LI CUNXIN ON…

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WRIT­ING MAO’S LAST DANCER:

“I spent a whole year re­liv­ing my ex­pe­ri­ences and writ­ing about them. It was a very emo­tional jour­ney. There were some quite harsh early mem­o­ries to re­flect on and the writ­ing process helped to un­lock the boxes in­side my head… I have thought about writ­ing another book, but I think the key is to be pa­tient.”

TRAN­SI­TION­ING CA­REERS:

“Be re­al­is­tic but don’t be afraid. Ask your­self, ‘Is this truly what I love?’ and, ‘Would I be happy to do this for the rest of my life?’ I think go­ing in, you need 100 per cent com­mit­ment and no hold­ing back.”

OVER­COM­ING FEAR:

“The fear fac­tor is hu­man na­ture. You’re go­ing to the un­known and leav­ing the com­fort­able be­hind. My in­car­cer­a­tion was the dark­est mo­ment of my life and I re­alised life was so pre­cious. You can’t move for­ward with fear. Ev­ery step is con­quer­ing one’s own fear. If you keep telling your­self the world is full of pos­si­bil­i­ties and if you’re will­ing to back your­self, there’s a great chance of suc­cess. If you love some­thing, work hard, have a pas­sion and a clear vi­sion – that com­bi­na­tion can be po­tent and pow­er­ful.”

SWITCH­ING OFF:

“I found it eas­ier for me to switch off in stock­broking rather than in bal­let. Bal­let oc­cu­pies a lot of my thoughts. I spend at least one day on the week­end at the of­fice and I need to get bet­ter at that be­cause it’s be­come a habit. It re­minds me that I need to un­wind, whether it’s go­ing to the beach with my fam­ily, go­ing swim­ming, read­ing, or go­ing to the cinema or the theatre.”

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