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    The blog is about Kejia’s grandfather in Beijing. Kejia visited the old man recently and discovered something remarkable. We’ll let him tell it in his own words, then share a remarkable insight from Kejia himself, who we spoke to overnight. Here’s the blog intro:

    “Do you sometimes lie awake worrying that you aren’t succeeding fast enough? Are you tortured by younger peers who have global businesses, penned acclaimed books and a string of iron-man medals? Do you count down the years until you can no longer make the 30 under 30 list? Take a deep breath. My 92 year old grandpa has some advice for you.”

    The blog post continues:

    He is a tremendously accomplished individual and considered by many to be a pioneer in biomedical engineering. I visited him in Beijing recently. We were taking an after dinner stroll. I was pestering him for details about his career, looking for tidbits that might help my own. What was he like at my age? How did he work? Is there a secret a routine? He stops me mid-sentence “You know, my career only really took off after I turned 58”.

    Hang on, what?

    “Yes, I’d say the 10 years between my 60s and 70s were my busiest”.

    I was floored. Here is a man who helped revolutionise medical technology and he did it in his twilight years.

    Long story short. Kejia’s Grandpa’s life was interrupted by all sorts of political turmoil in China. But as Kejia explains, this only made him stronger in the end.

    “My grandpa had no choice but to wait a long time for his opportunity. It’s likely he would have achieved even more had be moved to the West. However, had he missed his moment, I dare say he would still have had a fulfilling life. Without the acclaim and recognition he’d still be the jovial, curious and industrious man I love.

    “His advice to me: Don’t be in so much of a rush. Be easier on yourself. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a waste of time. He also adds an old Chinese saying “大器晚成” – A big construction is always completed late.”

    So there you have it. Relax. Take a breath. Let this thing come to you rather than despairing that you haven’t grabbed it yet.

    We asked Kejia if he could tell us about himself and share a few more reflections on the experience of meeting his grandfather. Here’s what he said:

    “I’m 29, soon to be 30 in January. I stumbled into the web/tech industry by way of physics, an investment bank, charity fundraising and medical research. It feels like I was part of the generation groomed to feel like they could and should achieve everything. I for one have been anxious about living up to this expectation and could see many of my peers felt the same, though it was never talked about.

    I moved to the Bay area [San Francisco] last month to join Facebook. Despite some early successes I feel rather unremarkable here, which is a good thing. I wanted to be in a position where I could feel like a rookie and soak up the learning. I do think that the high achievement driven attitude that fuels this area has a negative impact on people’s expectations of themselves.”

    Is that refreshing or what? This dude works for Facebook, the hub of some of the most creative minds in the world, yet he’s not fretting over being smarter and more ahead-of-the-curve than everyone else. He’s just doing things in his own time.

    Advice we can all heed, don’t you think?

    Continue the conversation in the comments below or on Twitter with Kejia himself at @Kzhu, @antsharwood and @newscomauHQ. And you can read Kejia’s entire blog here.


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