Jack Ma Quotes About Life, Money & Leadership

Jack Ma born (September 10, 1964 Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China) also known as Ma Yun is a Chinese entrepreneur and executive chairman of Alibaba Group. In 2017, Fortune magazine ranked him 2nd in ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list. He is among the richest person in Asia and has a net worth of US$46.9 billion as of Oct, 2017. For at least 9 years, Jack Ma used to give city tour to foreigners to converse and learn English from them. Jack Ma has faced many failures like any other successful business magnate. He applied for 30 different jobs but no luck. 24 people had applied for KFC job out of which 23 got selected he was the only one rejected. Jack Ma was introduced to internet in 1994 which made him very curious and foresee the potential it can create. He started creating websites for companies and in 1999 he founded Alibaba, in his apartment with a group of 18 friends. Today Alibaba group holds nine major subsidiaries: Alibaba.com, Taobao Marketplace, Tmall, eTao, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Juhuasuan, AliExpress.com, Alipay and 1688.com. I hope these Jack Ma quotes gives you motivation to find your passion.

Motivational Jack Ma Quotes

  1. “Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.”
  2. “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.”   , Jack Ma quotes on technology
  3. “I believe when you have $1 million, that’s your money – when you have $20 million, you start to have a problem. When you have $1 billion, that’s not your money, that’s the trust society gave you. They believe you can manage the money better than the government and others.”
  4. “I find that when a person makes a mistake or fails, if he or she always complains or blames others, that person will never come back from the failure. But if the person checks inside, this person has hope.”
  5. “Today, people write about the successful stories of Alibaba. And I really don’t think we were so smart, we made so many mistakes and we were so stupid at times. So, someday, the book I personally really will want to write about is Alibaba’s 1001 mistakes. These are the things people should remember and people should learn.”
  6. “You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can unify everyone through a common goal.”
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  8. “Grow your mind, grow your culture, grow your values, grow your wisdom.”
  9. “I never thought the money I have belongs to me. It belongs to society.”
  10. “Never ever do business with the government. Be in love with them, never marry them.”  , Jack Ma quotes about business
  11. “My job is to help more people have jobs.”
  12. “When we have money, we start making mistakes.”
  13. “We should never finish a 20 year program in two years.”
  14.  “I’m a normal guy.”
  15.  “You should find someone who has complementary skills to start a company with. You shouldn’t necessarily look for someone successful. Find the right people, not the best people.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.”
  18. “Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy the lives.”  , Jack Ma quotes about life
  19.  “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.”
  20. “You never know how much can you do in your life.”  , Jack Ma quotes on life
  21. “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.”
  22. “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.”
  23. “They called me crazy Jack. I think crazy is good. we’re crazy but we’re not stupid.”
  24. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity and be able to endure what the employees can’t.”
  25. “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.”
  26. “The business schools teach a lot of skills about how to make money and how to run a business. But I want to tell people that if you want to run a business, you have to run the value first, to serve the others, to help the others – that’s the key.”
  27. “If you view everyone as your enemies, everyone around you will be your enemies.”
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  29. “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.”
  30. “I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger.”
  31. “We’re never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams.”
  32.  “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.”
  33. “Instead of learning from other people’s success, learn from their mistakes. Most of the people who fail share common reasons(to fail) whereas success can be attributed to various different kinds of reasons.”
  34. “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.”
  35. “If the customer loves you, the government will have to love you.”
  36. “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”  , Jack Ma quotes today is hard
  37. “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.”
  38.  “The quality of a good leader therefore is his vision, tenacity, and his capability.”
  39. “Once in your life, try something, work hard at something. Try to change. Nothing bad can happen.”
  40. “You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision.”
  41. “We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.”
  42.  “Today is cruel. Tomorrow is crueler. And the day after tomorrow is beautiful.”  , Jack Ma quotes today is cruel
  43. “If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.”
  44. “A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.”
  45. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. And, when you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”
  46. “We will make it because we are young and we will never, never give up.”
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  48. “Hire the person best suited to the job, not the most talented. This can be a very painful lesson. There’s no point putting in a Boeing jet engine when you need to run a tractor.”
  49. “Never deceive others, in business or in life. In 1995, I was deceived by four companies — four companies that are now closed. A company cannot go far by deceit.”
  50. “I am a very simple guy, I am not smart. Everyone thinks that Jack Ma is a very smart guy. I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains.”
  51. “If we go to work at 8 a.m. and go home at 5 p.m., this is not a high-tech company and Alibaba will never be successful. If we have that kind of 8-to-5 spirit, then we should just go and do something else.”
  52.  “Alibaba is not just a job. It’s a dream. It’s a cause. Let the Wall Street investors curse us if they want.”
  53. “If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve.”
  54. “In carrying out e-commerce, the most important thing is to keep doing what you are doing right now with passion, to keep it up.”
  55. “I think in 10 years we’ll be bigger than Walmart.”  , Alibaba CEO Jack Ma quotes
  56. “The world will not remember what you say, but it will not forget what you have done.”
  57. “Stay hungry and follow your dreams.”
  58. “If you want to win in the 21st century, you have to empower others, making sure other people are better than you. Then you will be successful.”  , Jack Ma quotes on success
  59. “Forget about your competitors. Just focus on your customers.”
  60. “If you want to be a great company think about what social problem you can solve. It’s about solving the social problems.”
  61. “When KFC came to China, 24 people went for the job. Twenty-three people were accepted. I was the only guy who wasn’t.”
  62. “If we are a good team and known what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.”
  63. “No matter how successful you are in your career, you must always remember that we are here to live. If you keep yourself busy working, you will surely regret it.”
  64. “A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understands this, then sky’s the limit.”  , Jack Ma quotes business
  65. “I don’t care about revenues. “
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  67. “You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society.”
  68. “Put the customers first, the employees second, and the shareholders third.”  , Alibaba founder Jack Ma quotes
  69. “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”
  70. “Today, making money is very simple. But making sustainable money while being responsible to the society and improving the world is very difficult.”
  71. “I don’t want people (in China) to have deep pockets but shallow minds.”
  72. “If Alibaba doesn’t get bigger and more successful than Walmart or Microsoft, I will regret it for the rest of my life. Our predecessors invested in us, it is therefore our (this generation’s) responsibilities to do better than them.”
  73. “Before you’re 30, work for a small company, learn passion, learn to dream.”

