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How Suceed in a New Culture

New cultures can improve or destroy your happiness, fulfillment and success. Moving to a new place like Ecuador can immerse you in a new culture. Moving from Florida to the Blue Ridge can also immerse you in a new culture. Moving from a city to a small town immerses you in a new culture.

See why, even if you do not move, you are being immersed in a new culture right now.

First, let me remind you. Ecuador fresh cut Christmas Roses can only be ordered from now until noon EST this Thursday, December 18.

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Red Christmas roses at our house.  Order fresh Ecuador roses for Christmas here.

Let’s get back to changes in cultures right here and now and how such changes can can have a positive or negative impact on our wealth and even health.

Would it seem strange to discover that the best education you could have for success in the USA today might be the one that was taught in the Soviet Union two decades ago?

Have you ever wondered why one of the best books on libertarianism, “Atlas Shrugged” was written by a Russian?

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Get details on “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand at Amazon.com

A key to success, happiness and prosperity is being in tune with the workings of the culture that surrounds you.

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, examines these ideas when he looks at why some people succeed and others do not. He suggests that a great part of success comes from taking advantage of cooperation within the norms of a specific culture. The book points out for example that cultures that have evolved from shepherds are different than from farmers. Shepherds constantly need to guard against predators. Arable farmers on the other hand have a strong requirement to collaborate to plant harvest and store their crops.

 

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A New York Times article “Wheat People vs. Rice People – Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?” by T.M. Lurhmann (1) points out that Americans and Europeans have evolved differently from the rest of the world because we more deeply sense of ourselves as individuals.

People in the rest of the world are more likely to understand themselves as interwoven with their culture. The article points out: “In America, we say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. In Japan, people say that the nail that stands up gets hammered down.

This difference affects how we think and process information. For example, when Americans see a large fish swimming among other fish and seaweed fronds, they remember the big fish first. Japanese viewers remember the background.

In a test at San Francisco International Airport arriving travelers were asked to complete a survey and offered a handful of pens. Most of the pens were one color but there was also one pen of a different color. Travelers of European descent more often chose the one pen that stood out. Asians chose the one more like the others.

These cultural differences can even impact our health. Feeling bad has a greater negative health affect on Americans and Europeans because we take the blame for our bad feelings. Those effects are less powerful on Japanese because they are more likely to attribute the feelings to their larger situation and not to blame themselves.

A study published at sciencemag.org entitled “Large-Scale Psychological Differences Within China Explained by Rice Versus Wheat Agriculture” says:
We propose that a history of farming rice makes cultures more interdependent, whereas farming wheat makes cultures more independent, and these agricultural legacies continue to affect people in the modern world. We tested 1162 Han Chinese participants in six sites and found that rice-growing southern China is more interdependent and holistic-thinking than the wheat-growing north.

The publication also links to a study published in the journal Science that shows how different mindsets are created by wheat farming and rice farming. Rice requires standing water, complex irrigation and each farmer’s water use affects others. Rice farmers needs to work together more than wheat farmers. Wheat takes substantially less coordination and cooperation. Historically, Europeans have grown wheat. Asians have grown rice.

The authors of the study in Science also argue “You do not need to farm rice yourself to inherit rice culture.”

We’ll be happier and more successful if we understand how the cultural impact of our past affects us as we learn how to adapt it to the culture that exists where we move.

This adaptation is important even when we do not move because the culture in which we live is continually in change.

I am writing a new report “How to Survive and Prosper in Cynical Cycle”. The report reveals the link between hidden information of 70 years ago and how it can affect the culture that surrounds us now and into the future. The report shares how knowing about the link may save our savings and ability to earn and protect our savings and investments in the next two years.

Shortly I’ll be publishing this report at Amazon.com. Before I take this step, I am asking a limited group to review the first edited draft over the next week as part of a group study. I am asking you, if you join this group to read the report, share your thoughts, give your opinion and let me know what portions of the report were helpful to you and anything else you might want to know. For your help, when the report is complete and before it is published at Amazon.com, I’ll send it along to you free.

The report explains one reason why a twenty year old Soviet education might be better for success in the USA today than a traditional education that is taught.

To enroll in this program click here.

Gary

Tap into two cultures with languages.

(1) Wheat People vs. Rice People

(2) www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6184/603