Jack Ma and the { 40 } Tips

What a remarkable journey Mr Ma …

Illustration: Henry Wong

Failed his college entrance exam twice before succeeding on his third attempt. After schooling, received more than a dozen job rejections including KFC! to finally land on an English teaching job, earning him a mere $12 a month. Few years down the line, his entrepreneurial path has led him to two venture failures with the third attempt finally settling him in with –> Ali Baba {the rest is news!}

Here are 30 tips of success by Jack, the tips in Chinese are translated into English by Carl Pei.

  1. List three of the most important things every day.
  2. Arrive at least ten minutes earlier than others to the office.
  3. Think before speaking – a few seconds would be enough.
  4. Before throwing a tantrum count to 30.
  5. Whenever in doubt, pick the hardest thing to do.
  6. Everything you do should have a deadline.
  7. Always sit in the front row.
  8. Always observe people who are walking in front of you.
  9. Leave the office at least ten minutes later than others.
  10. Remember the names of everyone around you.
  11. Do everything with enthusiasm, even sweeping the floor should be done enthusiastically.
  12. Always praise others behind their backs.
  13. Pay attention of everyone around you.
  14. Let others finish speaking before you open your mouth.
  15. Always give others a little more than they expect.
  16. Always praise people before starting the criticism.
  17. A pen and a paper should be always with you.
  18. Within five minutes of waking up write down your dream.
  19. Write a list your ten weaknesses, and correct each one.
  20. When it comes to important decisions, sleep on it.
  21. Ask yourself questions five minutes before sleeping.
  22. Keep smiling every day.
  23. Never bring work home.
  24. Eat breakfast with your family.
  25. Meet new friends through old friends.
  26. Spend half an hour a day reading books.
  27. Have only one main goal. You should have four short term goals to achieve the main goal.
  28. Making money shouldn’t be your main goal in life.
  29. Read your goals aloud ten times a day.
  30. Take immediate action!

…10 more to make it 40 😉

Jack Ma quotes:

Don’t even trust that you are able to unify what everyone is thinking; it is impossible.

30% of all people will never believe you. Do not allow your colleagues and employees to work for you. Instead, let them work for a common goal.

It is a lot easier to unite the company under a common goal rather than uniting the company around a particular person.

A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.

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

A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure.

What is failure: Giving up is the greatest failure.

What is resilience: Once you have been through hardships, grievances and disappointments, only then will you understand what is resilience.

What your duties are: To be more diligent, hardworking, and ambitious than others.

Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain, and a wise man uses his heart.


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