A May Day Update – Always Persevere – Against All Odds
Initially the news pie team wanted to write an exciting, thrill filled, well exhilarating update during the May day Holiday, using top notch technology words mixed with some good old military phrases that make up most of exciting movies, but truth is, it wasn’t that exciting, too often at times we get fixated by the greatness and good ness of imagination, the feeling of attaining an imaginary dream, that state of utopia, but no, we are in the real world, we have to talk about the ups and downs of real life, as real as it is. We like to share this incredible journey with other entrepreneurs, our clients, friends and investors.
the last email update was a bit exciting, celebrating six years of Gadget Inn, the promotion lasted for a week and few lucky individuals got access to our exclusive catalogue with manufacturers price list, and as said, it got removed soon after the deadline,
“we feel bad but have to limit access to exclusive content all the time”
so that we make sure quality is retained to those who receive our updates in time only. This first week of May update is about progress made during end of April and beginning of May, its not entirely thrill filled as usual but overall its progress in the right direction.
Upon moving to Shanghai in mid March, among so many on going operations, we also had three big negotiations going on with three big companies, two of them am sure are part of the fortune 500 companies, the third one, not sure but all the founders are billionaires, if that counts for something, Obviously for privacy and confidentiality we cannot disclose the names of these companies but the story is, they all wanted services from information and technology department, ranging from cooperate technology to E-Commerce to Programming and web development.
One company kept us knocking and calling at the door for about five weeks and eventually after assistance from someone who works there, we got feedback, unfortunately turning us down. the second company was very hard to get directly in touch, we spent almost three months talking via an agency and end of April we got in touch directly with the company, even though they said they are impressed by our works, they turned us down as well, reason saying we are not yet suitable for the position. We pursued the third company, which really had great hope, as human resources department had already requested our presence since Mid March.
We talked to two people from human resources at the company, they both agreed so much, we are the right guys to hire as soon as possible, i kept asking them to do interview via Skype, because the head quarters are located very far from Shanghai, Like 1000km away but they kept denying Skype and insisted us to come directly,
“we need face to face interview, together with your brother, come and we talk”. The HR Director “already thinks your experience is rich, you are going to meet him and talk to the founder (billionaire) once you arrive”.
To cut the long story short we travelled more than 2000km to the head quarters, met the HR director who said upon arrival, “you will have to stop your company for us to hire you”, i understood his position, its either we had to sign three year contract as full time employees or there is no deal. It was an easy choice at first, we cannot stop Witty Skills the virtual company, but the choice seemed harder because our financial state had severely collapsed at that point, We were literally broke, and out of options. I tried to negotiate the opportunity as an employee and let young brother continue with our company but it was too late. Another fortune 500 company closed the door at us.
This journey is not an easy one, after these three encounters, i questioned everything the team at Witty Skills is doing, the way we skip lunches, work hard everyday, from eight to eight. sometimes no breaks and we don’t even go out to play with friends, ( skipped on Gucun Park with really great people ) there is a lot of work we enjoy so much and its taking most of our time, even though, the rewards are not easy to get, we still pursue the dream, fortune 500 companies can shut the door at times but we get bigger every time, May day holiday, didn’t turn out so well but its just another down moment in real life, it felt like we have been conned by a multinational company and got broke, it reminded us the journey might not get easy any time soon, short term benefits are not yet attained but the long term goals are as bright as they can get.
Upon review we realised,
“Among the current opportunities, we have 20%, turning us down because, they say, we are over qualified, 30% want other languages not just english, 40% are looking for other races not black african, 10% are welcoming and we get hired and or interviews”,
Some are successful and some are not, but overall the odds are against us and its not easy. we naturally persist and persevere and try make it a good experience but it will only be a great journey when the destination is exactly what we have all dreamt about,
Even though we are now used to get turned down 4-5 times a day everyday, we still rise up every morning, apply many more times and propose new ideas, get new clients and partnerships, keep the tide increasing, its times like these when there is no clear path that our faith and hope is tested, we are stretching to the limit, Shanghai has brought us to the edge both in performance and agility. After all been said and done, this is the real entrepreneurship journey, the real life, this is the current experience, and it is what it is, as real as it is.
“There is something really adorable when a team keeps rising and working bigger and better despite the odds”.
Lets keep working, lets keep riding our tide of innovation. the future is brighter than it seems. and it will only get brighter as we make it so.
Many more projects are coming soon,
Till the next update