Life is like a mooncake

What’s round, delicious and has more calories than a Burger King Whopper? 

Finished Mooncake

It’s a mooncake, the much-beloved food associated with the Chinese mid-autumn festival.

Mooncake - before

As part of my membership of the CLN, I got the chance to make mooncakes recently. It’s definitely hard work, as you’ll see from the “before” photo.

But not to worry, in the end, everything was ok (and delicious!). 

Mooncake ready for basting and baking

Here’s a few life and business lessons I learnt from making mooncakes with a bunch of fellow learners:

  • Show up early, so you can see others demonstrate. (I didn’t, and made some rookie mistakes). Life application: always be learning. Don’t undervalue learning and observing.
  • Don’t judge the end result by the work in progress. 
  • Food is a universal topic, and the most natural place to start a cross-cultural conversation.
  • If you want to get to know someone, get your hands dirty with them. 
  • Sometimes, you just need to keep rolling  (and rolling, and rolling…) 
  • A well-designed mould (system, framework) can make the work of a beginner look beautiful 

Have you ever made mooncakes? Ever eaten them? Ever had a mooncake share a life lesson with you? Please share it in the comments below! 

2 thoughts on “Life is like a mooncake

  • malia

    Simon – I LOVE this analogy of mooncake making and business acumen!

    Also enjoyed your Video about non-plussed Chinese on iPhone 6!

    Keep up the good work and keep in touch!


    • Simon

      Thanks Malia, love the feedback!


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