There’s a 60-year-old man named Zhu Shuyou in Yibin, Sichuan province who can’t read or write, or even see, but, with great perseverance, he has managed to teach himself how to repair bicycles and motorbikes. He has been repairing bikes for the people in his village for the past 30 years, charging only the cost of the materials plus a 10% service fee.
Although Zhu can’t see, he can tell what’s wrong with a motorbike simply by touching it and listening to the noises it makes. A Chengdu Business Daily reporter recently paid a visit to his little shop on the side of a village road and watched him at work.
A villager, surnamed Zeng, brought his motorbike for repair. Zeng put his key in the ignition and the motorbike’s engine roared. Zhu immediately figured out that the problem was with the battery. He then switched out the battery in under five minutes. Zeng revved the engine again and the noise was gone. “I wouldn’t be able to tell that he’s blind just by looking at him fixing my bike,” Zeng admitted.
Later, a couple approached with their newly-purchased motorbike, which cost them 15,000 yuan. They asked Zhu to check it out to see if it was a good deal. Zhu began touching the motorbike. After a while, he said it was a good bike, but that the engine cooler was a bit smaller than normal, so they should keep an eye on engine temperature.
Zhu has been repairing bikes for over 30 years and has managed to build up a faithful clientele. After all, he only charges the cost of the materials plus a 10% service fee. If the job doesn’t require changing out new parts, then he won’t charge anything.
According to his mother, Zhu was struck with meningitis, an inflammation of protective brain and spinal cord membranes, when he was only six months old, costing him his eyesight. He never went to school and never learned how to read or write.
He knew, however, that he would one day have to learn a trade. Fortunately, he was given a broken bicycle. He took the bike apart, piece by piece, and then put it back together again. Slowly, he was able to see which parts were broken and eventually fixed the bike, launching his career.
Over the past 30 years, Zhu has managed to earn enough money to build a house in the village for his 84-year-old mother and pay upfront for his son’s apartment in the city.
“I don’t feel that I’m inferior to others,” Zhu told a reporter. “I taught myself everything and I earn myself a living that’s as good as others.”
By Alex Tang
[Images via NetEase / YibinNews]
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