Who doesn’t know Jack Ma? Also known as Ma Yun, he is a Chinese business magnate and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses.
He is the richest man in China, the founder of Alibaba Group. Alibaba’s staggering initial public offering of $25 billion shattered all records and became the largest IPO ever. It makes it worth $231 billion, more than Amazon and eBay combined. How much is Jack Ma worth? Nobody really knows, he still have a few companies not listed on the stock exchange, such as Alipay.
Unlike other tech founders, Jack Ma has no background knowledge in computers. This goes to show that anyone with good enough passion can be successful provided that they have the courage to pursue their dreams. Even when the odds are against them, remember that China back then was backwards and just opened up to the world when he founded Alibaba. Without further ado, here are 30 inspiring quotes by Jack Ma on success, business and failure.
Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.
I don’t care about revenues.
I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.
The very important thing you should have is patience.
You should learn from your competitor but never copy. Copy and you die.
We are never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, who can die for those dreams.
Once in your life, try something. Work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.
If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.
A leader should be visionary and have more foresight than an employee.
Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.
If you don’t do it, nothing’s possible.
When people think too highly of you, you have the responsibility to calm down and be yourself.
If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.
Adopt and change before any major trends or changes.
Try to find the right people, not the best people.
If you want to win in the 21st century, yo have to empower others, making sure other people are better than you are. Then you will be successful.
Today is cruel. Tomorrow is crueler and the day after tomorrow is beautiful.
The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.
On the path to success, you will notice that the successful ones are not whiners, nor do they complain often.
30% of all people will never believe you. Do not allow your colleagues and employees to work for you. Instead, let them work for a common goal.
A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understands this, the sky’s the limit.
If you view everyone as your enemies then everyone around you will be enemies.
If you have different mindset, you will have a different outcome.
Don’t hire the most qualified, hire the craziest.
No matter what one does, regardless of failure
Success and profitability are outcome of focusing on customers and employees, not objectives.
Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities.
Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain, and a wise man uses his heart.
Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.
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