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China chéng gōng
Japan seikou
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This Chinese and Japanese word for "success" is often used to refer to "career success", but is also used for other successes in life.

It matches the western dictionary definition of "The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted". And it's also used it this old Chinese proverb: Failure is the Mother of Success which means Failure is the Mother of Success.

Sometimes this word is translated as prosperity, but success, succeed, or successfully are more correct definitions.

See Also...  Prosperity

Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success

China dà jiǎn hóng tú
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Realize Your Ambitions<br>Ride on the Crest of <mark>Success</mark>

This four-character proverb is used in Chinese to mean "realize your ambitions" or "exhibit your ambition and success". It's used to talk about someone with great career ambitions. Almost literally, it expresses the idea of someone unfolding a great career like a map or a set of blueprint plans.

Very literally translated, these four characters mean, "Great unfolding of a huge map" or "Great exhibition of an colossal plan".

A Bright Future

Incredible 10,000-Mile Flight of the Roc
China péng chéng wàn lǐ
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A Bright Future

This is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to wish someone a long and successful career.

It's really about the 10,000 Flight of the Peng (Peng, also known as Roc is a mythical fish that can turn into a bird and take flight).


庄子 - Zhuangzi

Breaking down each character:
1. Peng or Roc (a kind of bird).
2. Journey (in this case, a flight).
3. 10,000 (Ten Thousand).
4. Li is a unit of distance often referred to as a "Chinese Mile", though the real distance is about half a kilometer.

Direct Translation: "Peng's Journey [of] 10,000 Li".
Literal meaning: "The 10,000-Li Flying Range Of The Roc".
Perceived meaning: "To have a bright future" or "To go far".

This proverb/idiom comes from the book of Zhuangzi. It tells the tale of a huge fish which could turn into a gigantic bird. This bird was called "peng" and was many miles long. This legendary size allowed the Peng to fly from the Northern Sea to the Southern Sea in a single bound.

Wishing someone "a Peng's Journey of 10,000 Li", will imply that they will be able to travel far without stopping, and will have great success, a long career, and a prosperous future.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your career success search...

Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Simple Dictionary Definition
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出世 Mandarin chū shì / chu1 shi4
Taiwan ch`u shih / chu shih
Japanese shusse しゅつせ
Chinese to be born; to come into being; to withdraw from worldly affairs
Japanese (noun/participle) success in life; getting ahead; successful career; promotion; climbing the corporate ladder; eminence; (surname) Shutsuse; (surname) Shusse
(1) Appearance in the world e. g. the Buddha's appearing. (2) To leave the world; a monk or nun. (3) Beyond, or outside this world, not of this world; of nirvana character.

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Mandarin fēi huáng téng dá / fei1 huang2 teng2 da2
Taiwan fei huang t`eng ta / fei huang teng ta
Chinese lit. the divine steed Huang flashes past (idiom); fig. a meteoric rise; career success; The Apprentice (UK reality TV series)

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
chéng gōng
cheng gong
ch`eng kung
cheng2 gong1
cheng kung
Realize Your Ambitions
Ride on the Crest of Success
n/adà jiǎn hóng tú
da jian hong tu
ta chien hung t`u
da4 jian3 hong2 tu2
ta chien hung tu
A Bright Future鹏程万里
鵬程萬里 / 鵬程萬裡
n/apéng chéng wàn lǐ
peng cheng wan li
p`eng ch`eng wan li
peng2 cheng2 wan4 li3
peng cheng wan li

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