The recently crowned richest man in China claims: “If you’re 35 years old and still poor, it’s your fault. Co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma is known as a very humble person. So when a man such as he is makes such a direct statement as, there has to be some truth behind the story. I’m well aware that not everyone gets the opportunity to achieve great, but this statement goes out to everyone living under minimum circumstances and above. If you want to avoid failure, according to Jack Ma, avoid these four actions.
1. Being Myopic To Opportunity
All that glitters is not gold and all that doesn’t glitter isn’t worthless. Stop being myopic to opportunities you don’t know anything about. Even if you can’t see a project’s necessity, give it a try. Maybe other will see what you’re missing.
2. Looking Down On Opportunities
Take a look at Snapchat and answer this easy question. If someone would have tried to hire you for an app, which enables its users to take selfies / record videos with a maximum length of 10 seconds and send them to other users, who are only capable of viewing the content once, would you have bought the idea? Knowing Snapchat’s current value might make you think positive. But most people didn’t buy the idea back then. Never look down on opportunities!
3. Lack Of Understanding
Observing and understanding are not the same thing. Many people observe the same situations but have completely different ways of understanding. Becoming a successful entrepreneur means that one has to understand the fact that poor people are the worst to serve. That’s right, they are the worst, says Jack Ma. He goes on saying, “Give them free, they think it’s a trap. Tell them it’s a small investment, they’ll say can’t earn much. Tell them to come in big, they’ll say no money. Tell them try new things, they’ll say no experience. Tell them it’s traditional business, they’ll say hard to do. Tell them it’s a new business model, they’ll say it’s MLM. Tell them to run a shop, they’ll say no freedom. Tell them to run new business, they’ll say no expertise. They do have somethings in common: They love to ask google, listen to friends who are as hopeless as them, they think more than a university professor and do less than a blind man. Just ask them, what can they do. They won’t be able to answer you. My conclusion: Instead of just letting your heart beat faster, why don’t you just take action a bit faster; instead of just thinking about it, why not do something about it. Poor people fail because of one common behavior: Their whole life is about waiting.
4. Failing To Act Fast Enough
If you were given an opportunity to gross tremendous income, however without a 100% guarantee that you’ll get the position, would you take the risk of giving up your current job? What if you had to make a fast decision without enough information? Situations like this really occur! This might sound strange, but you’ll have to learn to expect the unexpected, in the business world. Entrepreneur Jack Ma continues with a few “rough” statements, which I believe, need to be heard. Because to be honest, life isn’t meant to be sweet. If you’re a failure, life isn’t only hard for you, but also for your entire family.
• When you are defeated by your competitors, no one will pity you.
• When your parents have no money to pay medical bills, no one will pity you.
• When your family deems you worthless, nobody will pity you.
• When your loved ones abandon you, no one will pity you.
• When you haven’t accomplished anything by the time you are 35, no one will pity you.