79 Motivational Jack Ma Quotes on Success, Entrepreneurship and Technology

Jack Ma is a Chinese business entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor.

He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group.

He also co-founded the private equity business Yunfeng Capital. Ma is a staunch supporter of a market-driven, open economy.

We have curated the best quotes by Jack Ma for you.


Best Jack Ma Quotes on Success, Entrepreneurship and Technology

1. “Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.” ~ (Jack Ma).

2. “Go big, or go home. Otherwise, you’re wasting your youth.” ~ (Jack Ma).

3. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one.” ~ (Jack Ma).

4. “Find the right people, not the best people.” ~ (Jack Ma).

5. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.” ~ (Jack Ma).

6. “Today is cruel. Tomorrow is crueler. And the day after tomorrow is beautiful.” ~ (Jack Ma).

7. “Giving up is the greatest failure.” ~ (Jack Ma).

8. “If you’re still poor at 35, you deserve it.” ~ (Jack Ma).

9. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?” ~ (Jack Ma).

10. “Opportunities are where the complaints are.” ~ (Jack Ma).

11. “The very important thing you should have is patience.” ~ (Jack Ma).

12. “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.” ~ (Jack Ma).

13. “Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy life.” ~ (Jack Ma).

14. “A good job isn’t something you go out and find, it’s something you discover while you’re working.” ~ (Jack Ma).

15. “Global vision, local win.” ~ (Jack Ma).

16. “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.” ~ (Jack Ma).

17. “You never know how much can you do in your life.” ~ (Jack Ma).

18. “The world will not remember what you say, but it will certainly not forget what you have done.” ~ (Jack Ma).

19. “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.” ~ (Jack Ma).

20. “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” ~ (Jack Ma).

21. “I believe in two principles: Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities!” ~ (Jack Ma).

22. “Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain, and a wise man uses his heart.” ~ (Jack Ma).

23. “The customer is number one, the employee is number two and the shareholder is number three. If the customer is happy, the business is happy, and the shareholders are happy.” ~ (Jack Ma).

24. “Don’t hire the most qualified, hire the craziest.” ~ (Jack Ma).

25. “The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.” ~ (Jack Ma).

26. “A great opportunity is often hard to be explained clearly; things that can be explained clearly are often not the best opportunities.” ~ (Jack Ma).

27. “We will make it because we are young and we will never, never give up.” ~ (Jack Ma).

28. “For ecommerce, the most important thing is trust.” ~ (Jack Ma).

29. “Always let your employees come to work with a smile.” ~ (Jack Ma).

30. “Your employee should have superior technical skills than you. If he doesn’t, it means you have hired the wrong person.” ~ (Jack Ma).

31. “A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understand this, the sky’s the limit.” ~ (Jack Ma).

32. “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).

33. “A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.” ~ (Jack Ma).

34. “When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.” ~ (Jack Ma).

35. “Luck is very important. Of course you can’t wait for luck, because it won’t come. While you start a journey, luck may eventually come to you.” ~ (Jack Ma).

36. “When we have money, we start making mistakes.” ~ (Jack Ma).

37. “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).

38. “No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.” ~ (Jack Ma).

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

40. “No matter what your current condition, how or where you grew up, or what education or training you feel you lack, you can be successful in your chosen endeavor. It is spirit, fortitude, and hardiness that matter more than where you start.” ~ (Jack Ma).

41. “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.” ~ (Jack Ma).

42. “We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.” ~ (Jack Ma).

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

44. “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).

45. “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.” ~ (Jack Ma).

46. “If you view everyone as your enemies, everyone around you will be your enemies.” ~ (Jack Ma).

47. “Adopt and change before any major trends or changes.” ~ (Jack Ma).

48. “The quality of a good leader therefore is his vision, tenacity, and his capability.” ~ (Jack Ma).

49. “Never ever do business with the government. Be in love with them, never marry them.” ~ (Jack Ma).

50. “Success and profitability are outcomes of focusing on customers and employees, not objectives.” ~ (Jack Ma).

51. “A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure.” ~ (Jack Ma).

52. “The most unreliable thing in this world is human relationships.” ~ (Jack Ma).

53. “Even if your competitor is still small in size or weak, you should take him seriously and treat him as a giant. Likewise, even if your competitor is massive in size, you shouldn’t regard yourself as a weakling.” ~ (Jack Ma).

54. “If we go to work at 8 am and go home at 5 pm, 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.” ~ (Jack Ma).

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

56. “All MBA have said are correct, but they can’t execute it.” ~ (Jack Ma).

57. “You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society.” ~ (Jack Ma).

58. “I don’t care about revenues.” ~ (Jack Ma).

59. “My job is making money, helping other people make money. I am spending money, trying to make sure more people get rich, because you cannot spend a lot of money, right? So my job is spending money, helping others. This is a headache.” ~ (Jack Ma).

60. “I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger.” ~ (Jack Ma).

61. “Today the financial market is no good, but the money is there.” ~ (Jack Ma).

62. “Alibaba is an ecosystem that helps small business to grow.” ~ (Jack Ma).

63. “My job is to help more people have jobs.” ~ (Jack Ma).

64. “I wanted to have a global company, so I chose a global name. Alibaba is easy to spell, and people everywhere associate that with “Open, Sesame,” the command that Ali Baba used to open doors to hidden treasures in One Thousand and One Nights.” ~ (Jack Ma).

65. “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).

66. “When you have one million dollars, you’re a lucky person. When you have 10 million dollars, you’ve got trouble, a lot of headaches.” ~ (Jack Ma).

67. “If the customer loves you, the government will have to love you.” ~ (Jack Ma).

68. “I know nothing about technology.” ~ (Jack Ma).

69. “My dream was to set up my own e-commerce company. In 1999, I gathered 18 people in my apartment and spoke to them for two hours about my vision. Everyone put their money on the table, and that got us $60,000 to start Alibaba. I wanted to have a global company, so I chose a global name.” ~ (Jack Ma).

70. “A leader should never compare his technical skills with his employees.” ~ (Jack Ma).

71. “Don’t even trust that you are able to unify what everyone is thinking; it is impossible.” ~ (Jack Ma).

72. “Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.” ~ (Jack Ma).

73. “A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.” ~ (Jack Ma).

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

75. “We should never finish a 20-year program in two years.” ~ (Jack Ma).

76. “I absolutely don’t have $20 billion. But I’d love to, right?” ~ (Jack Ma).

77. “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.” ~ (Jack Ma).

78. “Customers should be number 1, Employees number 2, and then only your Shareholders come at number 3.” ~ (Jack Ma).

79. “I want people to learn what democracy means.” ~ (Jack Ma).


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