People watch a movie that's Chinese and they say "Oh, that was a good movie for a Chinese movie".For me that doesn't cut it. That doesn't make sense to me.A movie is a movie. It shouldn't be "because it's a Chinese movie, there's lower standard".
A lot of us may be already thinking that China is the next market, China is the next superpower. There's a lot money to be made there. Sure, but you cannot lose the integrity of what you do and what you represent for money. Everything has to be good on an international level and only then will we be able to stand proudly and say "this is Chinese made". I remember something very, very, very, very alarming to me is when I said: "we're made in China." And everyone's like: "Oh my god, that's horrible."
I've been trying to be made in China, creatively designed in China. Everything is from a Chinese perspective. And I said "half of your shoes are made in China, what are you talking about.""How can you not give us a voice in the international market when you rely on our people to make half of your products?"
That's perseverance and that's a really, really, really, really hard work. A good product will sell itself. It doesn't have to say (it was) made where.The importance of all you guys is to understand that everything that we do, we should be doing it at an international level.
People might not understand what you’re talking about or what you’re thinking. But if you have a good idea, sooner or later, they’re gonna jump on and they’re gonna start giving you praise.It might be that all tech is really in right now and you’re like, “Oh, I’m gonna go to that market and try to make some money." Nine out of 10 times you will lose. Because you’re only trying to do it for finance.Finance is secondary, passion is first. Because if you have passion for something, no matter how hard it is, it’s all worth it.
If you go into an industry only because there is money or "my mother told me to go do it", I feel sorry for you. Because you’re gonna have a terrible life, and every day you wake up you’re gonna have to look at yourself in the mirror and you’re gonna be sad.Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams, and really find your own groove and stick to it, believe in it.I think what matters is to be able to inspire the next generation.
We are one of the largest nations. We're becoming more and more important on the international level. And what is most important is the next generation.A lot of people say, "Edison you can't change this." And I reply: "Yeah, but I'm gonna try."And even if I don't succeed, if I've inspired this guy right there, and he is the next guy, then I've done my job.
It doesn't have to happen in my lifetime.I believe one day we really will be the most influential and most powerful country in the world.
I'm 37. I'm old. You guys are the young ones. So hopefully you guys can really follow your dreams, understand what the level of quality is and keep at it.In a few years, I'll be retired, and hopefully living on an island, sun tanning. And hopefully you guys can be the next ones to push the envelope.
I'm Chinese. I was born in Canada, but I truly believe I'm Chinese. I may not speak the best Mandarin, but I definitely know my culture and my roots. Hopefully you guys will remember where you come from and what you represent, and what you can do to make our nation and our people better.