I was informed of my mild fatty liver during the medical check-up. The doctor gave me a prescription, which is used to soothe the liver and relieve depression according to the instructions. He also stressed the importance of keeping a regular healthy diet and avoiding full rely on medical treatment. Later by searching on the Internet, I learnt that more exercise is necessary. After all, exercise is much better than spending money on bitter pills. Searching further, the expertise suggests at least a 6, 000-step walk every day, about 3KM for 30 minutes. People have meals every day; it is ideal that we spend 30 minutes on meal and another 30 minutes on exercise to digest unnecessary non-nutrients. A machine is in need of regular lubricating oil addition to function well. But if a machine which is regularly supplied with lubricating oil dose not work at all, the oil will accumulate in it and result in filth, just like a fatty liver.
The logic adapts to not only our body, but also our brain. The brain needs continual charging and discharging so as to coordinate its functioning and keep fully active. Charging is the process of learning new things, and discharging is the process of digesting, reflecting on, extracting, concluding and summarizing the knowledge leant, or obtaining new knowledge by sharing what we have learnt with others. As the saying goes, when I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. Otherwise our thoughts will be rigidified, stagnating at a constant stage and viewing things from a single perspective.
Before the appearance of the Internet, it was employees sitting in an office that had the chance to read newspapers. Today’s civil servants could be classified as intellectuals at that time, for they had more and faster access to information than others. The Internet has made the world a flat one where everyone has equal access to equal information. This is also an age when information quality begins to matter, since everyone has the same amount of time to utilize. In a given period of time, some people draw 80% of the useful information from all the information available while others 20% only. A difference between the two will be self-evident.
Education plays a very important role for us. It facilitates the aggregation of correlative information selected from all available one to form knowledge modules, which are called programs. It assists the integration of such correlative knowledge into several persons’ mind, which are called professors. This is where education is different from the BBS on the Internet. On a BBS, information is abundant and every day there are numerous people asking the same questions. You will get an answer to your question by clicking “SEARCH”. But it is possible that you get more than one piece of information, which requires your further distinction and thus stimulates your desire to ask another question, for the information is in fragment rather than in module.
Most information comes from practices rather than sheer fabrication. Therefore experts engaged long in a certain domain are able to write down their experiences and thoughts in books. The content of the books, plus the citations extracted from other books, can, to a large extent, give a comprehensive description of the domain in which the author is engaged.
Personally speaking, I am in favor of reading more books but less micro articles. A book is like a dinner while a micro article is like a fast food which evolves from blog to micro blog and from message to micro message, and now it’s trending to emoji, Bai Yansong, a well-known Chinese TV presenter, once noted that this was an era so indulged in speed that it let go of quality. So read books more while the increase in book price is still below the inflation of overall prices.
在供应商管理的板块，大家如果有机会对比国内外的文章或者书籍，会发现中文的书籍或许更多实战性的内容，而外文的书籍会描述的更加全面。外文的书价格通常价格比较昂贵（我不知道为什么当年我MBA的一些英文原版教材价格还算便宜），以最近出的The Certified Supplier Quality Professional Handbook （认证供应商质量专员手册）为例，价格如下：
In the module of supplier management, a comparison between Chinese and foreign articles and books will come to a finding that whereas Chinese books contain more practical content, foreign books provide more comprehensive description of theoretical issues. Foreign books are usually more expensive (I have no idea why some of my MBA English original textbooks were priced relatively low.) Take a recently published book, The Certified Supplier Quality Professional Handbook, as an example. Following is how it is priced.
It is sold at a price of 135 dollars on ASQ official website and US Amazon, but not available on China Amazon, JD or Dangdang. However, the price on India Amazon should be as low as 1,195 rupees (about 18.5 dollars). I did not check the price in other areas. If you have chances to have someone to buy in India and courier to you it would be the best and I am also pleased to help you in such case.
By reading professional books, we will have a better-organized knowledge structure and our work will be less intensive. Take farmers working in the land as an example. Although they have done farming work from generation to generation, the outcome does not increase significantly. But Yuan Longping, Father of Hybrid Rice in China, has broadened their horizon through scientific methods.
Although I am not specialized in theory study, I will do my utmost to present to you the expertise in and the books on supplier management that I have learnt. Any Complement from you will be warmly welcome.
SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGE GIVEN TO MS.Wang Qian (Claire) FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THE TRANSLATION.