In an interview with the Brisbane Times, Li Cunxin shared his insights on resilience and more
Who were your heroes of 2021?
My heroes are still the frontline workers, the nurses, doctors, paramedics and police officers who rose to the challenge during the pandemic. I have such a respect and appreciation for the people working in the health system, they have been absolutely fantastic through such a challenging time.
How did you stay resilient this year?
I stay resilient during times of change by keeping a positive mindset, and to look for the opportunities in disguise. Even through the challenges and uncertainty, which we have all experienced over the last two years, I have tried to keep my head down and chip away.
What was the biggest change you experienced in 2021?
The biggest change I experienced this year was the sense of hope and optimism emerging in overcoming the continued uncertainties caused by COVID. I feel people are looking forward to a somewhat normal year next year, and certainly here at Queensland Ballet we have been heart-warmed by the unwavering support we have received this year from our patrons, supporters and audiences.
What do you think 2022 will bring, what are your predictions for next year?
I think 2022 will be a better, brighter and more certain year. I think we can make it our best year yet.
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Li Cunxin’s journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao’s communist China, at a very young age he was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. So began Li’s journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Li’s astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers in the world. He won two silver and a bronze medal at three International Ballet Competitions.
Li then made a successful career transition from ballet to finance. He is a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia. He was named 2009 Australian Father of the Year.
The inspirational story of Li’s life is recounted in his memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, which quickly rose to No. 1 on the Australian Non-Fiction Best-Seller List and win the Book of the Year Award in Australia and receiving the Christopher Award for Literature in the USA. It went on to become an international bestseller. It’s in the 52nd reprint. Mao’s Last Dancer is now a blockbuster film.
Li’s experiences are real; his journey is incredible; his story is true, and he is the living example of overcome adversity and achieving excellence in life.
Li speakers perfect English and Mandarin. His speaking topics are:
- The key ingredients to achieve great success
- Overcome adversity and achieve excellence
- Embrace changes and Rise up to challenges
- Continuous improvement and positive attitude
- Leadership – Dare to make tough choices
- Goal setting and achieving against impossible obstacles and odds
- Performance process to excellence
- Successful career transition
- Understanding China’s past is key to succeed in present China