A Business Model Based on Morality (Part 2)
(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1: http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/8/18/135001.html)
Wisdom Gained from Cultivation to Operate a Business
Practitioners live in everyday society while following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They implement these principles in their daily lives and gain wisdom from Falun Dafa.
One practitioner who was forced to stay away from home to avoid being persecuted was once extremely poor and could not afford clothes for an entire year. In the winter, he had to sleep on the cold floor at night in an empty room. With faith in Dafa however, he opened an on-line store with other practitioners. The initial start up was difficult since they had no experience or funding. Because they were all practitioners, they decided to solve the problems through improving xinxing. They never argued with customers, even if the customers were wrong. That is, they believed in a path of “Wealth with Virtue” (Essentials for Further Advancement). Their situation gradually improved.
Based on the economic situation and customers' shopping psychology, they planned to launch their own brand. This seemed almost impossible because they had no experience, financial support, or technical background. Nonetheless, they did not give up and continued to make sample products to ship to customers. Gradually they earned the trust of their customers, who preferred them to inexpensive, well-established products. Meanwhile, they kept learning in this field and made solid progress. Their annual income has exceeded one million yuan per year, which corrected people's notions that Dafa disciples are poor, thus validating the Fa.
Another practitioner is a chairman of a company. Because of practicing Falun Dafa, she was able to rescue a company that was on the brink of closing. Her method was simple—looking within and being kind to employees and others.
In Zhuan Falun, Master said,
“What is the Buddha Fa, then? The most fundamental characteristic of this universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the highest manifestation of the Buddha Fa. It is the most fundamental Buddha Fa.” (Lecture One)
This practitioner followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and treated her workplace as a cultivation environment. During the past several years, whenever she had difficulty, she continued looking inward and always reminded herself to be considerate, patient, and tolerant.
When her company built a 3,000-square-meter (32,000-square-foot) building, the construction company insisted on giving her money and even wanted to give her a house as a gift. She refused and said that as a practitioner, she should not take advantage of others. The construction company owner was very moved and said, “My older sister is also a practitioner, and I sincerely respect you. I have been working in the construction business for many years and only Falun Gong practitioners are not selfish.”
Although the company has only about 300 employees, it was very difficult to manage. Very often there were employees who wanted to take advantage of the company. This practitioner knew this situation and she handled it based on the Fa. Instead of becoming angry, she compassionately talked with those employees to gain their understanding. The employees told her, “You are a practitioner and we all benefit from this.” She is in charge of finance in the company and has never given herself extra money in the past more than ten years.
Through practicing Falun Dafa, her mind has elevated, and the company has operated better and better. Their product quality is better than that of their competitors. Customers know she is a practitioner and respect her. They feel confident about working with her because they don't have to worry about this or that. Her work has also earned her honors and awards. When the news media came to interview her, she not only introduced them to the company and her work, but also mentioned that her achievement has been a result of her practicing Falun Dafa.
Only Following Moral Standards Results in a Healthy Business Operation
If one acts according to moral standards and always tries to be a better person, he or she may appear to have material loss for the moment. However, more people will benefit from it, and this person will be rewarded too. Because practitioners have righteous belief, their minds will elevate and they will improve, thus gaining wisdom in their daily lives. Plus, practitioners are honest and reliable. All these will result in a healthy business operation.