He started his business with $20,000 that his wife and his friend helped him raise.
He’s the first mainline China entrepreneur to be featured in the cover of Forbes magazine.
He’s the richest man in China, and the 18th richest man in the world, with an estimated fortune of $29.7 billion dollars.
He’s Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.com, and here are his 10 rules for success.
Get used to rejection
Jack Ma applied for study at Harvard and was rejected 10 times. He also applied for 30 different jobs but was rejected each time. He applied for a job at KFC, and out of 24 applicants, he was the only one who was not accepted. He applied to be a police together with 4 other people, and again he was the only one who was not accepted.
Keep your dream alive
Having a dream is much important and keep it alive. Despite humiliating rejections and failures, Jack Ma continued to chase his dream. As he said, ” Get inspired and never give up. After all, what good is a man without a dream?”
Focus on culture
Jack Ma is not against technology. In fact, his business relies heavily on technology. However, for him, it would be better if you focus on the culture. Be of service and help people. This keeps the employees motivated and the business a success.
Ignore The #littleman
The “Littleman” is usually referred to as your critics or simply those who do not understand your idea. Jack Ma was called crazy many times because of his idea of Alibaba. Now this is easier to read than to apply in life, but you have to stay strong. It seems fair to say that the “Littleman” cannot do any danger, for it can only be understood by another “Littleman.” It only becomes a real threat when the “Littleman” inside you yields to its temptations to give up.
Inspiration is important in pursuing a dream. You need to keep it’s alive and strong. Inspiration leads to passion and passion often leads to stars.
In taking a step towards your dream, there are many things that can come and distract you. Some distractions even come in the form of opportunities. Jack Ma said that many other opportunities came to him. However, he knew what he really wanted and did not let anything to come between him and his dream.
Have a Good Name
Yahoo was the biggest player when Jack Ma was still building his empire, Alibaba. He made Alibaba a global name. Of course, having a good name does not just mean being known worldwide, but also to have a good reputation. And to do so, you must render service with dignity and honesty.
Customers are #1
Jack Ma focuses on his customers. He wants to serve and help them. To him, customers are always number one. Of course, the employees are also given special attention. Jack Ma loves his employees and trains them to become leaders. The shareholders are the last on the list, because shareholders are mainly there for profit.
Don’t Complain, look for opportunities
The pursuit of something valuable is never said to be easy. Problems are inevitable. Do not complain and continue to look for opportunities. Continue to get inspired and keep on moving forward no matter what people say or think.
Success does not come easily. It demands hard work, passion and devotion. After all, if a man should dream, why not dream for something big and meaningful? Get inspired; never give up. And above all, have faith.