FF 032 - How to Sell When You Hate Selling, Beijing vs. Guangzhou, Free Consulting Calls, Relationship Therapy, and How Not to Travel the World


Hello from Beijing and now Guangzhou, China!

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Welcome to the 32nd Edition of FRIDAY FAVORITES!

Check out this week's list of things I've learned, how I've implemented them, and what I'm enjoying or pondering.

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by Stephanie Lee

by Stephanie Lee

This post wasn't particularly interesting to me, but I know some of you will see it as a godsend.  If you have a fear of selling, it's for you.

2. What I Am Doing: Exloring Beijing and Guangzhou. And also running a giveaway!

Guangzhou at night

Not sure what to say about either of these cities. I didn't experience Beijing the way I should have: constantly with locals.  The first two days were awesome because I was staying with a great new friend of mine who's been living there for 12 years! But after he had to leave, it was difficult to find the real Beijing.

I did however, meet some interesting students working on some big things in the Schwartzman Scholar program at Tsinghua University. The Uni itself is HUGE, easily a city on its own. It was also highly relevant to the book I'm reading, Principles by Ray Dalio, because Ray has donated tons of money to the school, and was one of the people to start China's first ever private equity firm, so they named their auditorium after him.

Guangzhou is cleaner, greener, and overall has better food thanks to the gastronomy deeply embedded in Cantonese culture.  I'd share my photos, but I'll save your eyes from burning by instead showing you some photos from my highly esteemed client, the amazing Raphael Benros:

Students getting their daily exercise

This is by far the best podcast of its class: relationship therapy.  I really love the way Esther challenges norms and, in doing so, can repair couples that are past the "point of no return". She's confident and definitely shows that she knows her stuff, but she is damn good at what she does.

Here's a recent talk she presented at South By Southwest (SXSW) that I enjoyed, but listen to one of the episodes on her podcast if you want a real dose of raw emotion and humanity at their core.

4. What I Have Learned / Applied: Long-term travel is fun when it's slow

One of my favorite books of all time: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

One of my favorite books of all time: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Vagabonding was the first book I read after dropping out to travel the world.  It's the best travel book I've read.

Here's the problem, I didn't listen to the book's advice on long-term travel.  I've been moving around nearly every week for the past 4 1/2 months. I don't get to experience each place to the extent I want to and I'm starting to feel the lethargy that comes with living out of your backpack.

This way of travel is great for getting a taste of each place I visit, but a taste is really only useful for figuring out whether or not you want more than a taste or not. 

For example, now I know that I would live long-term in Japan and Portugal, and mid/short-term in Hong Kong and Seoul. Which is great! But, if your goal is to dive deep into a country's culture or really experience what it's like to be a local, you need to stay at LEAST a month probably 3.

For my next stint, I'll be staying a month to a year in each place I visit.

5. Thought(s) I Am Pondering:

Do I want to go into venture capital? Probably, if it’s in Japan.

Thanks for reading, have an awesome weekend! 😁

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