40 Motivational & Inspirational Jack Ma Quotes


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

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


1. “I’m a normal guy.” – Jack Ma
2. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma
3. “Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy the lives.” – Jack Ma
4. “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.” – Jack Ma
5. “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.” – Jack Ma
6.“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
7. “I don’t care about revenues. – Jack Ma
8. “You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society.” – Jack Ma
9. “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
10. “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
11. “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
12. “Without internet, there would have been no Jack Ma, and no Alibaba or Taobao.” – Jack Ma
13. “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.” – Jack Ma
14. “Never ever do business with the government. Be in love with them, never marry them.” – Jack Ma
15. “My job is to help more people have jobs.” – Jack Ma
16. “When we have money, we start making mistakes.” – Jack Ma
17. “We should never finish a 20 year program in two years.” – Jack Ma
18. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?” – 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
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. “If the customer loves you, the government will have to love you.” – Jack Ma
28. “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma
29. “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
30. “You need the right people with you, not the best people.” – Jack Ma
31. “You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision.” – Jack Ma
32. “We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.” – Jack Ma
33. “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
34. “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
35. “I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger.” – Jack Ma
36. “We’re never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams.” – Jack Ma
37. “The very important thing you should have is patience.” – Jack Ma
38. “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.” – Jack Ma
39.“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
40. “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