Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba

Humble beginnings and hardwork: Lessons from Jack Ma

“In life, it’s not how much we achieved, it’s how much we’ve gone through the tough days and mistakes. If you want to be successful, learn from the other people’s mistakes, don’t learn from the successful stories.”

– Jack Ma

I recall Akinduro Rotimi shared a post about Jack Ma’s retirement from running Alibaba. Ma is someone I have always respected as I see him as an Ibo trader in Main Marke, Onitsa. His shrewdness is akin to that of an Alaba trader. This is the ONE entrepreneur at world stage that the average Nigerian semi-literate, non-tech skills founder can relate with at the world stage.

His life in itself is enough for a PHD thesis. Albeit, in my opinion the narrative as is often associated with success stories fails to underscore a major point hence: “For every Jack Ma who started off as a peasant in life, there are millions of folks who are actually peasants and have not risen out of it and may not rise out!”

In the opening quote here, Jack Ma gives his opinion to fix this.

It is fascinating to read founder fairy tale stories and then forget that it takes a lot of hard work to actually get things done over a long, sustained period of time. It is no news that success is not overnight. The only news today here is this that I will close with as word for the week:

“Look back over the last 100 days, what have you been consistent with?”

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