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40 Motivating Jack Ma Quotes

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Jack Ma or Ma Yun is a Chinese Businessman and Philanthropist whom is the founder and executive chairman Alibaba Group.

As of 2014, he is the richest man in China and the 18th Richest person in the world with an estimated networth of $24.1 billion.

Take a look at some Powerful Jack Ma Quotes That Will Maximize Your Success:

40 Motivating Jack Ma Quotes:

1. “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).” – Jack Ma

2. “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.” – Jack Ma

3. “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.” – Jack Ma

4. “Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.” – Jack Ma

5. “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.” – Jack Ma

6. “Never ever do business with the government. Be in love with them, never marry them.” – Jack Ma

7. “My job is to help more people have jobs.” – Jack Ma

8. “When we have money, we start making mistakes.” – Jack Ma

9. “We should never finish a 20 year program in two years.” – Jack Ma

10. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?” – Jack Ma

11. “I’m a normal guy.” – Jack Ma

12. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma

13. “Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy the lives.” – Jack Ma

14. “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.” – Jack Ma

15. “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.” – Jack Ma

16th Jack Ma Quote – “Today, making money is very simple. But making sustainable money while being responsible to the society and improving the world is very difficult.” – Jack Ma

17. “I don’t care about revenues. – Jack Ma

18. “You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society.” – Jack Ma

19. “If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.” – Jack Ma

20. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” – Jack Ma

 

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21. “A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.” – Jack Ma

22. “I don’t want people (in China) to have deep pockets but shallow minds.” – Jack Ma

23. “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.” – Jack Ma

24. “You never know how much can you do in your life.” – Jack Ma

25. “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” – Jack Ma

26. “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.” – Jack Ma

27. “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.” – Jack Ma

28. “I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger.” – Jack Ma

29. “We’re never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams.” – Jack Ma

30. “The very important thing you should have is patience.” – Jack Ma

31. “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.” – Jack Ma

32nd Jack Ma Quote – “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.” – Jack Ma

33. “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.” – Jack Ma

34. “If the customer loves you, the government will have to love you.” – Jack Ma

35. “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma

36. “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.” – Jack Ma

37. “You need the right people with you, not the best people.” – Jack Ma

38. “You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision.” – Jack Ma

39. “We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.” – Jack Ma

40. “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.” – Jack Ma

 

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What’s your favorite Inspirational Jack Ma Quote? Share your favorite life quotes in the comment section below.

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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13 Comments

  1. rolando violeta

    Mar 11, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    if you don’t give up, you still have a chance. giving up is the greatest failure.

  2. Abilius Wamara

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    “If the customer loves you, the government will love you” Jack Ma

  3. Mark

    Nov 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    This guy is a legend.

  4. Vikram

    Apr 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    You never know how much can you do in your life :-jack maa

  5. Max Anderson

    Apr 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

    “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”
    This one inspires me most!

  6. nate

    Sep 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I may be a bit late to the conversation… but, better late than never. I like quote 35 the most!

    “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma

    As always… Great stuff Joel!

  7. Harsh Tiwari (founder BrilliantRead)

    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Electrifying quotes!

    Thanks addicted2success

  8. Ragul

    Aug 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Never give up

  9. jane brewer

    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    The whole life of Jack Ma is Inspiring and I love to read everything about Jack Ma what I find on the Internet. About all quotes are Inspiring thanks for sharing

  10. Harsh Tiwari

    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Love visiting this site.

    My favourite : “We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.” – Jack Ma

  11. Atul Vitha

    Feb 5, 2017 at 3:33 am

    “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.” – Jack Ma

  12. Nicholas

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I’ve always respected Jack Ma and his wisdom. It’s so true, what he says about looking at things through his customers’ eyes. Most of the time, startup owners are so fixated on their product, and all their amazing features that they completely forget who they are supposed to be building that product for. Their customers!

  13. Matthew

    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Short and concise … love his little bits of wisdom, especially concerning ‘failure’!

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