Author | Long Xingwei, Deputy General Manager of Cultural Undertakings Center
I started my first-day work at Ding Yifeng on April 1st, 2016. What impressed me most was that I packed my luggage and went on a business trip to Changbai Mountain on that day.
My specialty was to provide imaging service for enterprises, in brief, dealing with videos. Previously, I was an entrepreneur who had tried and failed several times. After graduation from university I came to Shenzhen where I tried various businesses within five years. All my ideals and passion were exhausted in those five years. Every year I would ask myself several times whether I should give up and go back to my hometown Changsha.
I had been wondering when I could encounter someone or one company that made me feel at ease in Shenzhen until I came into contact with Ding Yifeng.
Experience of Longest Interview
I sent my resume to Ding Yifeng by myself. After receiving interview notice, I looked up the profile of this company. Then I learned about Yuanfeng Living Museum, Tianding and some contents in terms of culture. I had been very interested in culture since childhood, so I was quite serious with the interview by Ding Yifeng.
Sister Na (General Manager of Cultural Center) interviewed me at that time and she quite trusted me. The interview lasted for half a month. I made a short video during this period. The effect of that video was quite good, thus I got the opportunity for final interview by President Ma. At last, I was hired by Ding Yifeng officially. As remarked by my colleagues, my interview process renewed the longest interview record of my company.
Although there were several other good companies for me to choose at that time, I only wanted to join Ding Yifeng as it was my ideal workplace. As referred to by President Ma in morning meetings, this may be so-called “cultural attraction”. Indeed, I’m deeply attracted by the culture of Ding Yifeng. I think that all the people and things here, including every small ornamental item, are worth making a film respectively. After all, I observe that Chairman Sui and President Ma are very attentive to every detail of the company when I walk around. Every detail is worth making a quite good video.
Now in retrospect, I still would like to thank President Ma, Sister Na and all my colleagues for their recognition when I first came into contact with Ding Yifeng. I could not imagine how I am now if I hadn’t joined Ding Yifeng.
The weather was the hottest of the year in August 2016. Shortly after I joined Ding Yifeng, I got the honor to take part in the large-scale event held by my company in Shandong – “World Youth Civilization Forum”. I was responsible for filming documentaries.
At that time, I accompanied President Ma to visit a friend’s private school. Many apple trees were planted in the courtyard. After the host noticed our fondness, he washed the apples and shared with us.
As I held the camera tripod and tried to figure out what to shoot for the next shot, I suddenly saw through the lens that President Ma asked the host for an apple and went to the front of the lens. I was about to grab such scene before President Ma handed the apple to me. “Hurry up, eat one.” I felt extremely flattered at that time. Maybe President Ma thought that my work was quite tough. I took the apple, put it into my pocket and continued filming. Though I didn’t eat it at scene, I felt quite moved in my heart.
In fact, there were dozens of people at the scene at that time, but President Ma care about a new employee like me to such degree. I still feel quite warm every time I think back about this scene. Until now, such movement still silently encourages me to move forward.
The Joy of “Precept, Samadhi and Wisdom”
Less than two months after I joined the company, Chairman Sui Guangyi shared the wisdom of “precept” in the morning meeting of one day.
“Precept generates Samadhi and Samadhi generates wisdom.” Take my quitting smoking as an example. Smoking was not allowed in the office or passageway of Ding Yifeng. I wondered if I could give up smoking. In fact, I came up with the idea of giving up smoking a long time ago, but I lacked environment and courage. Now as I had joined Ding Yifeng, I regarded quitting smoking as kind of cultivation of myself.
Since then, every time I listened to the words of Chairman Sui in the morning meeting, I told myself in meditation: I must give up smoking.
Now, more than two years has passed and my body puts on weigh by three pounds due to giving up smoking. Everyone asks me what on earth has changed you?! It’s Ding Yifeng, the company I work for now. If I hadn’t joined Ding Yifeng, I wouldn’t have quitted smoking so thoroughly. I learn how to be a person with quality, pursuit and the ability to abstain from the daily morning meeting of Ding Yifeng. “How can we manage our own life well and gain wisdom if we cannot even quit smoking.” I’m spurred by Chairman Sui every time I recall those words of his. I know that many of my colleagues have also made it just like me. All of them have stopped smoking after joining Ding Yifeng.
In the process of quitting smoking, I truly felt the joy of “precept generating Samadhi and Samadhi generating wisdom”, therefore I bought a cup engraved with two words – “eight commandments”. I put the cup onto my desk and I looked at it every day. I thought about how to “quit” every day. Besides quitting smoking, I also quitted some other bad habits of mine. This is the energy given by Chairman Sui and Ding Yifeng.
Dream and Career
Since I learned about film & television in 2008, I have never stopped learning about such career as director. When I was a student, I naively thought that I could live well by merely such ideal after graduation, but reality taught me that I would only walk farther and farther away from my dream if I only relied on my own strength and forged ahead alone.
Someday I gave up the immature ideal of my boyhood completely. After joining Ding Yifeng, I made a comprehensive upgrading and improvement of my own cognition. I was more energetic than ever and more diligent in learning knowledge in all aspects, thus my cognition of things was more mature than before. My haughtiness as a newcomer to the company was languished and my career direction in future became clear gradually. All my friends said that my work at Ding Yifeng really had good prospect.
I feel that I’m blessed by great luck that I have the opportunity to grow up in Ding Yifeng and that I get promoted by Chairman Sui and President Ma. Meanwhile, I also feel the great expectations of Chairman Sui and President Ma for me.
The rapid development of the company has provided us with a platform for deep cultivation. In the process of making videos for the company continuously, I gradually integrate myself with the company’s culture and manage to produce new works in line with the company’s requirements. It’s true that I have encountered some bottlenecks in this process, but more importantly, I also gain tolerance and encouragement.
It’s hard for me to stick to the present if I hadn’t regarded photography as my career. Once upon a time, I gave up for several times, but I picked up my camera again and again. I doubted whether I had such ability. If I hadn’t joined Ding Yifeng, I wouldn’t have persisted in such undertakings. The company provided constant opportunities for me, enabling me to strengthen my determination to stick to the end. My career success shall be attributed to Ding Yifeng who helped me rediscover my passion for life and career and rediscover the vitality and confidence that I should have at my age.
I once met an elder fortune-teller who seemed to have seen through my confusion and helplessness and said that I could meet the dignitaries of my life in 2016. Yes, in 2016, I came to Ding Yifeng. I have always believed in my heart that Ding Yifeng, Chairman Sui and President Ma are my dignitaries. Ding Yifeng has given me a platform for learning and playing. Ding Yifeng’s undertakings are what I insist on and follow. Only after I do not hesitate to go all out to integrate myself into the undertakings of Ding Yifeng, do I know that my mind is broad and life is beautiful.
After joining Ding Yifeng, every year I would pray for blessings at Kaifo Temple in Changsha on the first day of the Chinese New Year. Every time when I put my palms together, the events of past years flash over my mind quickly, but the scene of Chairman Sui and President Ma in daily morning meeting and all my changes after joining Ding Yifeng linger in mind forever. I am quite grateful to Chairman Sui and President Ma and to everything that I have undergone in the past few years.