Life was extremely tough for Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer, when he was young. Here he talks about his incredible story of bravery, courage and determination on how he overcame adversity to become one of the world’s best ballet dancers.
In this short clip, Li Cunxin shared several important life lessons and said “I proved to myself more than anyone that if you’re willing to work hard, if you are determined, if you have vision in your mind and if you religiously work towards it, nothing is impossible.”
Li Cunxin‘s journey is a remarkable story of resilience and determination. Born into poverty in Mao’s communist China, Li was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. The 7 years of harsh training at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Through his hard work and talent, Li Cunxin won two silver and a bronze medal at three International Ballet Competitions.
Li’s incredible story of overcoming adversity did not stop with bein a successful ballet dancer. Li Cunxin has since transitioned from ballet to finance and is currently a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia. In 2009, he was named Australian Father of the Year.
His memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, quickly rose to No. 1 on the Australian Non-Fiction Best-Seller List and won the Book of the Year Award in Australia and the Christopher Award for Literature in the USA. It became an international bestseller, is now on it’s 52nd reprint and even became a blockbuster film.
Li speakers perfect English and Mandarin and delivers keynote speeches on the following topics:
- 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