“Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house to talk about a business opportunity. After arguing for a total of two hours, they were still confused. I have to say that I have never had something so clear in my life»
The verdict: 23 of the 24 people in the room told me to drop the idea, for a multitude of reasons, such as: ‘You don’t know anything about the Internet, and more prominently, you don’t have the capital to see the project through’ .
Only one friend (who was working in a bank at the time) told me: “If you want to do it, you should try it. If things don’t go your way, you can always go back to what you were doing before.
I thought about this all night, and the next morning, I decided I was going to do it anyway, even if all 24 people had opposed the idea.
The story of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba:
When I started Alibaba, I immediately encountered strong opposition from family and friends. Looking back, I realized that my biggest motivation, back then, was not my belief in the possibility of making money online and the potential it had, but the following:
“No matter what you do, regardless of success or failure, experience is a form of success in itself. You have to keep trying, and if it doesn’t work, you can always go back to what you were doing before.”
Why do people lose in life? According to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, this is due to four reasons:
- Being myopic made opportunities
- Not recognizing opportunities
- Lack of comprehension
- Failure to act quickly enough.
How can this be summed up in one sentence?
You are poor, because you have no ambition.
Ambition is to live a life of great ideals, a magnificent goal in life that must be realized.
In this world, there are things that are considered impossible, but there is nothing in this world that cannot be done. The depth of your ambition determines the potential of your future.
You are poor, because you have no ambition: Jack Ma
The story of Juliet Wu Shihong
Juliet Wu Shihong is one of the first generation professional administrators in China.
Her story is an example of how to be successful, since she built her path working as a cleaner, a nurse and a marketing executive, managing to get ahead through self-education and learning on the job.
She was General Manager of China branches of two of the world’s largest technology companies (Microsoft 1985-1998; IBM 1998-1999).
Juliet Wu Shihong she was seen as a symbol of the new generation of business executives that China has produced thanks to its economic reform and opening up.
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When she started working from the lower ranks, her day job was pouring and sweeping tea plants. Once, she forgot her personal pass to enter the plant, the company guard stopped her at the gate and denied her entry.
She explained to the guard that she had simply left the plant to get some office supplies, and despite her pleas, the guard would not allow her to enter.
However, other people his age entered the plant without even showing the entrance pass. They wore fancy suits! She asked the guard, Why do you let them pass without showing the pass? To which the guard dismissed her coldly.
However, that was the turning point for Juliet Wu Shihong, that he felt great shame and his self-esteem trampled. She looked at herself and saw that her clothes were dirty; She looked back, and seeing the smart-looking people in her suits, she felt great pain at having been discriminated against.
From that moment on, she swore that she would never allow herself to be embarrassed like this once. She wanted to be famous. Since then, she uses every opportunity to learn how to be a millionaire.
Every day, she is the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. She made every second count learning from the experience.
His efforts soon bore fruit; She was appointed a sales representative, and she quickly progressed to being the regional general manager for this multinational in China.
Wu did not possess strong academic qualifications, and was revered as the “Queen of Part-Time Workers”. Subsequently, she assumed the position of General Manager of IBM China.
If not for the incident, Wu Shihong would not have had the ambition to become rich, and her life would have taken a very different path.
So why are you poor?
– You are poor because you do not want to be successful.
– You are poor because you lack vision.
– You are poor because you cannot overcome your cowardice.
– You are poor because you lack courage and determination.
– With ambition you can overcome all inferiority and maximize your potential.
– With ambition you can persevere, continuously learn new things and achieve perfection.
– With ambition you can defy all odds, and create miracles when others do not believe in you. No matter how poor your family is, don’t question your own abilities and don’t lose your ambition.
– When your family considers you useless, no one will pity you.
– When your parents don’t have money to pay medical bills and you don’t know how to get out of debt, no one will pity you.
– When your competitors surpass you, no one will pity you.
– When your loved ones abandon you, nobody feels sorry for you.
– If you haven’t achieved anything by the time you’re 35, they’ll pity you.
So grow up or go home! Otherwise, you are wasting your youth.
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