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Wake up call – If you are still poor at 35!

If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake. This is a famous quote given by Bill Gates. As per him, one should strive to be rich. Many entrepreneurs today pursue this quote to become rich. But still dying poor is a reality today. If you are at age of 35 and still poor it’s time to wake up.

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Jack Ma Story – If you are still poor at 35!

This wake-up call is by the founder of Alibaba Mr.Jack Ma. As per him, you are poor because you have no ambition.

Jack Ma said that before founding Alibaba I invited 24 friends to my house to discuss the business idea of Alibaba. After discussing for two hours they all were confused. 23 out of 24 people told me to drop this idea, for multiple reasons like a job is better, you don’t know anything about the internet, you don’t have the capital for business, etc.

I contemplated this for one night and decided to go ahead although 24 people are opposing this idea.

Once I started my journey I immediately met with strong opposition from friends and family. My biggest driving force was not my confidence on the internet but more of this: “No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.” Just think about the thousands of roads at night, in the morning can always go on the same route. This means you can keep trying if it does not work you can revert to what you were doing before.

I was a daydreamer and acted on my dream with open eyes. Remember “Dream is not that what you see in your sleep. The dream is the thing which does not allow you to sleep.”

Jack Ma Said: – Many people lose a life because of the following –

  1. Being prejudiced against opportunity
  2. Looking down on opportunities.
  3. Lack of Understanding
  4. Failing to act quickly

Advice to Young People & Entrepreneurs from Jack Ma

You are poor because you have no ambition.

Ambition is key to success. It is a burning desire to achieve something. It is a driving force that can shape your future.

Jack Ma further shared the story of Juliet Wu Shihong famous professional manager in China. Wu gained success through self-education and learning on the job.

Initially, she was working with a big company of a lower rank, her job was to pour some tea, sweep, etc. Once, because she did not bring a daily pass, she was not permitted on the company’s premises by a guard. She requested the guard that she is indeed the company’s employee but the guard was not allowing her.

As she stood at the gate, she observed those of similar age to her, but smartly dressed girls walking through without having to show their passes.

She asked the guard, “Why are these people allowed through without producing a pass?” The guard fired her emotionless.

That was the turning point for Wu – she felt great shame, her self-esteem trampled on.

From that moment, she vowed never to allow herself to be shamed like this again, and to become world-famous.

Since then, she never looked back, she used every opportunity to enrich herself. She worked very hard. She was the first to arrive at work and the last one to leave. She used every second of her life and soon her efforts paid off. She was appointed as a sales representative and quickly progressed to a higher position in her career. She was admired as the ‘Queen of Part-timers’ in China.

Only one incident was enough to change her life. She won this battle because she has a burning desire to be rich & successful.

  • You are poor because you do not have the ambition to become successful.
  • You are poor because you lack foresight.
  • You are poor because you cannot overcome your cowardice.
  • You are poor because you lack the courage and willpower.
  • With ambition, you can overcome all inferiority and extract your potential!
  • With ambition you can persevere, continuously learn new things, and strive for perfection.
  • With ambition, you can defy all odds, and create miracles when others daren’t.

No matter how poor your family is, do not doubt your abilities and lose sight of your ambition.

  • When your family deems you worthless, no one will pity you.
  • When your parents do not have money to pay the medical bills, no one will pity you.
  • When you are beaten by your competitors, no one will pity you.
  • When your loved ones abandon you, no one will pity you.
  • When you’re 30 years old 40 years old has no achievements, no one will pity you!

Jack Ma Advice to Young people 

If you are 20 to 30 years old –

Please find a good boss, not necessarily a good company learn from the boss learn how to do it. 

When you are 30 to 40 years old –

Try to do something yourself, if you really want to try.

When you are 40 to 50 years old –

Do things that you are good at after 20 years of learning you should do something you are good at.

When you are 50 to 60 years old –

Spend time supporting young people.

When you are over 60 years old –

Spend time with your grandchildren.

So when you are a graduate where you are just in the university don’t think about – I want to resign from the school and be another Bill Gates because, Bill Gates left Harvard there’s only one Bill Gates in the world. 

When you graduate find a company most important find a good boss who can train you discipline you and tell you what is good and right is more important than a good company right, of course, a good company good boss even better and then continue your life.

Go big, or go home. Otherwise, you’re wasting your youth.

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Shitanshu Kapadia
Shitanshu Kapadia
Hi, I am Shitanshu founder of moneyexcel.com. I am engaged in blogging & Digital Marketing for 10 years. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, knowledge and help people in managing money. Please note that the views expressed on this Blog are clarifications meant for reference and guidance of the readers to explore further on the topics. These should not be construed as investment , tax, financial advice or legal opinion. Please consult a qualified financial planner and do your own due diligence before making any investment decision.
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