Birthday Boy Jack Ma Once Applied For 30 Jobs, Was Rejected By All
The Learning Curve
Born Ma Yun, the 54-year-old was a teacher before he set up Alibaba. And having announced his decision to hang up his boots, he plans to go back to his original love - education, this time accompanied by philanthropy.
But rewinding to the beginning; even his teaching job didn't come easy. At the time of starting out, Ma applied for over 30 jobs and was rejected from all of them. He was the only person from a group of 24 candidates who interviewed for a KFC job to not get through. And once he applied for a police job with five other people, and again he was the only one left out.
At a recent forum, while talking about his struggle he said that he would constantly remind himself, "I know this is a training course for me."
On the business tycoon's 54th birthday, here's what everyone who wants to make it big can learn from his rags-to-riches story.
Jack Ma has always pressed on the importance of the people you work with. He once also said, "We're never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams."
The Age Bar
Talking about the different stages in life, he said, "When you are 20 to 30 years old, you should follow a good boss and join a good company to learn how to do things properly."
"When you are 30 to 40 years old, if you want to do something yourself, just do it. You still can afford to lose, to fail."
The next decade is for doing 'things you're good at'.
And he clearly follows his own advice.
"When you are 50 to 60 years old, spend time training and developing young people, the next generation."
Just what Ma's next chapter in life is all about.
Keep At It
If there's one thing Jack Ma's life has taught us, it is never to give up. Having lived the life fit for a blockbuster film, the philanthropist has often said, "If you want to be successful, learn from the other people's mistakes, don't learn from the successful stories."
Having followed a path of perseverance - from learning English as a 12-year-old tourist guide, to a teacher making $12 a month, to getting rejected from Harvard 10 times - and yet making it big, Jack Ma does know the secret ingredient to success.
"Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine."
The Pursuit Of Happiness
In a world defined by hustle - that often gives you no time to breathe, let alone be happy. This is one important lesson from Jack Ma.
Innovate And Create
Plagiarism disguised as inspiration may have become the order of the day, but if you want to go far, Jack Ma advises never to compete on prices 'instead compete on services and innovation'.