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Jack Ma

 

Jack Ma (nickname "Crazy Jack Ma") is the founder of Alibaba. He started the company with 18 friends out of his small apartment in 1999, in Hangzhou. Within few years, Alibaba grew into the largest Chinese e-commerce company.

  

   

10 Success Lessons from Jack Ma and his Alibaba

 

 

 

   

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Jack Ma success advice

As entrepreneurs, if you're not optimistic, you're in trouble. So the people I choose, they have to be optimistic.

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The difference between big company and small company is not about revenue, it's about the dream. The small companies have the dreams. Most of the big companies when they get to a certain size, they only have KPI.


Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.

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Jack Ma success advice

You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.

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Jack Ma success advice

When the team's all a bunch of scientists, it is best to have a peasant to lead the way. He thinks differently.

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Jack Ma success advice

I think everybody can be successful if you really try hard and don’t give up.

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I always find people smarter than I am. Then my job is to make sure smart people can work together. Stupid people can work together easily, smart people can't.


Intelligent people need a fool to lead them. When the team's all a bunch of scientists, it is best to have a peasant lead the way. His way of thinking is different. It's easier to win if you have people seeing things from different perspectives.


I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.


In the 21st century, no matter whoever you are or whatever your organization is, you should not pursue size and power. You should be good. Kindness is the strongest power.



6. “Women balance the logic and the instinct. I would say this is the ‘secret sauce’ of the company.” “Men think about themselves more; women think about others more.”

7. “If you want your business to succeed, it is critical to appoint enough female leaders.”

9. "If you want your life to be simple, you shouldn't be a leader."

Jack Ma on business:

10. "My favorite movie is 'Forrest Gump.' He said nobody makes money catching whales, people make money catching shrimps. So we serve small business."

Jack Ma on taking risks:

14. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

15. “Once in your life, try something, work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.”

16. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.”

Jack Ma on success:

18. “The very important thing you should have is patience.”

19. "No matter what your current condition, how or where you grew up, or what education or training you feel you lack, you can be successful in your chosen endeavor. It is spirit, fortitude, and hardiness that matter more than where you start."

20. "Luck is very important. Of course, you can't wait for luck, because it won't come. While you start a journey, luck may eventually come to you."

22. “Reading can give you a good head start; this is often what your peers cannot obtain. Compared to others, readers are more likely to know other industries' strategies and tactics.”

23. “I think everybody can be successful if you really try hard.”

24. “When everybody else believe it you have no chance. When only few people believe it, you believe it, you prove it, that’s your chance.”

Jack Ma on people:

1. "A good boss is better than a good company."

36. “I hate to hire people who come as experts because there’s no experts of future, they’re always experts of yesterday.” “There are no best people. The best people are always in your company, you train them to become best.”

38. “I found that the more you care about your team, the team will care about you and the team will care about their customers.”

40. “Teachers always want their students to exceed them, so the responsible thing … for me and the company to do is to let younger, more talented people take over in leadership roles.”
 

     

 

Jack Ma success advice

Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve.

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When we see something is coming, we have to prepare now. My belief is that you have to repair the roof while it is still sunny.


 

 

 

Jack Ma success advice

If you want to grow, find a good opportunity... Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.

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Jack Ma success advice

I learned from the dark days at Alibaba that you've got to make your team have values, innovation, and vision.

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6. “Women balance the logic and the instinct. I would say this is the ‘secret sauce’ of the company.” “Men think about themselves more; women think about others more.”

7. “If you want your business to succeed, it is critical to appoint enough female leaders.”

9. "If you want your life to be simple, you shouldn't be a leader."

Jack Ma on business:

10. "My favorite movie is 'Forrest Gump.' He said nobody makes money catching whales, people make money catching shrimps. So we serve small business."

11. "As entrepreneurs, if you're not optimistic, you're in trouble. So the people I choose, they have to be optimistic."

13. "If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve."

Jack Ma on taking risks:

14. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

15. “Once in your life, try something, work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.”

16. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.”

Jack Ma on success:

18. “The very important thing you should have is patience.”

19. "No matter what your current condition, how or where you grew up, or what education or training you feel you lack, you can be successful in your chosen endeavor. It is spirit, fortitude, and hardiness that matter more than where you start."

20. "Luck is very important. Of course, you can't wait for luck, because it won't come. While you start a journey, luck may eventually come to you."

