From a Preschool Teacher to a Finance Company Executive
(Minghui.org) I'm a young Falun Dafa practitioner who began practicing in 1996. I would like to share my story of how I went from being a preschool teacher to working as an executive in the financial services industry.
I decided to become a preschool teacher when I was in middle school. After graduating from college I found a job at a preschool.
I followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life. I worked hard and became an outstanding teacher. All the children loved me and did not want to leave my class. They said I was the only teacher who always smiled at them. Some even called me "Mom." The parents said their children became more confident and outgoing while in my class.
The school promoted me to be a trainer to provide professional training to preschool teachers because of my top performance.
I followed the course of nature and I just did my best at my job. I never thought I would become a senior executive in the financial services industry.
It all happened by chance. A friend asked me if I could help him with his start-up company. It was difficult for him to start a business as an entrepreneur. As a practitioner, my only thought was to help him out, so I agreed to quit my beloved job and join his company. I took self-interest lightly; I did not even ask how much he would pay me.
I was green in this new industry. I didn't know how to use office software. I didn't even know the computer would be in sleep mode if I didn't shut it down.
As the company grew, I became busier and busier. I had to wear different hats, such as administrator, human resources officer, and the person in charge of finance. I had to roll up my sleeves and do all kinds of things. It was very challenging, and I put in lots of extra time.
During the hard times, I thought of Master Li Hongzhi’s teaching,
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardshipHaving forged an adamantine willFree of attachment to living or dyingHe walks the path of Fa-rectificationconfident and poised”(“Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions,” Hong Yin Volume II)
At one point, the marketing department complained about their workload and said they couldn't finish on time. I then took over part of their work on top of my own. The workload was enough for three or four people, but I did it by myself. With my help, the company had a history of a top record in revenue.
I only had a diploma from an average college, but 90% of my colleagues graduated from renowned universities. None of my assistants had less than a Master’s degree. I wouldn't have been able to take on so many responsibilities and do them well, but Dafa opened my wisdom. By following the principles of Dafa, I also developed analytical skills and sound judgment.
For example, a man came to negotiate a new project with us. I was the first person he saw when he entered the building, so I naturally greeted him. During this first interaction, I sensed he was not a good person.
My company signed a contract with him. I had misgivings so I looked at the contract and saw that it did not meet the industry standard. I raised this issue with the management committee twice and suggested they be extra cautious. My boss agreed with me, but since they had already signed the contract they felt they couldn't do anything.
Within the first year, several problems with the project came to light. Our company was actually about to shut down because of the complications with this project. My boss created a risk control committee and asked me to be on it. In the process of saving the company, I did my best to organize emergency meetings and negotiate with lawyers, and we solved the problems one by one.
The management committee recognized my efforts and asked me to take part in the company's decision-making and strategies. I applied the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to every strategy that I proposed. The committee also accepted the principles of Falun Dafa. They adhered to moral standards in doing business and always placed the customers' interests first. The company ran its business legally and ethically and would not work with any companies or individuals who were not ethical.
Following Falun Dafa's upright moral values has positively impacted every staff member and their work. Our company has grown exponentially, and our reputation and credibility in the industry have also increased. The company's profits are now nearly ten times higher. The shareholders and the management committee trust me more and more. They always ask me to point it out if I notice anything unethical in their strategies.
Dafa’s amazing power also manifests in other areas at work. For example, I have never been a numbers person. One of my colleagues who attended a university in New York is very sharp. However, I had to reconcile her numbers. I was able to point out her errors in the report at a glance, and sometimes I had to help her analyze the data. I would not have been able to do this without the wisdom Dafa gave me.
My company wanted to apply for a subsidy from the local government. I found we did not meet the standard so we did not apply. Not long after, it suddenly occurred to me that the local government had changed its standard and we would have been eligible. After we checked online, we saw that we did meet the requirements for the subsidy under the new regulation so we immediately applied.
Whenever I encounter anything unsettling at work, I calm down and remind myself to behave according to the principles of Dafa. Then, I find ways to solve the problem.
Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) asked us to take fame and self-interest lightly. As a practitioner, I never thought about my gain or loss after I began working for the company. I never accepted any bribes or kickbacks from the business partners. When I purchase for the company, I always shop around and handle it most cost-effectively. I have not asked the company to pay my insurance or benefits in order to save the company money.
When we have healthy bodies, we can work better. During the past 20 years, I haven't taken even one day off because I'm very healthy – and this is because I practice Falun Dafa.
This is how I went from being a preschool teacher to working as a senior executive in a finance company. My salary is five times higher. I appreciate Master for giving me the wisdom so I can validate the Fa at work. I witnessed the magnificence of Dafa.
I hope each of us can tell good from bad and not listen to the CCP's propaganda. During this global pandemic, please remember, “Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and choose a brilliant future!