Feng Shui Dragon Information – The Mighty and Mystical

Feng shui dragon symbols, their power and purpose are enchanting and yes, it is real. Some call it a myth. Some call it nothing more than a useless belief. Is it something that is brought upon from Chinese mythology? Or is it something that does have a reality and has been proven to provide worth, value and acceptance. The results have been seen and successful outcomes have been and will be currently utilized through out the world today. It isn’t fake and it isn’t just a dream from some Chinese prophecy.

Feng Shui is NOT about religion, astrology, philosophy or superstition. It is the Study of ENERGY (Quantum Physics), and how that energy “effects” lives, homes, offices and careers.

Will Feng Shui Interfere with my Religious Beliefs?

No. Feng Shui was developed by the Chinese people who happened to be Buddhists, but it is not related to any religion or spiritual belief system — it is an Earth Science. The foundation of Quantum Physics and Relativity.

More than just the Chinese culture believes that this force is real and does exist. The United States, the western world believes in this practice and philosophy and yes are using it because it is real and it does work. It enchants and stirs the imagination. The Dragon is one of the four celestial animal that is an important yet powerful symbol in feng shui. The other three are the Tortoise, the White Tiger and the Red Bird (the Phoenix). The Dragon represents the ultimate Yang symbol, male vitality, bravery and courage. It is magnanimous and full of strength. The Dragon becomes a very powerful and potent symbol when placed facing the East and in the east sector of any house or room, but not the rooms that are listed below. The dragon image can be placed pointing in other directions as well.

In Chinese culture and perhaps even in the Western culture of feng shui, the dragon is the most favorable, sacred and magnificent of all the other celestial creatures and to be treated with great respect. Through generations, the dragon has been the ultimate symbol of luck, fortune, harmony, well-being and honor. In ancient times, Emperors of China regarded themselves as dragons and the symbol of dragon could only be used by them and no one else.

The Dragon’s cosmic breath is believed to have created the chi of the universe. Chi consists of three phases. These are called Sheng (moving upwards or moving forward), Si (dying or waning), and Sha (indicative and harmful energy). Feng Shui is the positive and helpful chi energy in the Sheng category. It is a positive energy and found in places that are uplifting, bright and refreshing. Living in these places are generally happy and peaceful.

The good energy Sheng Chi, brings good fortune and comfort into our homes and workplaces. Making it an all around bringer of good luck. The Dragons are a powerful tool and enhancer of business luck as well. They bring foresight and wisdom to the elderly, honor to the family and they protect the wearer in the coming years.

The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac and its internal element is earth. The compass direction is about 98 degrees to around 128 degrees. That is why it likes to face to the east using those bearings. Its allies are the Rat and the Monkey and the Rooster has its secret friend. The Dragon is frequently seen in paintings, statues or sculptures holding a ball or a pearl. This symbolizes success and victory in wealth and career achievement.

Here is how you can use the dragon to feng shui your way to a better life.

1. For career luck and those seeking continuous achievement, place a dragon figurine on the table, cabinet or in the East side of your office or study. Your professional luck will look much better.

2. Activate the dragon by placing it in the eastern location of your home or living room. This brings good health and harmony to the residents of the house.

3. Place your dragon image or statue near your aquarium or a water source such as a fountain for good fortune and advancement in your career. It will also work if you are seeking fame and recognition.

4. Dragons made from metal or decorated metal can be used to fend-off evil influences of the troublesome and volatile #5 yellow star and the #2 black star. The black #2 star is also known as the sickness star at it brings illnesses and ailments. The #5 yellow star is the disaster star and it instigates fights, accidents and death. Placing the metallic Dragon in these affected areas will dissolve these energies. A six-rod wind chime made of brass would be a great feng shui cure.

5. Place the dragon in a northern location to enhance your career luck. By placing it in a northern location, it too will help you up the company ladder.

6. If you were born in the year of the dragon, place the dragon on the east side of your work desk or study desk to promote good wealth.

7. By placing the dragon in the northwest area of your home, this will bring mentors, advisors and powerful friends into your life.

Important things to remember:

Try to place the dragon at eye level or lower. This will help to ensure that they are still under our control. Another mistake that many people make is to place nine dragons throughout the house, as it represents number nine. However, this has to be avoided and the maximum number of dragons that should be kept in the house is five.

Try not to place any representation of the dragon inside the bedroom as the dragon is the ultimate yang symbol and it is not meant to be in place where there is a yin energy present. This will produce a competition effect and the dragons power will cease to work.

Do not place your dragon near the toilet or in the bathroom. The bathroom water is used for washing or flushing and symbolizes the unclean water. And refrain from putting it in the garage or a closet. This is because the dragon represents activity and placing it in rooms which are meant for inactivity may not be wise.

Is your Boss a Dragon Lady?

Is your boss a Dragon Lady?

Everyone has had a bad female boss or two in their day.
But have you ever worked for a DRAGON LADY?
What’s a Dragon Lady boss, you ask? Here are a few examples of what a Dragon Lady boss does:

There’s the tale of a boss that did not pay her workers before Christmas vacation and then called a meeting at 9 a.m. on the day after New Year’s. She opened the meeting with a condescending ‘So, did Santa give you everything that you wanted?’ and then she scanned the room and told each of her paycheck-less employees what their New Year’s resolutions should be.

Then there’s the boss that hosts marathon, back-to-back meetings without providing coffee or even a glass of water for the captured.

Who can forgive the boss that demands that you complete a task and then works behind your back to make sure that your task never reaches its completion?
Oh, wait, there’s one more–that boss that works you like a slave for pennies and then constantly tells you that you shouldn’t ask for a raise because ‘we’re in this together.’

