As some of my readers know, the past two weeks have been pretty tough for me business-wise. I found out some things were going on behind my back, and some senior people in game development had to leave because of that. Honestly, for a few days my outlook on doing business in China became a lot more pessimistic. But I now I realize that it was partially just bad luck and I am getting over it. Sometimes you meet and trust the wrong people. But you need to be able to trust people to do business, without an optimistic outlook on life and people you cannot grow a company.
Pessimists would probably say: “See, I told you. The cliché is true, people in China will only try to rip you off.” But I see it different, if you do business the odds are that people will eventually try to take advantage of you, you just have to be smarter than they are. Yes, it caused me some sleepless nights, but in the end it’s actually good for the company – the rotten apples are gone and good people have already replaced them, and I will have firmer control on the daily operations.
And it’s also not just China: it happened to me before with German business partners, who seemed reliable but turned out to be crooks, and it will likely happen again. You learn from these things, and the experience makes you stronger. I might be a bit more careful as a business person, but in the end it won’t change the way I do business in China. Only optimists can be successful!