In order to work in China I needed to understand Chinese people. An incredible circumstance that occurred to me in Shenzhen (and which would deserve a detailed account) pushed me to enter their mind and see the world through their eyes. From that perspective I finally saw how they perceive us, and by trying to understand them I eventually understood also something about us. It is not a matter of philosophy but a pure necessity. When you do not move in a protected environment, such as a multinational company, but work on your own, you must understand quickly.

This new attitude of seeing things from an other’s point of view has become a regular practice, and it is the most precious lesson I learned from my experience in the Far East: comprehension before action, in the end a simple trick. And sometimes it even makes me – although as collateral effect – humanly more empathetic.


© 2020 Massimo Mussapi