properties that they want in the selected product. Address any concerns that they may have which hinder their decision to buy.

Things that they might be concern with are:

- Price
- Suitability
- Durability
- After sales service

3) Lastly, close the sales. Ask if they want to make the purchase. If not, repeat Step 2. After addressing all their concerns they should be satisfied customers. :)


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A new worse - STI Aug 11

STI has broken the 3000 pt to a 2884 following the pessimistic market outlook on US debt issues and the PIIGS debt.

Suffering from my biggest portfolio plunge ever.

Lesson One learned - 见好就收, observe the tipping point

Lesson Two - wait out the storm and buy only when things stabilize and not during the plunge point.

Lesson Three - buy stocks that give good dividends or bluechips (take panadol if market stays low)

Lesson Four -  look at figures with 平常心, don't panick!

Investing really takes much Patience and Discipline. It's in the MIND.

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