Jack Ma’s story is one of rags-to-riches. He was an English teacher before he founded Alibaba, one of the world’s largest e-commerce sites.
After stepping down as chairman of the Alibaba Group, he focused on education and philanthropy.
Many leaders and entrepreneurs look up to Jack Ma for inspiration. Who wouldn’t?
Let’s learn from Jack Ma.
“I do everything to make sure my customer is happy, my employee is happy, society is healthy. I would focus on customers, I would focus on not making money, I would focus on making values.”
“Instead of learning from other people’s success, learn from their mistakes. Most of the people who fail share common reasons (to fail), whereas success can be attributed to various different kinds of reasons.”
“As entrepreneurs, if you’re not optimistic, you’re in trouble. So the people I choose, they have to be optimistic.”
“Leadership is your instinct, then it’s your training. Leaders are always positive, they never complain.”
“A leader should incentivise, but not with money. You give trust, respect, appreciation, and correct, heartfelt advice.”
“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.”
“Players should never fight. A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understands this, the sky’s the limit.”