“I am a very simple guy, I am not smart. Everyone thinks that Jack Ma is a very smart guy. I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains”- Jack Ma
Alibaba, the famous name from Arabian tales. Currently, the name is also famous as its the brand name of the biggest online e-commerce web portal. How did it become the largest in the world? Its the founder himself, who went from a regular person to a hero with his own views, dedication, will power and effort.
To become a successful entrepreneur, you need to do something revolutionary, something that can help the people of the society/country. Jack launched the e-commerce web portal Alibaba.com back in 1995. When he started the business people called him crazy jack and now Jack’s portal worths $200 Billion. He wasn’t a brilliant student nor a genius. You read what he said about himself. Then how did he do it? Lets find out!
Jack always thought about the future. He was always one step ahead of his competitors. He took risk and anticipated many outcomes. As soon as Jack was introduced to internet, he discovered there was not much business in China on the Internet. He immediately planned to use this internet for the business people of China a country of billion people.
Jack emphasized more on attitude and passion over theoretical skills. He admits that it was his biggest mistake to go for skilled people and not passionate ones. Jack exclaimed,
Hire the person best suited to the job, not the most talented. This can be a very painful lesson. There’s no point putting in a Boeing jet engine when you need to run a tractor.
Jack realized the truth that you cannot convince everyone in the business. So accepting this fact and moving forward is the key. Hence he didn’t restrict his employees and partners to one vision rather than he united them all under one goal.
On hiring, Jack believed that you should always hire an employee who has superior skills than you. Well, isn’t it the whole point of hiring? If you can perform a task then why would you hire a person to do that? Rather you should hire the person who can perform the task even better. Hiring someone who will carry out your vision is the way to go.
Jack always stayed on his vision. He never quit or gave up. Love what you do and work hard towards one’s goal was Jack’s business philosophy. According to him, you only fail when you give up. He said,
“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. And, when you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”
Jack loves to enjoy life. Working though out your life will make you regrate it. Don’t make you goal limited to earning money. Rather spread it to help people and this will lead you to enjoy life as well as way to earn enough.
Finally, Jack never took his competitor as enemies. According to him, they are just people to learn from and get new challenges.
Often Jack’s opinion didn’t go hand to hand even with the View of China where its stated that student must strive to be the best and set aside virtually everything else. On the other hand Jack told his son,
“You don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, as long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person has enough time to learn other skills.”
Jack had different views. Most of them are of his own. Its like he created the views according to the situations. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Cope yourself with the situation and you can go forward, don’t let traditional view limit your vision. Jack Ma always had the vision to help people and his country and worked towards that. That the motivation, took him to this height.