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We are preparing for the spring.
Chinese humble and tolerance are virtues on one side, vices under another situation. In the 1930s, about a quarter million Chinese died in the railway construction (western region) and the law kicked away the remains afterwards. They died because they believe it’s the only way to survive. In the Second World War, several Japanese solders could drive groups of hundreds of Chinese into the river and drown them. No one strive because strive is not a standard way of survive.
Are we facing a historical event? Dow Index has just experienced the worst plunge in the 6 decades (since the one in 1930s). We don’t care the stock market because we are not interested in stock trading? Come on, man, don’t try to desperate people by showing your numbness.
20 years ago, there has been a widely discuss on waking up Chinese business concepts, saying like: 酒香不怕巷子深;君子不言商;万般皆下品,唯有读书高. Has been fulfilled in the newspaper. Nowadays, vast of independent class immigrants picked it up again and dives into schools waiting for 三顾茅庐. (Sorry for the harsh. And of course, now they learned to send out millions of resumes.) They will look down on people who are running a grocery store, a small restaurant, or a computer shop. Or they will say: can everyone open a store, then the street will full of restaurant, blah, blah, blah. You can find good examples on what Conservative means from they denying. (just as everyone is now blaming Japanese, but I bet many will blame Chinese if they strive.)
I do not mean to tell that everyone should be self-employed. It will largely depend on personality. Because of the uneven percentage of self-employed Chinese compared to other races, I believe that more Chinese will start to think about it. We acknowledge that there are higher risks by taking the venture. One of our guys quit Ph.D study and spent some years with a group of natives working on some ideas, and failed on the time to go to market. Even though, new registered companies never stop to appear. Just like people never stop to compete to enter a University even the enrollment rate is horribly low in China, because people hold different concepts. Look at the classmates around you and see how many Chinese and how many people of other races.
On the other hand, is a job a safe? Once you get a job, then you stay in the heaven? Does it depend on your performance not to be laid off? Once you learned something and no need to learn again for life? Do you expect that when you are in 40s, you can learn as fast as you can right now? Or you think you will not be in 40s?:) All in all, a safe way does not mean easier and safer at all.
Once you could survive, think about steps a little further. Our Chinese are careful people. Once we start up something, we have better chances to keep it growing up. Just like when our ancestor are driven into the water, all of them were thinking they could survive by keeping silence; when they were drown in the water, most were thinking, take it easy, everyone will die. But we hope some will try to break through if it happened today. It would not success if only one thought about. It needs collaborative.
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