If You Don’t LOVE being in China. Go Home.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:22
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While taking a break from live the other day, I caught up on a few Youtube, BigThink, and TED clips. Sites that provided high value, entertaining, brain food.. and when I came across the clip of Gary Vaynerchuk’s presentation at the 2008 Web 2.0 EXPO, I knew I had an All Roads post.

It is a 15 minute clip that pretty much sums up what I think it takes (particularly as an entrepreneur) to make it in China.

It is a clip that I highly recommend, and not because it has anything to do with “China”. In fact China is not even mentioned, hinted at, or in any way implied… It is because what he is talking about is passion. Constant.. unyielding… unforgiving… passion.

Passion that everyone I know who is either succeeding, or closest to making it, in China has… and those who have left, did not. And it is not that I am juding anyone that didn’t have it, or burned out, but when running around town, meeting clients, and Skyping Shanghai based friends at 3am… it is clear that those with passion are the ones who are making it happen.

Anyway. enjoy.

… and for those of you who are China based wondering where the clip is, load up your VPN, hit refresh, and enjoy.


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3 Responses to “If You Don’t LOVE being in China. Go Home.”

  1. Gerald says:

    June 11th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    The one thing I fear is losing the passion for the things which have interested me for such a long time – in the end, though I think you can also develop a passion for things you have to do to make a living, it’s what you have a passion for that makes a life interesting and worthwhile.

    Which is why I like to live in China, and to engage with it fully, good sides and bad.

    Now, to find ways to turn passion into a living 😉

  2. Dan says:

    June 12th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    True of everything. There are a ton of lawyers who do nothing but complain about being lawyers. Then when you suggest they consider doing something else, they always have an excuse for why they can’t. The reality is that those with a passion for what they do will nearly always trump those without the passion. Be it in China, in the law, or in anything else.

    I read an interview the other day with a CEO of a very sucessful tech company and he said that in deciding who to hire, he wants someone with a passion about something. About anything. It can be about baseball or art or politics. Just something. He says that people without a passion about anything make for terrible employees. I agree.

  3. Joab says:

    July 8th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! It is so true that you need passion to do life well in China.