13 Quotes from Alibaba Founder Jack Ma about Success

Jack Ma and Charlie Rose Gateway '17 Fireside Chat

Chinese business magnate Jack Ma is probably most famous for being the founder of Alibaba, a conglomerate of Internet-based businesses. Today, Ma’s prolific e-commerce company attracts over 100 million shoppers a day – a stark contrast to his earlier days when the company struggled to profit for years or even find one single item listing on the website.

Fast forward to 2017, and the 53-year-old currently tops the list of richest people in Asia and is the 14th richest in the world with a net worth in excess of US$41.8 billion. Earlier this month, Alibaba shares hit a record high, skyrocketing almost 30 percent in a single year as earnings exceed expectations. Of course, the magnate’s path to success was not without numerous road blocks. While Ma is currently riding the wave of his immense success, the businessman also suffered incredibly low points from countless rejections to initial years without profit. But what is Jack Ma’s formula for success? Perhaps these quotes from the Alibaba founder will give us some insight…

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NEVER STOP TRYING

“If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

BE PATIENT

“We should never finish a 20 year program in two years.”

ON BEING A LEADER

 “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.”

REMAIN ORIGINAL

“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.”

INVEST IN THE YOUNG

“Help young people. Help the 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.”

ON TENACITY

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”

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LIVE IN THE FUTURE

“We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.”

BE LIMITLESS

“You never know how much can you do in your life.”

BETTER RESPECTED

“I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.”

CRAZY BUT NOT STUPID

“I think crazy is good. We’re crazy, but we’re not stupid.”

START FROM WITHIN

“If we want to change the world, we change ourselves.”

THANK THE INTERNET

“Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.”

ENJOY YOUR LIFE

“We are born not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it.”

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