22. “Reading can give you a good head start; this is often what your peers cannot obtain. Compared to others, readers are more likely to know other industries' strategies and tactics.”

23. “I think everybody can be successful if you really try hard.”

24. “When everybody else believe it you have no chance. When only few people believe it, you believe it, you prove it, that’s your chance.”

Jack Ma on people:

1. "A good boss is better than a good company."

36. “I hate to hire people who come as experts because there’s no experts of future, they’re always experts of yesterday.” “There are no best people. The best people are always in your company, you train them to become best.”

37. “As entrepreneurs, if you’re not optimistic, you’re in trouble.” “So the people I choose, they have to be optimistic.”

38. “I found that the more you care about your team, the team will care about you and the team will care about their customers.”

40. “Teachers always want their students to exceed them, so the responsible thing … for me and the company to do is to let younger, more talented people take over in leadership roles.”
 

     
 

 


5. “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.”

6. “Women balance the logic and the instinct. I would say this is the ‘secret sauce’ of the company.” “Men think about themselves more; women think about others more.”

7. “If you want your business to succeed, it is critical to appoint enough female leaders.”

9. "If you want your life to be simple, you shouldn't be a leader."

Jack Ma on business:

10. "My favorite movie is 'Forrest Gump.' He said nobody makes money catching whales, people make money catching shrimps. So we serve small business."
13. "If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve."

Jack Ma on taking risks:

14. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

15. “Once in your life, try something, work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.”

16. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.”

Jack Ma on success:

18. “The very important thing you should have is patience.”

19. "No matter what your current condition, how or where you grew up, or what education or training you feel you lack, you can be successful in your chosen endeavor. It is spirit, fortitude, and hardiness that matter more than where you start."

20. "Luck is very important. Of course, you can't wait for luck, because it won't come. While you start a journey, luck may eventually come to you."

22. “Reading can give you a good head start; this is often what your peers cannot obtain. Compared to others, readers are more likely to know other industries' strategies and tactics.”

23. “I think everybody can be successful if you really try hard.”

24. “When everybody else believe it you have no chance. When only few people believe it, you believe it, you prove it, that’s your chance.”

Jack Ma on people:

1. "A good boss is better than a good company."

36. “I hate to hire people who come as experts because there’s no experts of future, they’re always experts of yesterday.” “There are no best people. The best people are always in your company, you train them to become best.”

38. “I found that the more you care about your team, the team will care about you and the team will care about their customers.”

I talk to all of my people, early days: ‘Don’t make me happy, don’t love me. Make your customer happy, make your customer love you, and I will love you any minute.
 

I'm not a tech guy. I'm looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people's eyes.


40. “Teachers always want their students to exceed them, so the responsible thing … for me and the company to do is to let younger, more talented people take over in leadership roles.”
 

 

 

   

Through Failures To Success

 

 

 

Jack Ma success advice

In my life, it’s not how much we’ve achieved, it’s how much we’ve gone through the tough days.

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I failed so many times, people probably know that I applied for so many jobs, over 30 jobs, all rejected, not even got a chance: 24 of us interviewed for a KFC job, 23 got accepted, I was the only guy rejected.

 

 

 

 

I call Alibaba ‘1,001 mistakes.’


It doesn't matter if I failed. At least I passed the concept on to others. Even if I don't succeed, someone will succeed.


If you want to be successful, learn from the other people’s mistakes, don’t learn from the successful stories.

 

 

 

Noble Failure vs. Stupid Failure

Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success

Turn Failures To Opportunities

 

No matter how smart you are, you will encounter mistakes.


You have to get used to failure... If you cannot get used to failure – just like a boxer – if you can’t get used to being hit, how can you win?

 

 

Jack Ma success advice

A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure.

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As a young boy – even today – I never thought I would be here.... When I look back, every problem I met when I was a kid benefited me.


I remember year 2001, we went to raise some $5 million from venture capitalists in the USA and got rejected... I said, "We'll come back raising a little bit more."

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Jack Ma success advice

The most important thing is to keep doing what you are doing right now with passion, to keep it up.

Jack Ma

 

 

If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.


You have got to keep trying, and if it doesn’t work, you always can revert back to what you were doing before.


The lessons I learned from the dark days at Alibaba are that you've got to make your team have values, innovation, and vision.

 

 

Jack Ma success advice

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

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