University student Li Jinlong blinded his right eye for 18 years, leading dozens of students to start a business
"You just have to bow your head and work hard, and leave the rest time"
When most of his peers rushed to major job fairs to find work, two mobile phones of Li Jinlong, a senior student at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, had to be turned on 24 hours to manage four companies with multiple business lines covering multiple provinces and cities. This is the daily life of this 23-year-old entrepreneur.
Li Jinlong's life dictionary was once filled with the hardships of life.
Li Jinlong was born in a remote mountain village in Longxi, Gansu. On December 29, when he was six years old, the whole family sat around Kang. The naughty little Jinlong secretly played with scissors while his mother wasn't paying attention, and accidentally poked into his eyes.
After two operations, his family was heavily in debt. Li Jinlong's right eye still could not see the words on the book, and he was always closed in the sun. He often has to experience people's strange visions, and even was dubbed "one-eyed dragon" by his classmates.
But his life dictionary is full of strength.
Li Jinlong's father opened a veterinary drug store in the town to support the family's livelihood. Since his childhood, Li Jinlong has followed his father to learn to give doctors an injection in livestock. When his father is not at home, whoever's piglet becomes ill, Li Jinlong can “call out” with his medicine box on his back. When he went to middle school in town, he helped his father contact the manufacturers to order medicines and deliver goods. In his teens, he became the pillar of the family.
In addition, Li Jinlong has excellent grades from elementary school to college and is often selected as the monitor.
In 2016, Li Jinlong was admitted to the School of Public Administration of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. In order to save travel expenses, he resolutely refused to let his father send him, and took a 20-hour train to Wuhan alone. Looking at Jiangcheng at two o'clock in the morning, Li Jinlong secretly determined: "During college, I need to make money to support myself, be economically independent, and lighten my father's shoulders."
After learning about Li Jinlong's family situation, the school teacher provided him with a work-study position and helped him apply for a living allowance of 300 yuan per month. However, in order to save money, Li Jinlong ate three yuan and one dime for a meal every day. Over time, the aunt in the cafeteria knew this poor child and would give him more food every time.
Li Jinlong, who wants to achieve economic independence as soon as possible, has not missed any opportunity to make money. In his freshman year, Li Jinlong worked as a driving school agent, sold freshman supplies and phone cards. He also promoted apps and worked as a tutor. In the third month of school, he told his father that he no longer needed to pay for his living.
During his freshman year, Deng Hanhui, dean of the School of Entrepreneurship, directed Li Jinlong's class to conduct an investigation. Every morning at 6 am, as the monitor, he dragged a few boxes of research materials, took the subway to the bus, and took his classmates to the community to do a questionnaire survey.
The winter in Wuhan is cold and unbearable. Coupled with the end of the period, some students are reluctant to go. Li Jinlong finishes the investigation report every night, and also convinces everyone to overcome the difficulties of getting up early and reviewing at the end of the period. He worked almost every day until one or two o'clock in the night, and lost 6 pounds in 5 days.
Li Jinlong's outstanding ability and tenacity have won high praise from teachers. Deng Hanhui recommended him to Li Shuai and Chen Ken, who were entrepreneurs at the time, and was responsible for operating Mercator Business Services Co., Ltd. as a third-party social survey service. Prior to that, Li Jinlong had registered a company to do cell phone repairs on campus. However, due to the strong mobility of the campus team, the 20-member team didn't have long after only two people.
Under the guidance of Chen Ken, Li Jinlong started by writing a project book and organized a group of entrepreneurial partners.
Li Jinlong gradually brought out his own small team, and they launched a smart cloud point recycling terminal-"Hua Cleanli Green Smart Campus". Students can earn points through waste sorting and use points or cash to link business consumption scenarios such as washing machines, vending machines, and bus cards to recharge. New, down-to-earth green ideas and business models were quickly accepted by all parties.
Li Jinlong took the project to participate in large and small competitions, and constantly modified it. In September 2018, in the "China Construction Bank Cup" third national financial and economic college innovation and entrepreneurship competition, this team stood out from more than 70 teams and won the special award and the best popularity award in one fell swoop.
He seized the opportunity to promote college. Starting from several washing machines, the project has been developed through bidding to 11 cities, more than 30 colleges and universities, and more than 7,000 washing machines. Not long ago, this team even won the self-service laundry business of a 60,000 large factory in Chengdu.
The success of Wah Kee Lee made Li Jinlong gradually go from a "confidence" to an "ambition". He ventured into online education, entrepreneurship and incubation.
Li Jinlong's team pays attention to the gap between domestic insurance and research consulting, so they put forward the idea of doing online insurance and research consulting projects. They immediately set up applications, public accounts, mini-programs, etc. to provide one-on-one counselling and tutoring for students who want to study under a guarantee. At present, the project covers hundreds of colleges and universities, and has accumulated more than students matching the target colleges with an annual turnover of tens of millions of yuan.
In addition to starting a business, this young man did not delay his studies. In the junior year of his junior year, he ranked second in professional grades and ranked first in comprehensive grades. As a result, he won a national scholarship and a pacesetter for three good students at the university level.
He said that he enjoyed such a sense of accomplishment, "influencing and changing people around him through his own efforts."
Gong Mingzhu, a junior student at the School of Public Management, founded the school ’s “Eating, Drinking, Fun, and Fun Alliance” to share tips on eating, drinking, and fun around the campus, which attracted more than 8,000 fans in less than a year. In the early days, Li Jinlong asked her to join her own project, and encouraged her to make bold trials and errors by learning to write, plan, and play. Gong Mingzhu said: "Brother's experience is very rich. After each exchange, he can point out the problem, which makes me feel open and cheerful."
Li Qin won the honorary titles of "National Heroes of Entrepreneurship for College Students ", "Star of Self-improvement for Chinese University Students", "2018 Model Star of Self-Improvement for University Students in Hubei Province" and other honorary titles. He is grateful for the guidance and help of his senior apprentice on the entrepreneurial road, so he wants to continue this "help others" entrepreneurial model and let interested people participate. Including team members, more than 60 college students have now become college student creators under the leadership of Li Jinlong.
Since he was in college, Li Jinlong has only asked his parents to live on 2,000 yuan. Now he has bought a car and house for his family in the town. Every time he stood in the spotlight, Li Jinlong would share the life motto that he believed and practiced to young schoolmates: "You just need to lower your head and work hard, and give the rest to time."
December 26, Wuhan
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