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Twice the Results with Half the Effort

November 08, 2012 |   By Tang Feng

(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners were already kindhearted people before they stepped on their cultivation path. They became even better after they let go of their attachments once they started cultivating. There were also some that were not so good, but made great changes after practicing Falun Gong.

Falun Dafa Changes a Hardened Criminal into a Good Person

One man decided at a young age to make his fortune by stealing. He was imprisoned three times, totaling 15 years. He was not such a bad person, but because of various difficulties, he had evil thoughts and turned into a thief. The 15 years of hard labor didn't change him, but made him even worse. He enjoyed fighting. Whenever other inmates bullied him, he would fight to the death. The guards knew that he was desperate, so they were afraid of someone being killed. The prisoners were afraid of being beaten, so they always yielded during a conflict. By the time he was imprisoned for the third time, he had became a hardened criminal, believing that this was a shortcut to wealth. He dreamed of becoming rich and one day returning to his hometown with pride. He also taught inmates how to pry open locks so that they could make a fortune after being released.

It is really difficult to change such a hardened thief. Family sentimentality, the mistrust of others, high walls, and prison sentences couldn't change him into a good person. However, Falun Dafa and its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance penetrated his heart and awakened his true nature as soon as he came across them. Confucius said, “To know shame is akin to courage.”

Once he started practicing Falun Dafa, he was determined to repent and live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Within a short time he looked younger and became healthy. All his health problems, such as periarthritis, stomach problem, and tracheitis that he had suffered for ten years, were cured.

He worked in a hotel. One time a guest left 100 yuan after checking out. He saw it when he cleaned the room. He picked it up and gave the money to his boss. His boss was surprised and asked him why he didn't keep it. He replied, “This is not mine, so I cannot take it. Falun Dafa teaches this.” His boss admired Falun Dafa for changing a person's behavior and making him good. After that, his boss trusted him very much. He asked him to manage the hotel's income and expenses and regarded him as family.

China's prison system couldn't change him, but Falun Dafa, which asks its practitioners to live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, changed this hardened criminal into a trustworthy person.

This proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that enforcing regulations and imprisonment do not change a criminal into a good person, but a practice that teaches people to always think of others first and asks them to cast aside all bad behavior could.

Using Business Tactics Based on Heavenly Principles

Good business management should be based on principles that promote fairness and follow the wisdom of an ancient proverb, “Without rules, nothing can be done.” It doesn't matter if it is family, business or society, proper rules and regulations need to be established to keep everything running well. However, it's not easy to establish good rules, and even more difficult to make everyone follow them. If people don't emphasize virtue, then no matter how much effort is put into establishing rules or how high the cost, nothing will be gained. On the other hand, when people follow heavenly principles and virtue, become good, and establish a good culture, then efficiency will increase, costs will go down, and one will get “twice the results from half the effort.”

Mr. Li Shizhen, who is the general manager of the Sense Team Creativity Consultant Company in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as well as a lecturer in the Business Management Department at Sun Yat-Sen University, said, “I am involved in education and management consulting. In the past, we promoted the concept of a top-down instead of bottom-up management style. Using this model, the top teaches by example and acts as good role models for the employees. However, we found that such a method has its limitations. Later we decided to apply principles learned from the book Zhuan Falun in our approach to business management.”

He said, “We changed our focus from top-down to including every single employee. Our goal was to improve a person's character, and we encouraged everyone to improve his or her behavior.” He emphasized, “We take improvement in people’s ethical behavior as the core of our management style. Once people become good from the inside, disciplining employees and creating rules become unnecessary.”

On changing the company's management style, the employees' ethical/moral standards vastly improved and, with it, the performance of the company.

Focusing on Virtue and Getting “Twice the Results with Half the Effort”

After starting practicing Falun Dafa, many practitioners have changed their management style to one that teaches by example and improves the virtue and morality of those in the enterprise.

One practitioner manages a busy supermarket. Every day she faces many problems, including quarrels between employees and customers. Running the place used to give her headaches. It took many years of training and experience before she could manage the supermarket well. She once set up management rules that she thought were pretty much perfect, but they didn't work that well because everyone was attached to personal gain and pursued their own self-interests.

She then started to practice Falun Dafa. After she studied the Fa, she understood that the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance were the underpinnings of a good person. She let go of attachments and learned to not get involved in conflicts and treated everyone the same, be they employees or customers.

Falun Dafa's Teacher said that practitioners should be good no matter where they are. She was determined to do her work well, lead the company onto the right track, and correct unrighteous elements among managers and clients.

One problem involved a person who was a fighter. First, she thought of human principles to resolve the matter, but then she remembered Falun Dafa's teachings:

“We have also said that if every one of us cultivates his inner self, examines his own xinxing to look for the causes of wrongdoing so as to do better next time, and considers others first when taking any action, human society would become better and ethical standards would again rise. The spiritual civilization would also become better, and so would public security. Perhaps there would not be any police. No one would need to be governed, as everyone would discipline him or herself and search their inner self. Wouldn’t you say this would be great? You know that laws are becoming more comprehensive and impeccable. Yet why are there people who still do bad deeds? Why don’t they comply with the laws? It is because you cannot govern their hearts. When they are not seen, they will still do bad deeds. If everyone cultivates the inner self, it will be totally different. There will be no need for you to ensure justice.”(Zhuan Falun)

Nothing can be resolved fundamentally if the conflicts in people's minds aren't resolved. So this lady listened to all concerned instead of taking sides and ignored all that was said. She suggested to the one person to think about the results of a fight, that it would not just affect those involved, but also their families. She spoke of the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and their effectiveness in becoming a good person. Her words dissolved the conflict instead of triggering a vicious fight.

Once managers saw how she resolved the conflict, they copied her during other conflicts. Everything was resolved peacefully and customers said, “You took care of the situation really well.”

She said, “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. Falun Dafa teaches people to cultivate their hearts and become good persons.”

At the end of the year, after looking at the results, they agreed, “It has been proven that it is beneficial to put aside company rules. We can get 'twice the results with half the effort' if we teach everyone to be virtuous and be compassionate.”