In 2008, I had blogged about “Grandma’s Tou-fu Dessert” and argued that luck is more important than Feng Shui.

I was in Hong Kong last month and checked out Grandma’s Tou-fu dessert again.  She still stays in the same location and as usual, there is a crowd in front of her store.  Her competition across the street was no longer there.  Of course, I had gulped down a few bowls of her tasty and smooth Tou-fu dessert.

Why Grandma does not open more Tou-fu stores?

I had also checked out the top secret green bean soup dessert location near Apliu street of Shum Shui Po district.  Apliu street is the location of Hong Kong’s famous flea market for electronics.

A middle-aged woman that people called “Green Bean Lady” sells cups of green bean soup dessert near a pawn-shop on the pavement.  She has no storefront, not even a kiosk or cart.  She has the paper cups with dessert put inside a tin bucket and stands near the pawnshop’s building pillar.

Old customer passing by will raise his hand  and she will give him a cup of green bean dessert.  She turns her head around frequently to see if any policeman is coming because she is not licensed to sell prepared food.  Strangers may think she is selling cracks.

She has the best tasting green bean dessert in Hong Kong.  Her “stand” is one of the “must-visit” when I return to Hong Kong.  I had asked her once how come her dessert is so tasty.  Her secret is using traditional stone cookware to prepare the green bean dessert with seaweeds.

A few years ago, I had asked her, “You have a great product.  Why don’t you open a shop to sell your green bean dessert and maybe eventually open many branches or do franchising and become filthy rich?

Green Bean Lady just laughed her head off and replied, “Talk is easy!

I should have brought Tony Robbins along to give her a motivational talk or simply threw her out from 20000 feet above the sky to build up her confidence.

I have estimated her income from this low profile selling is at best about the income of a laborer.

Obviously, Green Bean Lady is neither in good luck nor in bad luck.  She does not seem to be aggressive or eager to expand her “business”.  In other words, her personality affects her risk-taking or business behaviors.

Besides social environment influences, one’s personality is primarily “born with” or what we call “pre-heaven“.  We may use astrological methods like 4P (Bazi) or ZWDS to analyze one’s personality make-up.

Comparing Grandma of Grandma’s Tou-fu to Green Bean Lady, we can see the effect of luck and probably personality on risk-taking.  Grandma takes the risk of renting a store and moves around when landlord raises her rent.  Green Bean Lady also sells but does not take the plunge of renting a storefront.  Her marketing style limits her business growth.  Grandma will probably accumulate a sizable wealth eventually.  Green Bean Lady is likely running in circles or staying in the same economic strata.

What is the morale of this story?  Find a Bazi reader to read your 4P birth chart to see if you are in good luck period and have what it takes to run a business (or take my “4P Bootcamp” video course).

Ken Lai

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