Monday E-commerce Inspiration: The Ballad of Xue Minxiu

Feb 12, 2018

e-commerce businessIn the mood for an inspiring e-commerce story? Good, because we’ve got one for you!

Earlier this year, Xue Minxiu, who was born in 1936, finally got her college degree — in e-commerce!

The 81-year-old from Tianjin (a city in Northern China) had always yearned for a bachelor’s degree. Back in the 1950s, the autodidact, who speaks Chinese dialects, English, French, Russian, and Latin fluently, was offered a university spot, but for (unclear) work commitment reasons, she had to decline.

For decades, China’s laws also kept Xue Minxiu separated from her dream, as before 2001, higher education was blocked for married folks and people over 25.

Despite the practical and legal obstacles, Xue kept the dream alive! And in 2014, the octogenarian’s dream came true: She enrolled in Tianjin University’s School of Online Education.

Now, it wasn’t all smooth sailing from there. Since Xue Minxiu was born before the technological age, her computer skills weren’t quite up to snuff, and it took her six tries to pass the computing portion of her course. But, she persevered.

A few weeks ago, she got her e-commerce degree, and is now an Excel and Photoshop wiz!

So, as you start this week, think of Xue Minxiu! If she can earn an e-commerce degree, you, too, can reach your goals! No excuses!

Have a great week, everyone!



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