Feng Shui – Unleash the Power of the Celestial Dragon for Success in Your Job or Home Business

The basic principal of Feng Shui is based on the “cosmic dragon’s breath” – which is good energy (Sheng Chi) that is said to bring you happiness and luck. The practice of Feng Shui is all about directing the flow and “pooling” the flow of that chi and avoiding Shar Chi – which is also known as the “killing breath.” The way we direct and pool the flow of Chi is by balancing the elements in each sector of our homes.

The Celestial Dragon is considered the ultimate symbol of good fortune. When you have a Celestial Dragon in your home or office, it is believed that you will be blessed with the cosmic dragon’s breath. Most any successful business in China will have a dragon in it. The dragon is considered “All Powerful” and is said to bring about wealth, prosperity, power, protection, great success, good luck and abundance. If you have a dragon that is holding or protecting a round object, that is said to be the Pearl of Life and symbolizes wisdom and great achievement.

While it can be placed anywhere except a bathroom or bedroom, having a dragon in the East corner of your home, office or desk will bring about the greatest Feng Shui benefits. You can use several methods of displaying a dragon.

* A picture of a Celestial Dragon in a wooden frame

* A ceramic, resin, crystal or wood statue or figurine – do not use gold or other metals as they destroy the wood element of the East.

* You can use a twining plant set in a winding manner – up and down as the dragon’s body flows

* Display ceramic bowls, plates, teacups or art objects with the dragon image on it

In Chinese mythology the Dragon is the predestined partner of the Phoenix, which is Yin energy which compliments the Dragon’s Yang energy. The Dragon and the Phoenix are the perfect partners – and are the ultimate symbol of everlasting love. Thus, if you display a dragon and a phoenix in your Relationship Sector, it is said to put that spark back into your romance.

According to the Chinese, the Dragon’s Cosmic Breath not only applies to your home, office, and outside your home, but it also applies to your physical body. Acupressure and acupuncture are two methods of directing the chi that is running through the meridian lines in your body. The specific points used in these two practices actually have different skin frequencies to allow activation and get the chi moving gently so as to enhance areas of your body. Shar Chi tends to clog up and turn sour in our bodies adding to health problems and disease.

Dragons Home Decor

Are you looking for an eye catching and enchanting decorative theme for your home? It is a great idea to add decorative mythological items for decorators who are seeking to infuse the home with an essence of mystique and intrigue. Dragon decorative items are suitable for an array of different home architectural styles and decor themes. They are fun and entertaining and can turn any room in your house into an adventure for children and adults to enjoy.

Dragons are favoured among Gothic decorators for their whimsical and fanciful intrigue, power and grace. This makes them absolutely ideal for a Gothic home. There are many ideas to place in your home such as sculptures and decorative items like tables, shelves, chalices and dozens of other finely crafted items. They make exquisite wall art. They’re sure to give your Gothic decor a dark, mystical feel! Dragons have played such a huge role in mythological history. They portray guardians or keepers. Now wouldn’t you want to come home knowing that a dragon has guarded your door? Or how about warding evil off before even ringing your bell. There are many choices of what types and where to place your dragon friends.

No medieval theme home is complete without dragon decor! They have long been associated with medieval folklore, so no castle would be complete without a few mythological decor items like outdoor dragon lamps and lights, wall-hanging sculptures and garden statues, which are sure to scare away trespassers!

Dragons are an integral element of Asian culture, so they’re a must-have item for any home, office or business that utilizes an Asian decor theme. Asia’s folktales, myths and ancient art all contain dragons, which tend to be very serpentine in appearance; they don’t have wings like their European counterparts. There are numerous Asian style dragon items for indoor and outdoors, including statues and sculptures, tables, decorative shelves and other dragon wall art, along with home accents like clocks, lamps and lights, and beyond!

Classic European home decorative themes are a perfect setting for your dragon home decor items, ranging from statues, to tables, wall hangings, shelves, sculptures and beyond! You should place a various range of high-quality dragon decorative items, which are styled to feature a classic European look. European dragons usually have wings and they’re more lizard-like and less serpent-like in nature, as is often the case with Asian dragons. The Harry Potter films are a classic depiction of European dragons.

