The strategy worked, some ideas came to fruition. Sales are moving and hitting the $5000+ a day objectives and people are walking in every day. But now that Mayans resenting working under pressure, working at a quicker pace, things are stirring at Taller Leñateros and they are displeased. They want even less transparency, less decisiveness, less regard for our capacity to take ownership of projects to make them happen (not in these words of course.) Even though it’s said to be a horizontal organization it’s far more vertical and directive than most companies I have ever worked at.

I believe some of the things I am recently accused of are unfair.

Marcos illuminated an aspect of Mayan identity/culture that I don’t understand very well.

He related another experience, that one time he had wanted to buy something from a Chamulan indigenous. And it was so delicious that he wanted to buy the whole lot from that Mayan peasant. And the answer was: “No, I can only sell you a few. If I sell everything to you now, what will I sell for the rest of the day?

And when I was sharply reprimanded yesterday that I am not here to overcome our financial problems and go from good to great. Mayans want to be average/mediocre, not ambitious, and in spite of a persistent enormous debt, we already have more than enough clients than we can handle, thank-you-very-much!

(As if having an abundance of clientele in the midst of financial scarcity were a pain in the neck.) Weird.

…I am beginning to accept as fact that as part of the overseas Chinese community, similar to the Japanese-, German-, and Irish-, some of us just receive an entire wealth-generating, business-building logic in our upbringing that you can explain to people again and again but they don’t really understand it. And then most people around the world (the other 90%) complain that they are poor, and it’s all about discrimination/marginalization/lack of opportunities. See table below.

They don’t really want to really learn how to succeed, or serve clients, they simply don’t comprehend the intelligence that happens behind the scenes, the punctuality, the consistency, the hard work combined with a sensitivity to economic environments. They believe the money-making opportunities are all over there in “The First World.” Al contrario, our tactics have resulted in excellent and growing sales here in one of the poorest states in Mexico, so it’s not that that you have to move into an industrialized country to get rich. The opportunity resides inside certain people, stupid.

It’s like a French pastry chef trying to explain to Americans how it’s absolutely necessary to use fresh ingredients and needing to be sensitive to changes in the season and time the over precisely. The chef can say these things again and again, but as evidenced, American meringue and banana au flambe, never really tastes quite good.

Forget about intangible but more sophisticated concepts like: Investment. Liability. Yield. Profit margins. Strategic Timing. Tactics. Reputation. Building warm relationships. I’ve suddenly noticed that all my closest friends in Mexico are Jewish-, Polish-, Japanese-, Italian-Mexicans. Hm…

Relevant article: Does you culture support saving?


You can’t argue with science (U.S. Average = 100)

Jewish — 172
Japanese — 132
Polish — 115
Chinese — 114
Italian –112
Anglo-Saxon & German — 107
Irish — 103
U.S. AVG. — 100
Filipino — 99
West Indian — 94
Mexican — 76
Puerto Rican– 63
Black — 62
Native American — 60


Spanish Words of the Day:tener buen/mal modales” to have good/bad manners | “despejar” to clear up, unblock | “dedicación, responsibilidad, obligación” commitment | “propiedad” ownership | “gran baza, valioso” asset