Jack Ma quotes share a host of ideas about business and his outlook on life. He talks about the founding if Alibaba and what it took to get there. He also shares a few moments about his life as a young man, some even dramatic. Alibaba is now the biggest challenger to Jeff Bezos Amazon.
Jack Ma also called Ma Yun, is a Chinese business magnate, philanthropist, politician and investor who became very successful in eCommerce. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, which runs an extensive technological business. He has joined Bill Gates in the fight to stop the coronavirus from spreading. He is also China’s richest man. Below are a number of quotes from him.
“No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you (from any weak thoughts).”
“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world."
“I try to make myself happy because I know that if I’m not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy."
“Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.”
“I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.”
"Never ever do business with the government. Be in love with them, never marry them."
“My job is to help more people have jobs."
“When we have money, we start making mistakes."
“We should never finish a 20 year program in two years."
“If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?"
“I’m a normal guy."
“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.”
“Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy the lives."
“Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are."
“When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength."
“Today, making money is very simple. But making sustainable money while being responsible to the society and improving the world is very difficult."
“I don’t care about revenues."
“You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society."
“If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them."
"A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t."
“A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated."
"I don’t want people (in China) to have deep pockets but shallow minds."
“I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected."
"You never know how much can you do in your life."
“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die."
“It doesn’t matter if I failed. At least I passed the concept on to others. Even if I don’t succeed, someone will succeed."
“You’ve to make consumers smart. An e-commerce portal doesn’t sell a product at cheaper rates, instead an offline shop sells it at a costlier prices."
“I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger."
"We’re never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams."
“The very important thing you should have is patience."
“Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation."
“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."
“If the customer loves you, the government will have to love you."
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine."
“It’s very difficult to know the outside world, but you know yourself. You know your need and what you want. If I know myself better, I can change myself to meet the outside world."
“You need the right people with you, not the best people."
“You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision."
“We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow."
“I want to change history, do something important in my life, and influence individuals like we have with millions of small businesses on Alibaba. Then they love and respect you because you made their life important."
“Nobody wanted to believe Jack Ma."
“If we work so hard and put all the money in the hospital to buy medicine - it will be a disaster. Why we should work? So without a healthy environment of this Earth, no matter how much money you make, no matter how wonderful you are, you have a bad disaster."
“I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets."
“I absolutely don't have $20 billion. But I'd love to, right?"
Jack Ma’s quotes offer great perspective into what it takes to succeed in business. In 2019 there was a debate in Shanghai between Jack Ma and Elon Musk over artificial intelligence. I hope anyone who has a vision and a goal will find these quotes a boost and of great value to their own success.