Many dragon decorations are imbued with flowing lines, fine details and beautiful colouring, making them perfect for a modern home with artistic qualities! Place a wide range of high-quality dragon sculptures and other items that are hand-crafted with fine details that will wow your guests! If you are looking for excellent home accents, take your time and find the right selections, and your dragon statues will leave a lasting impression on your visitors!

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Dragons’ Den – Success From Pitch to Profit

The Book entitled “Dragons’ Den: Success from Pitch to Profit” (published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd) 2007 is a terrific read – and a must if you have ever watched, or intend to watch (or better still – intend to take part in) DRAGONS’ DEN.

For those who don’t yet know what the Dragons’ Den is, think X-factor for the business world. With a panel of eminent business judges who are willing to invest their own money (many thousands of Pounds, in fact) sitting in judgement on the would-be new Business kid on the block. Each candidate must do their best to impress some of Britain’s best business brains with a short pitch on their new idea (sometimes an existing, and already successful business which needs some extra cash, or perhaps the expertise that any of the “Dragons” can bring).

Featuring interviews with Peter Jone (aka in this book as “The Visionary”); Deborah Meaden (aka The Marketeer); Theo Paphitis (The Retail Expert); Duncan Bannatyne (The Serial Entrepreneur); James Caan (The People’s Investor) and Richard Farleigh (The Business Angel) with a foreword by Evan Davis (The Economics Expert) – it is an exciting book which is inspirational as well as scary!

Scary, I hear you ask? Well yes – in my opinion it must be completely nerve wracking for many of the intrepid entrepreneurs who have ventured up that long stairway (OK – maybe it just seems long – I’ve never actually walked it myself, of course) into the Dragons Den and onto our TV screens. If you succeed in your pitch possible fame and fortune awaits. If you fail, then with the high coverage viewings that the Dragon’s Den has now enjoyed into it’s Fifth Series (at time of writing), then you are going to be seen as having failed in the Dragon’ Den by a lot of people! The reassuring thing with this book however, is that even for some of those who have “failed” in the Den, there has been some other successes outside. Conversely some of those participants who appeared to get backing and whom we would assume would go onto bigger and better business success, have actually stalled after the programme was viewed.

The Dragon’s all carry out due diligence on their would-be proteges after the programme is aired (or at least before the business proposition can go ahead) and it is not unheard of for some of the business plans and ideas to have fallen short under closer scrutiny. In these cases, the planned investment does not go ahead. This book shows who has faltered and who has succeeded (and why) and gives a good background for anyone who is thinking about going into business even if they are not planning to go into the Dragons’ Den to seek investment for it.

You really need to read the book yourself to get the full facts on what each of the Dragon’s are looking for; the personality traits and ideals that appeal to them most. One commonly recurring theme amongst the dragons was that presentation IS important! Not necessarily being able to stand in front of them with a flip chart or powerpoint and making a good impression in that respect, but certainly personal appearance was important for everyone. A clean, professional image with polished shoes and neat appearance. Now I think I could probably manage the polished shoes, but as for the polished presentation of some million-dollar making business proposal? Well, chance would be a fine thing!

One tip of my own though: polished shoes look good; new shoes look good. The difference being that you must be comfortable in whatever shoes you are wearing at the time. And new shoes are often NOT the most comfortable ones – so don’t make that mistake. Your great overall presentation might be ruined by the look of discomfort on your face when the toes of your new shoes start pinching halfway through your pitch…. Just a thought!

The other recurring theme is this book is the fact that all successful business people agree with the old saying “If you Fail to Plan, then you Plan to Fail”. Don’t try and impress the Dragons (or your Bank Manager!) without a full Business Plan. If you are not sure where to start with writing one, seek advice. It is better to ask and get it right, and then put in in writing, than to think you can just remember all the salient points of your business idea and take it from there. If you ever go into the Dragons’ Den you will need to show that you have done your homework – and if your memory is not what it could be (or was), then arm yourself with a copy of your (professional) business plan and impress the Dragons (and surprise yourself) with what a clear and comprehensive business plan you have produced.