We had the good fortune of connecting with Jingze Cooper Dai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jingze Cooper, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is unavoidable. No one can mitigate risks; even the most trained economists cannot predict black swan events. Hence, risk management is my key focus. The best risk management strategy is to think ahead with each action, practice environment scanning, and always stay prepared. With careful planning and staying alert to internal/external threats, a good majority of risks can be avoided. Nevertheless, when risk is inescapable, it is equally important to have the correct attitude to conquer the challenge. I am certain that overcoming any milestone will bring a better light in the course of one’s career/life. I would not be the same person today if I did not initiate risk-taking and faced the unplanned.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most important factor behind my success is my devotion to every single case no matter how big or trivial. I wish to spread this earnest attitude to my students, and that is why I decided to take on the role of an educator of top art boarding high school. Whether it is my students or clients, I treat everyone and everything with the sincerity of my heart. I am grateful for everyone that I have met along the way; without their encouragement, I would not be here today. Through my high school education in fine arts, I learned to appreciate the small details of everyday life. I learned to observe nature and gain inspiration from everything surrounding me. The leisure readings, exploration of the philosophy of life, and beauty of the world I see through travel are all inspirations for me to create and innovate.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Part of my life is about finding good food to eat and a great place to visit. I will definitely take you to downtown LA to check out intriguing architectural landmarks such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Then we can have lunch at Koreatown, where has all the tasty food and dessert. At the end of the day, I will take you to the Fugetsu-Do bakery Shop, which is a Japanese mochi and Manju confectionery in the little Tokyo area. This shop is super historical since 1903, has been passed down through generations, and has a history of 118 years. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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