My career has come full circle. Iâ€™m back at Forbes Magazine. Only this time, Iâ€™m published in the magazineâ€™s Chinese website, as an occasional columnist.
Have a look here: http://www.forbeschina.com/review/201005/0000757.shtmlÂ
I was at Forbes for almost ten years, and left in 1995, after writing Iâ€™d guess around 120 articles, first in New York, and then in Europe, based in London.Â I had a splendidly enjoyable career at Forbes, traveling farther and wider than I ever dreamed possible, while writing about companies, ideas and events that seized my interest, and that of my editors at Forbes. I had the great good fortune to be at Forbes while it was edited by Jim Michaels, perhaps the finest ever editor of a business publication.Â Â Read about him by clicking here.Â
After leaving Forbes, I always told friends I was much happier outside journalism. I never looked back, never hankered for even a day to get back into journalism. Thereâ€™s some truth, at least when applied to me, that itâ€™s more rewarding to try to make a little history, rather than to write about those who do.Â
All the same, itâ€™s a special feeling to see my byline on the Forbes Chinese website. I accepted immediately when the magazine called to see if they could publish Chinese versions of my blog posts. Iâ€™m not all that sure how successful, if at all, Forbes is in China. So, my columns may have a smaller readership than some of the Chinese-language SMS messages I send.Â
This time around at Forbes, my writing wonâ€™t go under the knife of a sharp team of editors and wordsmiths. Back then, I railed frequently, and impotently, against what I saw to be the boneheaded or misguided changes imposed from above.
Now, well, I have to acknowledge my work could probably benefit from some editing and intervention. Chinese is not a language I speak with much skill. Writing it far harder still. I rely on lots of assistance from my smart co-workers to transubstantiate my hot air Â into solid Chinese.Â