Tag Archives: stories

A Respectable Way To Waste Your Time (2 More Fiction Pieces Up!)

Hey everyone!

There are now two more stories up under the short stories section of my blog ^^^

The longer piece is called “Happy Chinese Donut Corp” and is a satire about all the foreign companies who try to enter China and don’t understand what they are getting themselves into.

anthill photo

The piece was originally inspired by the US company Dunkin’ Donuts’ first two failed attempts both in 1994 and 2008 prior to their current endeavor (which seems to be doing quite well by the way).

It’s a good story for anyone looking for a laugh and/or some general China business perspective. And, I think it’s safe to say, that it’s only a matter of time before Wharton and HBS make it required reading for all incoming MBA students.

The other piece is called “Born in a Dongguan Factory” and it’s a flash piece (sub 500 words)  about the journey of a Motorola Razor cellphone from the factory to the junkyard. You know, the ones that were really popular for a couple years back around 2005 before the stock market crashed.

As for the title, it’s a work in progress. Feel free to mention a different one in the comment section if you have a good idea.

Of course, if you haven’t read Grassroots, definitely have a look at it. It was the first short story I put up on the site, and it is also above the fold on the Anthill this month, which is a great literary site dedicated to showcasing China related fiction and non-fiction.

 

Lynch’s Magellan Fund (Stock Picking and Stories)

Peter Lynch ran the Magellan Fund for 13 years and achieved a 29.3% average annual return from 1977 to 1990. He is a legend in the financial world. 

When investing, Lynch advises doing research and developing a story about the target stock. If through your research and analysis you can develop a good story about why the stock is a good buy, then chances are you are on the right track.

Stories and stocks? Yes, you read that correctly. That’s because stories are one of the oldest forms of communication and an excellent tool to examine our own thinking. 

Whether people are eating lunch, in the line at the grocery store, or just watching the game, they are always telling stories. Stories about success and failures. Stories about the ups and downs of life. It seems only natural that someone would adapt the technique for picking stocks. 

Stories and stocks? Well, why not. Hard to argue with Lynch’s track record.

PS. Lynch is also famous for saying to “Invest in what you know.” Reminds me of the phrase “Write about what you know.” There seems to be a pattern!