Establishing a Good Reputation in My Shop
(Minghui.org) When I failed my entrance exams for senior high school, my family sent me to apprentice with my aunt who worked in the beauty industry.
Learning to Be a Good Person
Many of my aunt's clients were government officials and successful business women. On my first day she told me to remember three principles.
1. Learn how to be a good person before learning any beauty technique.2. Return a favor when others are in need, even if the original help was of lesser value.3. Do one’s best with what others entrusted to you.
My aunt was well-known in her industry and had a thriving business. She was busy and made a lot of money. Eventually, her busy schedule caused her health to deteriorate.
As a devout person, she visited temples where she burned incense to pay respect to Buddhas. She told me many stories about reincarnation, Noah's Ark, how Shakyamuni gave up his throne to cultivate and experienced tremendous hardships, and many other amazing stories about cultivation.
Improvement of Health
Qigong became popular in our area in the 1990s. My aunt was looking for an authentic qigong to improve her health.
One of her clients, a high-ranking official, sent her the book Zhuan Falun after returning from a conference in Beijing in 1997. My aunt read this book every day and said she found what she had been searching for.
Soon after practicing this cultivation practice called Falun Dafa, she recovered from her illnesses and became a kind person.
She participated in group exercises in the morning and joined a Fa study group in the evening.
I too became a Falun Dafa practitioner. Like my aunt, I read the book and practiced the exercises every day. I felt calm and peaceful.
I used to suffer from Hepatitis B and Meniere's disease. Both illnesses disappeared after I practiced Falun Dafa. My colleagues acknowledged that it was good for me to practice Falun Dafa.
At the onset of the persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999, our beauty shop was confiscated by the police. The police station was next door and the police had their hair cut in our shop. Unfortunately, they believed the government’s defamatory propaganda about Falun Dafa and closed our shop.
After opening my own beauty salon, I was told by others how to make quick money, but I refused. As a practitioner, I could not be dishonest.
I invested in a beauty project in which the supplier said they would give our clients a bonus equal to the amount of money they spent in the shop. Our sales were nearly 200,000 yuan. However, the supplier stopped the project less than six months after it began.
My business partner, also a practitioner, and I decided to absorb the loss. We lost nearly 200,000 yuan that year. However, we established a good reputation.
I used the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to guide me in my business practices and did my best to provide people with healthy and good quality beauty services and products.