How Can Stone Fly?
I still remember vividly the puzzled look on my lawyer’s face. It was a day back in March 2005, when I had asked my lawyer to register the newly created company, Flying Stone Canada Ltd. He pondered it for a while and then said in a bit of a teasing tone, “Interesting name, Flying Stone Canada; it reminds me of some sort of Chinese martial arts. How can stone fly?”
“It is all about perspectives,” I replied, slowly explaining to him, “Right in between us, there are numerous little dust particles that are afloat constantly; they are made of the same material as stones of any size. Following the proper logic, these invisible dust particles can be regarded as “stones” perfectly. Taking a step further, the universe is really a space with many floating gigantic stones; our planet of Earth is just a tiny grain of sand among trillions. It is all about perspective.”
Different perspectives can lead to very different views – once we understand and apply this, we can make the impossible happen naturally.
In a nutshell, the quest of Flying Stone Canada is simple: Our goal is to make the impossible happen naturally. Our strategy is just like how nature works; we take on small, tiny “dusts” first, while growing it into something big along the way. Our tactics are to always check, switch, update, appreciate, and apply different perspectives consciously –
Just like a famous movie line said: “Try to think as people around you think. On that basis, anything’s possible..”
Be curious, be creative, and be extraordinary “naturally” while enjoying the journey together.
What Exactly Do We Do?
In 2011, shortly after quitting my job as an engineer in Suncor Energy, I ran into an experienced businessman who, again, made comments on the name of the company: “Flying Stone, a catchy name, but what do you do exactly? A plumbing company, a home builder, or a consultant?”
It sounded like a simple question, but it was a loaded one indeed. Instead of telling everyone our goal is to “make the impossible happen naturally,” which is a sure way to get almost everyone lost totally in no time, I needed to pin down our very first “dust,” something that was meaningful but doable to the size of our start-up, which back in 2011 was just me alone, along with the minority shares from a few other like-minded engineers but less “dumb,” who were unwilling to leave their secured and well-paid jobs to join me to play stones for fun with no pay in a foreseeable near future.
I found my first “dust” via the book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” After reading it a few times in 2001, the constant effort in investment on residential real estate was started. Gradually but surely, the real estate holding portfolio had grown into a point where I decided to enter into the “new-world-of-working-for-others-no-more” with no turning back.
A new world indeed. It hit me right on the face with the repeated heavy punches of one kind of “problem” – the hostile environment in which landlords and tenants looked at each other with twisted lenses. For landlords, a stereotype tenant had the only goal in their life, which was to destroy their investment – the rental home – while making the landlord’s life go through hell as a bonus. Therefore, the so-called “tenants from hell”…
For many tenants, a typical landlord had a name as “Slumlord” who was born-greedy, sucking money out of the tenant to the last penny, while caring little about the living condition of the tenants.
It took me some time before I realized this was a perfect “dust” where everyone could try to switch their lens and try to see the other’s point of view, or perspective, while it was difficult to do, next to impossible, perhaps, but my real life experience showed me this could be done, and once it was done, something no less than a miracle actually could happen. It was a wonderful world indeed. The secret?
Find the right match, do it one at a time. That is how Culfidant and Carmap were born – our current ongoing story
3 Fair Warnings
A big congratulations and a sincere thank you if you have reached this far. Besides a decent courtesy, here are the reasons (or, in a more frank way, they should be regarded as “warnings“):
- While English may not be our strongest suit, we can say with confidence that all of our stories are real. As an immigrant from China to Canada at age 30, I have learned that the best way to perfect my writing is to keep writing in order to get my ideas across. We strive to help landlords and tenants connect and share A+ homes happily. To put it simply, we will focus on substance rather than style.
A+ means exclusivity. Period. To make a miracle happen naturally, the first thing you must do is to have, or be willing to put on, a unique “lens” to view the world differently. This may seem like a simple act, but my experience in the real world has taught me that for most people, it is the hardest part. That is why A+ carries its own weight. So, if you believe the world should revolve around you, be warned: you are wasting your time here.
How patient are you? I will make this simple. The strategies, stories, and programs we learn and share are all based on a long-term approach. When asked how long, the answer is the longer, the better. As a starting point, all the A+ homes we have in our community are aiming to be held for over 15 years minimum. If you are the type of person who is looking to get rich quick, you are in the wrong place.
With all the fair warnings, if you would like to go further, I promise something exciting that will truly change your real estate investment for the better, just like it has done for me in the last few years and for the years to come. Enjoy the ride!
A+ Member-Only Community - Culfidant
The first quest of Flying Stone has chosen to create a member–only community called “Culfidant” where A+ landlords and A+ tenants can be connected and share and enjoy A+ homes together for years to come. For more details, click here
People Like Us Do Things Like This - CA+RMAP
This is our starting point of the journey – an unique tool/system to allow A+ tenants and landlords to be connected naturally. It begins by the A+ landlords taking the driver seat and taking firm control of their own fate and destiny. If you are the kind of landlord who
- believes in human decency, treating each other with mutual respect regardless of background, age, gender, and race, and
- are willing to learn how to invest in real estate for the long term with pure joy, click here.