If you set out to make a list of one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the current generation and list it based on humble background, struggle, hard work and ultimate growth, then your list will have Jack Ma’s name on the top.
The epitome of the entrepreneurship spirit, Jack Ma has truly lived an inspiring life. What makes him different from the others is the fact that his background doesn’t boast of exceptional achievement in his young years. He did not get into Harvard, in fact he did not even get a job in KFC.
A simple man that common people like us could connect with scaled the heights of the business world and has reached the echelons that millions of people can only dream of. A life that has been focused on growing, he has persevered. What makes Jack Ma even more special is his advice that he keeps giving out. These gems of knowledge that comes from an experienced soul. You will want to pay attention to this one.
In an Interview Jack Ma was asked a question. How should a 25 year old live his life to achieve success? He went on a monologue and our post is dedicated to that talk.
“When you are 25 years old, any mistake is revenue for you. “
Jack meant that, when you are young you should aim to make as many mistakes as possible because all this is part of your learning bank. The more mistakes you make, the more you know what not to do and what to avoid. A life that is lived without making mistakes is not a life where a person has learnt.
“Before 30 years old follow somebody
Jack says before you are 30 years old you should work for a smaller company where you can follow a founder and learn from them. He says in a bigger company you understand processes, but in a smaller company you learn passion and the power of dreams. This experience will teach you how to be as a founder and handle different aspects of business.
“30 to 40 years old – Think that if you truly want to become an entrepreneur”
After having gained all experiences, this is when you decide whether you want to become an entrepreneur or not. If you are ready then you put in all your learning’s to grow.
“When you are 40 to 50 years old, you need to do what you are good at”
In this decade it’s too late to be discovering yourself and you should focus on what you are good at and this way you can help the world with your knowledge.
“When you are 50 to 60 years old, work on the young people – Rely on them, Invest in them”
When you are above 50, the young people are better at doing things compared to you and you must trust them to execute. The best way to help them is guide them, mentor them and invest in their ideas. They are the future and they are the ones who will take humanity forward
We’ll cover the rest of the article with Jack Ma’s thoughts on business and life.
- Don’t make people follow you, make them follow a common goal.
Jack said the best way to get people to get together is to get them to believe in a common goal. People might not trust you or follow you, but if they see the benefits of the goal, then they will follow that.
- An Employee and a Leader are different
According to Jack, an employee is the one with the skillsets. They are great programmers or designers and they need to better than the leader. But, the leader is the captain of the ship who know where the ship is headed and takes all the tough decisions. A leader can accept pressure on behalf of his team and let’s them work in peace.
- On life
Jack said we are here to enjoy life and live a fulfilling life. If the only thing you are doing is working, then you are not living life. Maximize your life by enriching it with multiple experiences.
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