Failures lead us to success if we have the willpower to endure it and keep going. This was how the story of Mei Aicai went, from a series of defeats, to meeting his beautiful wife, until his business eventually became a complete success.
Over a decade ago, Mei was a brilliant student in school in Chengde, Hebei province. According to Shanghaiist, he got the staggering result of 320 in his Gaokao test, or the national higher academic examination in China. He then opted to move to Kharkov, Ukraine to pursue a college degree. He recounted his story to Tencent News.
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“Before I left the country, I went to Shijiazhuang and learned Russian for a month, but ultimately only learned ‘hello, I want water.’ When I got on the plane, I was really nervous, not knowing what would be waiting for me in an unknown country.”
The language barrier made it hard for him to blend in during his first few months in a Ukrainian university. Apparently, he chose to study in the country as the institutions had cheaper tuition fees than in his homeland.
“Only after going out in the world did I slowly understand my parents’ hardships. For the first two years, the things I ate the most were potatoes and cabbage, as these two things are the cheapest in Ukraine.”
Mei went on:
“The first year abroad, what I felt most was loneliness and helplessness, and everyday I wanted to go [back] home. At that time, I did not have a phone or a computer, so I eagerly waited for the weekends when I could go to the internet cafe to chat with my family.”
After finishing his preparatory course, he enrolled in Kharkov Academy of Fine Arts. However, he was the sole student who could not draw in class and this made him lose his enthusiasm to go to school. He skipped his classes and chose to play video games or play ping pong instead.
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Meanwhile, his fondness of playing ping pong led him to meet a beautiful high school student who eventually became his wife. Mei shared what he loves about his spouse:
“She may be young but her views are very mature. At school, she is a good student with excellent grades and at home, she is a good wife, keeping our home neat and tidy, doing the laundry and cooking.”
It was actually his would-be wife who encouraged him to kickstart his own business. He did quit his job as an animator, but in the end, it was all worth it because his venture has now become a successful company. His business deals with importing and exporting equipment, oil, and grain.
Their 30,000 square-meter villa is the fruit of his labor, but he considers his family as his main source of inspiration and happiness.
“Some people think I am very successful, but I feel my greatest happiness comes from my family. I come home everyday on time to eat with my wife, and afterward we go for a walk. I feel this kind of life is very happy.”
Mei’s success inspired a number of online users. Let his story be a motivation for all of us to do better and keep going in life in spite of failures.
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