There are people who believe in leaving footprints on the sand and impressions
for others to follow, and these rare ones happen to be an inspiration for all.
Talking about such great people, brings in the name of one of the most prominent
and renowned personalities in the area of entrepreneurship and market, Jack Ma.
Born with the name of Ma Yun originally, Jack Ma is the founder of the famous E-
commerce Chinese Multinational Conglomerate, ”Alibaba” which allows
merchants to trade products online. He is also a stakeholder of the E-payment
portal “Alipay”. But success comes with struggles accompanied and hence, Jack
Ma also witnessed scuffles at every point of his life before becoming successful.
Ma was born in Hangzhou, South Eastern part of China and was raised with an
elder brother and a younger sister. His parents were musicians and storytellers
due to which he couldn’t be even classified under the category of middle class.
Ma has always been curious for every next thing and that’s why as a kid he
wanted to learn English. This urge of him made him to drive his bicycle every
morning to the nearby hotel giving English tours to the foreigners for free. Before
getting into a university for the graduation, he failed a number of times and
cleared the Entrance exam after 4 attempts. Ironically, even before graduating he
worked as an English Teacher at Hangzhou Dianzi University getting paid with just
$12 per month. Apart from degree and schooling, Ma’s life was also filled with
drudgery at the time of a job search. In one of his interviews, he told that when
KFC came to China to recruit people, 24 people went for the interview, 23 lucky
ones got selected and he was the only one who didn’t. He also tried in Police
force and restaurants but couldn’t make up to any of them. The first time when
Jack Ma was introduced internet and computer was during his visit to US in 1995
for a government project of building of Highways. And that was the time when he
decided to bring people of China on a mutual platform through internet services.
The first company that he started was Hangzhou Haibo translation Agency.
Initially, he failed in his entrepreneurship and could see his venture falling down
but he didn’t give up. Later on, he convinced 17 of his friends to invest in his new
E-commerce startup Alibaba. But the major task for him was to make the people of China to believe in an electronic platform specializing in retail, internet and
technology. Gradually, he managed to get the trust of people and grew himself
and his venture even when everyone tried to pull him down.
Breaking the nutshell, Alibaba is now one of the most popular E-commerce
websites in the world with him being the richest man of China with the net worth
of 3,770 crores USD approx. Jack Ma always looked forward to turn the tables by turning
rejections into opportunities. Apart from the website, Ma also made his acting
debut in 2017 in a short film Gong Shou Dao.
Today, he is honoured with famous awards from Businessweek, Fortune, Forbes
China, and many more. People like him give others power to overcome and
override any hurdle or obstacle and be at a position which they ever dreamt for.
To conclude with, Jack Ma’s never give up attitude made him to turn from a person to a personality and that’s why he is considered to be one of the most
inspiring and stimulating persons with his interviews and knowledgeable ideas
standing as proofs with him.