Go for Gold

Cross posted at http://www.nomadicminds.org

Humor me. Have a piece of paper and draw the productivity curve of yourself over the next 15 years. Most people's curve steeply go upward during their younger years (30 to 45) and flattens out as they age (50+).

Humor me again. Draw a curve of China's economoic growth over the next 15 years. If you think the break-neck speed will continue forever, you are crazy. Most people predict a gradually flattening curve after about 10 years.

If you are 27 to 35 years old in China, do you see the amazing similarity of your curve and the country's? Do you realize this overlap happens once and only once? China will not have the same growth rate again. Therefore, the opportunity is reserved only for one generation, and that's you. Not me, a geezer, not those who are still in college or just graduated.

Or, we can reverse the angle of the conclusion, if this generation does not answer to the call, China will not grow as fast for the next 15 years. History has forged you and China together. Isn't that exciting?

Be entrepreneurial, take risks, innovate. Whatever you do, don't fail China. Don't fail yourself. Don't fail history. <script language="JavaScript"> TagStart() Technorati("China") TagEnd() </script>

Comments:

That's the spirit. Put more pressure on them :)

In China I think the motto is "Just don't fail" because nobody will take care of you. If you are young and male, your parents will have passed away, you don't have any brothers or sisters to help out and there is a shortage of girls so you may not have a wife.

Tough place but they've survived worse for longer. They will figure out that helping each other is the best way.

Cherish your true friends. They will be all that you have some days.

Posted by Tim on July 03, 2008 at 11:24 PM CST #

Hmm, I did not mean "failure." I meant "miss the opportunity provided by" or "not meet the expectation from."

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on July 04, 2008 at 12:27 AM CST #

In fact, you cannot fail. The downside of taking risks is not becoming filthy rich. Quite acceptable.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on July 04, 2008 at 12:28 AM CST #

Can you raise that age range to 27-39? If so I just barely fit into it. :) I like this post a lot and I will be sure to stay in touch with you so that we can talk about how China and I do over the next 10-15 years. It really is exciting.

Oh, and I would say the downside of not taking risks is living your life on the path of least resistance. Which is also quite acceptable.

Posted by melanie gao on July 04, 2008 at 01:31 AM CST #

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