Amazon Fallout

My husband and I have a Cross border business and of course the platform to be is still Amazon. Although, this was not obvious to me a year ago. I have been living in China for 10 years, so I don’t know much what was going on in the rest of the world. I am not tech-savvy at all. My husband had to introduce me 3 years ago to 3G with the mention: welcome to the real world. So, for me, Amazon was a book seller online.

When my husband told me we would do e-commerce and sell on Amazon I didn’t understand. I have been learning so much these last few months about e-commerce and Amazon. I must say, a whole new world opened up for me. And now, I see myself as having to be a Social Media expert (even though I hate to be on Facebook sometimes, let alone other media platforms), and it intrigues me. So, I started to read everything about Amazon and Jeff Bezos. I discovered that I have a competitive mind and want to beat the best. So, I want to beat Jeff Bezos, also because I like honest business and when I read stories of Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs on how they treat(ed) employees and I hate to see how they can act just because they are big.

A couple of weeks ago Amazon started to shut down a lot of Chinese accounts without warning because, yes, Chinese are cheating. I don’t like the Chinese to cheat on reviews to try to be the number one seller. This is so low and I want to teach our team to not cheat on this. We will get reviews because we give value and good service.

But today I sent an email to Amazon because I had an issue with Amazon about listing our products. Before, I got an answer days later or even never and I had to start writing angry emails to just get an answer. Now, because Chinese protested before the Amazon building, I got an email every hour signed by a Chinese name. It said that they were investigating our issue and thanked me for my patience.

Amazon is finally getting on their knees?? Inside I am joyous, because finally their arrogance is put down. But, at the same time, I want to learn on how to be so arrogant and not be intimidated by other competitors.

I have been to a Tony Robbins seminar and I am studying Tony Robbins’ Life Coach program to become the best that I can be. My European education and upbringing taught me not to put attention on myself and just keep in line. It is very hard to break out of that. Also, I want to say now that we will beat Jeff Bezos and I know we can, just because my husband and I are from different cultures and I am European. I know different languages and I know different cultures exists. A lot of Americans think that everyone thinks like an American, but the most difficult thing is to get rid of this European modesty of not putting too much attention on you and not be too arrogant to think you are more special.

I am studying Amazon, Tony Robbins and am going to seminars now to get rid of this bad conditioning. Hope everyone will get on their own journey and know that the sky is not the limit.


Western habits

I am teaching at a Chinese company now for a couple of months. They asked me to help them to practice their English, because they will have to go to a conference in London in November to try to attract new business partners.
I love to teach them as they are very eager to learn and they are curious about the Western life and mentality. I realize that I have much experience now about Chinese habits too and am able to tell them that not all foreigners are used to China, its culture and habits.So, we should always bear in mind that when we are abroad people are not familiar with our way of living.When they asked if they could invite potential business partners to dinner, I also realized that I will have to teach them about the Western style of dining and the table etiquette. I know this is now also big business in China! I love it that we can learn so much from each other’s culture.
At home, we are a bit in the same situation. Our tickets are booked to go to Belgium in October. It’s going to be the second time for my husband, but I can see he is already getting nervous and wants to eat more Western food and want to eat with fork and knife again just to get used to it again.
I, on the other hand, love to eat with chopsticks. Even when I was in Belgium I would sometimes eat the food with chopsticks, because I am so used to it and I love the feel of it. I am amazed to see on how it opened my mind to live in another country and in a totally different culture. I appreciate things from Belgium much more when I am there, but on the other hand, I miss things from China a lot as well when I am there.

I feel that I have one foot in Belgium and one foot in China. My husband thinks of moving to Belgium in the future, but I am not so sure. Although, I do miss the European life, because it is more relaxed and quiet, but I also miss China when I am in Europe. I think once you are familiar with 2 cultures, it is hard to choose which one you like more: you learn to love and hate certain things of each culture. I do think it would be good to move to Belgium for a certain period, so my husband can experience what it is to live in another culture and also so he knows my culture more. But only the future will tell where we will live permanently.