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greg dahlen

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Do you like your job? What do you like or dislike about it?

Maria was cutting my hair, and I asked if she liked her job. She said very much, quite exciting to cut hair. Asked what she liked about it, she said she enjoys working with the different textures of hair, fine, medium, and thick. Unexpected and interesting answer.

I hope she was being straight with me, if she actually dislikes cutting hair possibly she would not want to say it to someone whose hair she is now cutting?

Also interested in how you feel about jobs you've had in the past.

If you don't like your job, is there anything you could do to make it better?


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    Dec 17 2013: Yes, I like my job very much. It provides me a lot of satisfaction: creation and autonomy, reasonable workload with good working evironment both in hard and soft surroundings. And my company isn't very far from my home and our boss is kind to his employees.
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      Dec 17 2013: I apologize, Yoka, I believe you said what your job is but I have forgotten. Are you a teacher? What are you teaching?

      Here in the United States some jobs traditionally have come with "benefits," which might include medical insurance, although that may all be changing now due to "Obamacare." How does medical care work in China, are there health insurance companies?

      Not sure what you mean by hard and soft surroundings.
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        Dec 18 2013: I don't accept your apology because I haven't said what my job is. :)
        " soft surroundings" means the climate in the company and more related to people.
        "hard surroundings" means the hardwares of the office, the environment and the office equipment.
        Maybe they are Chinglish.:)

        Usually people like me working in a legal company will have medical insurance paid by both company and ourselves. The personal part will be deducted from your salary and turned over to the social medical funds. We all have a social medical ID card if we pay for the medical insurance. And when we go to the hospital, we use this card to pay for the treatment and the medicine. We have to pay some money in advance if there's not enough money in your personal medical account. And if it's reimbursible, there'll be the number of money written on the invoice"reimbursible", you can apply to your company ( freelancers: the government )for the money later on with the invoice. Different people may have different percentage of getting reimbursement.
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          Dec 18 2013: I'm glad you are happy. What exactly do you do at the legal company? Is it something you trained for? Do you see yourself rising in the company, are you ambitious?

          Do you think most people are happy in their job, or do you feel qualified to say? It is quite difficult to say isn't it when you think of how big the world is and how many people there are.

          So basically health coverage is provided for everyone through the government ultimately, there are no separate, private health insurance companies?
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        Dec 19 2013: I'm sorry I don't like to stray off the topic and talk more about my privacy. I can tell you I'm a trainer and I think the climate of a company possibly influences people's working mood more or less. I used to work in some big Japnanese companies but I don't think people there were working happily. The atmoshpere there is a little intense and unhealthy. It doesn't matter if someone doesn't agree with me on this.

        We have commercial health insurance products in Shanghai too. It seems nothing is impossible during our economic progressing, espcially in the economic center--Shanghai.

        I still remember you said you didn't have any job due to your health problem. You get your allowance from your mother, right? So why did you start this thread?Do you like to be a freelancer? What job do you like to take up most? What do you value most of a job?
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          Dec 19 2013: Well, the only kind of trainer at a legal firm that I can find on the web is an IT trainer, meaning you would teach people at the firm how to use different software? I'm quite surprised, Yoka, that that would be a full-time job, it must be a big firm? So you like to teach, eh?

          Well, I do some work for my mother, Yoka. Basically my parents started out with very little, worked very hard, and ended up with a very successful business of owning and managing apartment buildings. But then my dad died young at age 65 (well, that is young in the U.S., maybe it's average in China?) So my mother ended up with a very big business and a big house to run alone, so she can use some help.

          I started this thread because I enjoy learning and one interesting thing to learn about is people's work. I do believe it's valuable to learn how other people do things because even if you want to do a goal that is different from another person's goal, you can take something, some idea or technique, from how they accomplished their goal and use it to accomplish your different goal.

          I have done many different jobs, but eventually I decided I would like to have some cows and live off the milk, not necessarily sell the milk. But it's hard to do this when you are single like me, I think you need a spouse. For example, what if I have to leave the cows alone to go somewhere, what will prevent someone from stealing them? It seems to me this would be a satisfying job because it's pretty interesting to deal with living creatures, and challenging to keep them happy, healthy, and producing food. Plus I think milk is the most delicious, healthy, and wholesome food.

          Here in the U.S. we have a small "urban farming" movement. It is a case where people who live in cities feel a wish to raise some of their own food, they think it is psychologically healthy. So they get permission, for example, to keep some chickens.....
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          Dec 19 2013: in cages on the roof of their apartment building and get the eggs. Or they grow vegetables on the roof. Do you see anything like this in China? Do you yourself grow any of your own food? Do you wish you could, would you see any value in it?

          Yoka, I can't remember if I've asked you this question, so I'll ask again, I have been trying to ask many Asian people that I meet. Why do you think Asian people drink less milk than other groups? Here is an entry from Wikipedia that shows milk consumption per capita (per capita means per person), and you see that the first Asian country doesn't show up until number 75 down the list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_milk_consumption_per_capita

          I have also been trying to interest the medical establishment here in my country in investigating an idea I have that living almost entirely on milk could help with many diseases, such as cancer, AIDS, and so on. As you know, I have been living almost entirely on skim milk for the last five years, and it helped me a lot with eye disease. I think for the same reasons it helped my problem it could help others with other problems. I have been emailing for about eight months with NIH (National Institutes of Health), which is the largest government health research organization in the U.S., about researching it, and they are considering it. Here is a YouTube video I made about it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScBdrL-E-Sg Oh wait, Yoka, you can't see YouTube, can you? Do you have any interest in seeing it? I was having this discussion with people about how anyone can see YouTube in China if they buy VPN, which is totally legal: http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_x_li_a_tale_of_two_political_systems.html?c=788560 You might like this TED talk also.

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