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  74. “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.”
  75. “I try to make myself happy, no, 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.”
  76. “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).”
  77. “A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.”
  78. “A leader should never compare his technical skills with his employee’s.”
  79. “I am going to enjoy some other things apart from business.”
  80. “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.”
  81. “Nobody wanted to believe Jack ma.”
  82. “When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.”
  83. “Everybody should have a dream.”
  84. “The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.”
  85. “Always keep in mind these three principles: what you want to do, what you should do, and for how long you should do it.”
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  87. “I hope 15 years later people forget about ecommerce because they think it’s like electricity.”
  88. “Reform when you are in best shape and before the downturn sets in. It will be too late to fix the roof once it starts raining. Borrow an umbrella while the sun is still shinning.”
  89. “First love is the sweetest, so is your first try at launching your own business.”
  90. “If there are nice rabbits on the ground and if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”
  91. “My investment philosophy is: do not lose money.”  , Jack Ma quotes about money
  92. “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.”

Facts about Jack Ma:-

  • He started his career as a English teacher
  • His initial pay was 12-15 USD per month as a teacher
  • Alibaba name was chosen because it was easy spell
  • He was first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to feature on cover of Forbes
  • Jack Ma was once kidnapped and locked in one of the American’s business man house in Malibu, California where he went to collect a debt for a friend
  • Zhang Ying (Jack Ma’s Wife) has been with him from the start of his very first website development company in 1995
  • Jack Ma loves dogs and owns alsatian named Apollo
  • Until the age of 31, Jack Ma hadn’t seen the computer before till his trip to Seattle on interpreting business

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