People ask me questions and I search for answers to tell them.
I think this really is the clearest and complete description of what I, as a guru, do.
The key is in the searching, not in the answers.
I have been doing this for over 4 decades, serving my own questions more than any other.
You can see it as the work of an investigator: a crime scene is the show of facts and the source of all the underlying questions.
The investigator cannot answer those questions basing on conventions, pre-built knowledge, dogmas. Each question needs a fresh search for the underlying facts and the questions behind them.
The investigator follows lines like someone who follows chains of words in the definitions of an encyclopedia, but this encyclopedia is printed with facts in reality instead of words on paper.
When the investigator cannot find answers then the question may be wrong, and the investigator challenges it.
Every crime scene is unique. They may resemble other cases and then the experience is useful, but the experience is also a double-edged weapon when one relies on it instead than on facts then it hinders the understanding of reality.
I am a Guru
I ask questions to gather as many details as I can, and step-by-step, the problem I am presented with takes shape, and the shadows become neat.
This is the point where experience helps to illuminate like a searchlight, narrows the shades and starts projecting the solution.
But this is also the point where experience may project its own shape and hide the problem and its solution.
So I turn the light around the problem and use other lights because I have many of them and they are all very versatile. And I open the window to let more light come in by studying more.
Am I very specialised in something?
I started playing with Legos as a kid, electronics by the age of 10, then informatics by the age of 20. By the age of 30, I had my industrial automation company, at 40 I was the technical manager for Asia Pacific of the shop floor division of UGS, Now Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), at 50 I started a bakery, but in the while, I invented a new injection blow molding technology. Finally, at 60, I have a consulting company in China.
I speak 6 languages, studied medicine and physics, although I never graduated, peer-review papers of researchers, mentor projects, and startups.
But the thing I do most is I study everything that triggers my curiosity, be it ancient Rome history or the latest variant of an embedded CPU core.
I am fascinated by technology, science, and by human interactions.
How do I make a living?
Many people spend their lives busy in making money. They make or sell things; they earn money; they buy things to achieve happiness.
Many people do not really enjoy what they do to earn money. Their passion is in what they try to achieve with the money they earned.
I earn and use money. That is a consequence of the fact that money is a very effective tool to represent values in a conventional way. I use money for all I need to nourish myself and those depending on me.
But money is not what I do. I search for answers to questions; that is what I do. And I enjoy it very much. I do it with passion and that makes me so good at doing it.
Then people pay me because I give them value. The value I give them is the time they have not spent searching for answers.
How it works?
You come with a question, a problem, a project. I listen to you and ask some questions. Then I tell you if I want to search for your answers and if so then you pay me and I start searching.
Am I expensive?
I charge 50US$/hour.
I study for most of my time and that costs me. So the price for my time to you pays the cost to make that one hour much worthier than that.