40 Inspirational Jack Ma Quotes [2024] Co-Founder Of Alibaba Group

Updated: January 20th, 2022

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

He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a multinational, technology conglomerate.

Jack Ma co-founded Yunfeng Capital, a Shanghai-based private equity firm founded in 2010. In 2017, Jack Ma was ranked second in the annual "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" list by Fortune.

We've put together an incredible collection of Jack Ma quotes to read.

Here they are:

40 Inspirational Jack Ma Quotes [2024] Co-Founder Of Alibaba Group

List of Inspiring Jack Ma Quotes

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“I don’t want people to have deep pockets but shallow minds.” – Jack Ma

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“I’m a normal guy.” – Jack Ma

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“Success and profitability are outcomes of focusing on customers and employees, not objectives.” ― Jack Ma

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