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Jack Ma asks himself three questionsto keep the vision alive:

Oct 23, 2018

Speaking at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund
and the World Bank, Ma shared how he remains focused in his pursuit
of success.

"Whether young people, old people, ask three questions," the
billionaire told a packed conference hall in Bali, Indonesia.

"I keep asking myself these three questions," he said. "What do you
have? What do you want? What will you give up?"

Many people usually fail to ask themselves what they are willing to
give up because they tend to think they don't have much to start
with, Ma said.

But it's inevitable that sacrifices must be made in the long run,
said the teacher and entrepreneur. And recognizing that helps people
to commit to their ambitions over the long term, which is often
what's needed to produce results, he said.

"Don't think you will succeed next year, you have to prepare for 10
years," he said, pointing out that Alibaba didn't take just a year
or two to get to where it is today.

Ma said his founding team didn't have much money, knowledge nor
industry contacts when they set up the company. But they have proven
that they could succeed "by working hard, believe in the future,
believe in the vision day after day to improve ourselves."

To keep those beliefs alive, one has to ask those three questions
frequently, Ma said.

"Always think about these questions and then you'll be fearless,
you'll be optimistic, you will know what you want," he said. "When
you're going on that, you'll never get lost."


Re: Jack Ma: Three Questions
On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:57:52 AM UTC-4, Steve Wilson wrote:
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Sounds like a recipe for a lot of anxiety over nothing.

Re: Jack Ma: Three Questions
On 10/23/2018 04:57 AM, Steve Wilson wrote:
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The founders of most successful companies that started out small say  
platitudes of this type. Work hard, believe in yourself, bluh bluh bluh.

It's all very non-specific stuff aimed at creating a certain mythos  
around the founder IMO, a "foundation mythology."

The reality is probably more pedestrian and also significantly  
underestimates the role that just good fortune and dumb luck played. I'm  
always a bit skeptical of folks who are so eager to tell you all about  
"how I did it!" I don't think they're usually as good at self-analyzing  
their own success as they think they are judging by the kind of lines  
they usually use.

There are rare types who do have concrete advice but most business  
advice that doesn't involve quantitative steps, dollar signs and math is  
not too helpful

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Re: Jack Ma: Three Questions
On 10/23/2018 04:57 AM, Steve Wilson wrote:
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A thing that helps a lot is learning to swallow your ego and pride it's  
often what you have to do if you want to become successful in many  
endeavors in life. You're going to hear "No" quite a bit if you're doing  
much of anything in life, get used to it.

Remember the man who e.g. sleeps with the most women who isn't coasting  
on rock-star fame is probably also the man who's been rejected by the  
most women as well. If he's slept with 50 women it probably means he's  
heard "No" five thousand times but didn't let it get to him.

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