We’ve been taught to be a replaceable cog in a giant machine. We’ve been taught to consume as a shortcut to happiness. We’ve been taught not to care about our job or our customers. And we’ve been taught to fit in.
It’s impossible to do the work at the same time you’re in pain. The moment-to-moment insecurity of so many jobs robs you of the confidence you need to actually do great work.
If you’re producing tires for Hyundai or light-bulb filaments for Sylvania, most of the people in your company need to be inexpensive first, reliable second, and present, third.
Outside of Shenzhen lies Dafen. It’s said that 60 percent of all the paintings in the world are produced by painters who live in this town.