Urban legends, right? Nope. These Dragon Ladies do exist, and unfortunately, the aforementioned examples were all the same woman.
She used to be my boss long ago.

My boss is long gone now, but she has had an effect on my life: Because of her, I strive to be a mentor, not a TORMENTOR of the professional women that I work with on a daily basis.

The way I see it, someone must stick up for the nameless, faceless, female worker bees. And the women who have made it must reach back to mentor others. It doesn’t take much to dole out candid advice about how to polish a professional image, and ultimately work their way up the corporate ladder.

And when it comes to Dragon Lady bosses, it’s up to the powers that be to clean house.
After all, if you’re a business owner, Dragon Lady managers are running your young female talent out the front door. If you’re an entrepreneur that conduct business with a Dragon Lady business owner, it’s possible that her overworked, abused team won’t give you their best.

If you want to succeed, you’ve got to send the Dragon Lady packing, Corporate America.
You’ve got to clean house.

Cleaning house, that is, re-grouping and re-evaluating what employers/managers/partnerships, etc., are meeting your expectations, is an uncomfortable but necessary task if you want to keep your business afloat.

Pride, principle and office politics can surely get in the way when it’s time for you to clean house, and believe me, female entrepreneurs may know this better than most. Nevertheless, there are two golden rules to follow when you clean house: 1). Always cultivate the roses; and 2). Always pluck the weeds.

Here are a few tips to help you determine if there are weeds hiding in your rose garden:

How to Spot a Rose
(Employers/vendors/partnerships that you cultivate)

She is competent, and confident instead of controlling. She can assign a task and not feel inclined to follow up or micro-manage.

She is an agile, multi-tasker that responds swiftly to new challenges.

She is a self-starter, a continuous learner, and leader; she may implement a company-training program.

She has new ideas that, when implemented, positively influences the company’s profitability.

She comes to work on time, and will stay longer if needed.

She is respectful and works well with a group of subordinates and alone.

How to Spot a Weed
(Employers/vendors/partnerships that you pluck)

There’s a high turnover rate in her department.

She writes numerous disciplinary memos; she has increased rates of employee absenteeism.

She rarely, if ever, suggests a subordinate for a raise or a promotion.

She is a disruptive whiner that inspires others to be whiny and disruptive. Or, she is an intrusive micro-manager that demands your full attention at all times.

There is evidence of alcohol or substance abuse.

Loyalty and truthfulness are concepts that she knows not; especially when it comes to her subordinates.

In her mind, badgering is essential if an employee is to complete a task.

Dragon Lady managers will drain your business unnecessarily, if you let them.
Consult with your HR director or a trusted employee rights attorney and clean house immediately; attempting to humor a Dragon Lady and/or delay the inevitable is a waste of time and energy.

On the other hand, good managers will produce more return for every employee that they supervise, because they realize it is in their best interest to award and promote subordinates accordingly.

The good manager is usually found among the movers-and-shakers in business, entertainment and politics, and often convenes to connect, network and impart her wisdom.
Sometimes she may seem hard to find, but she’s out there.
And if you’re a female professional, your work life will be fulfilled if your paths should ever meet.
Carpe Diem.

Lessons From the “Dragon’s Den”!

“If you ever watch ‘Dragon’s Den’ (on Canadian TV) or ‘Shark Tank’ (on U.S.A. TV), then you know that there are some simple rules for success. I had the pleasure of hearing one of the ‘dragons’ speak at a luncheon recently and want to share his tips for success with you. Jim Treliving kept it simple – which is totally in alignment with my own style – and was very inspiring to all of us in the audience.

1) KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! I tell my clients this ALL the time. You have got to know your numbers – your revenue, your sales, your expenses, the cost of doing business, average value per client, etc. You. Must. Know. Your. Numbers!

2) SHARE YOUR STORY. That’s what inspires many other entrepreneurs to either get in the game and/or stay in the game. Being an entrepreneur is tough stuff – if it was easy, then everyone would be doing it. So, be vulnerable. Share your story. It does make a difference.

3) SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY. It’s always so easy, especially in the early stages, to focus totally and solely on your business. That’s a huge mistake. Yes, of course, there will be times when you must throw your whole heart, soul and body into the business – ‘certain ‘times’ – not ALL the time. When most successful entrepreneurs are interviewed and asked what one thing, in retrospect, that they would change – most of them say ‘to spend more time with family’. So, just do it, OK?

4) LEARN FROM YOUR FAILURES. Everyone has them. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying and you’re not growing – and if you’re not growing, you won’t be in the game for a very long time. It’s OK to fail. That is how we learn.

5) HIRE SLOW – FIRE FAST! Yup – not everyone you hire is a perfect fit. Go with your gut – you know when it doesn’t feel right. Make a business decision and do the firing. Everyone will benefit.

6) REWARD AND RECOGNITION. This is a critical step to success – both for you and for your team. Stop – celebrate – acknowledge – reward – have fun – and get back to work.

When you watch ‘The Dragon’s Den’, Jim Treliving is always laughing and celebrating.

Here are some of Jim’s favorite quotes:

Success is about the big picture.

I like simplicity.

I believe that simplicity is the key to success.

I have to love what I do.

I make decisions about work with my heart, about money with my head, and about people with my gut.

The hallmarks of every successful person I know are these: they want what they have, they like what they do, and they love who they are.

Get your opportunities – take them, take a ride and see what happens.

The legacy I’d like to leave back is that persistence works. Hard work works.