Get out of your own poverty

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You may think these statements to be too harsh but the fact remains that this is what self made success stories think about people who never made it out of poverty.

Jack Ma: If you’re still poor at 35, you deserve it! 83 By Zach Ho on April 15, 2014 Opinions

You are poor because you have no ambition.

Jack Ma: Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house to discuss the business opportunity. After discussing for a full two hours, they were still confused — I have to say that I may not have put myself across in a clear manner manner then. The verdict: 23 out of the 24 people in the room told me to drop the idea, for a multitude of reasons, such as: ‘you do not know anything about the internet, and more prominently, you do not have the start-up capital for this’ etc etc.

There was only one friend (who was working in a bank then) who told me, “If you want to do it, just try it. If things don’t work out the way you expected it to, you can always revert back to what you were doing before.” I pondered upon this for one night, and by the next morning, I decided I would do it anyway, even if all of the 24 people opposed the idea.

 

When I first started Alibaba, I was immediately met with strong opposition from family and friends. Looking back, I realised that the biggest driving force for me then was not my confidence in the Internet and the potential it held, but more of this:  “No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.” You have got to keep trying, and if it doesn’t work, you always can revert back to what you were doing before. 

As with this quote by T.E. Lawrence – “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.”

 

Jack Ma: People lose out in life because of these 4 reasons:

  1. Being myopic to opportunity

  2. Looking down on opportunities

  3. Lacking understanding

  4. Failing to act quickly enough

You are poor, because you have no ambition.

Ambition is living a life of great ideals; a magnificent goal in life that must be realised.

In this world, there are things that are deemed unfathomable, but there is nothing in this world that cannot be done. The depth of one’s ambition determines the potential of one’ future.

The Story of Juliet Wu Shihong – one of China’s first-generation professional managers, who gained success by working her way up the ranks from a cleaner, a nurse, a marketing executive, through self-education and learning on the job.

 

She had been the general manager for the world’s most famous multinational IT groups’ Chinese branches (Microsoft 1985-1998; IBM 1998-1999). She is also China’s first successful international corporate executive to join the executive team of a domestic private firm. Wu was seen as a symbol of the new generation of business executives that China has produced in its economic reform and opening-up.

When Wu started off in a big company working from the lowest ranks, her daily job was to pour tea and sweep floors. Once, because she forgot her staff pass, the company’s guard stopped her at the door and denied her entry. She explained to the guard that she was indeed one of the company’s employees, and that she had merely left the building for a short while to purchase office supplies.

Despite her pleas, the guard still did not allow to enter. As she stood at the gate, she watched as those of similar age to her, but smartly dressed in business attire walking through without having to show their passes.

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

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

She looked at herself, dressed in shabby clothes and pushing a dirty push cart. Looking back at those dressed in smart attire, her heart felt a deep ache from the sudden realization of the sorrow and grief from being discriminated. From that moment, she vowed never to allow herself to be shamed like this again, and to become world-famous.

Since then, she used every opportunity to enrich herself. Every day, she was the first to arrive at work, and the last one to leave. She made every second count, spending her time learning the ropes. Her efforts soon paid off; she was made a sales representative, and quickly progressed to being the regional general manager of this multinational company in China. Wu did not possess strong academic qualifications, and was revered as the ‘Queen of Part-timers’. Subsequently, she assumed the position of GM of IBM China. This is the Wu Shihong, the heroine in China’s business circle.


If not for the incident, Wu Shihong would not have had the ambition to become rich, and her life would have taken a very different path then.

  • You are poor because you do not have the desire 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 determination.

  • With ambition you can overcome all inferiority and maximise 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 own 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 have not accomplished anything by the time you are 35, no one will pity you.

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

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Motivation - Mindset of success

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Start with 'Why?'

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Start with 'Why?' - Find purpose

Invariably the most important question in any situation in my opinion, is 'Why?'.

I know for a fact that there are many who do not agree with me.

The simple question 'Why?' can dictate the response for every other

question you can ask, by giving purpose to the what, when, where and how.

It may also shed light on how important the activity is and help you decide

if it worth the effort to execute at all!

 

Ask yourself a general question like "Why do you go to work?"

Everyone can answer this question but the answers will not be equal.

A common answer would be "To get paid" but that is a shallow answer.

If you dig deeper you will realize that this is not the end goal because you are not

going to horde your earnings,you are going to spend them on the things you want and need.

In this way an answer such as "To feed my children" is worth more than any shallow answer.

 

The more specific you define the result that you want to achieve,

the more motivated and focused you will be in every activity required.

Sadly most of our activity is done on autopilot without ever analyzing why we do it

but rather just engaging in activities we believe are normal.

 

Start with 'Why?' - The right why!

How many people do you think use the right why in their decision making?

To be more specific, how many people use the reason 'to make money'

or 'to save money' as their motivation for many of their activities?

What would you do differently if money was not a factor?

 

It has become acceptable to choose a career based on how much money can be made

rather than passion or interest in the field in question.

How can you choose a direction of your life that steers you away from your interest?

It sounds insane but this is unbelievably common due to the focus society

places on monetary gain rather than happiness.

 

The most unfortunate thing in this situation is that many who follow their passion,

despite advice to the contrary, often do well.

They do their job with passion and people are willing to pay for that!

Let us change our thought process and begin with why we want to take action

before we decide what action should be taken.

 

 

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Being Patient

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Being Patient

Being patient, I find, is the hardest thing for me to do.

Some may say it is a symptom of the information age in which we live

or any number of character flaws that can causes a lack of patience.

I for one, do not see patience reflected in many people anymore.

We simply cannot take the time to allow processes to take place as they should.

We are always trying to accomplish the same results in less time.

 

My problem is I do not entirely agree with this mentality that drives us to

make everything in our lives more efficient, faster or easier.

Like most individuals I would gladly choose an alternative method

that will give me the results I desire in less time.

Unfortunately, there are many things in life that cannot be accomplished swiftly,

without compromising the results or costing and unreasonable amount.

 

Let me refer to the most universal of examples,

exercise for the purpose of body modification of any type.

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle or even just be fit in a general sense,

you need to dedicate the time required to transform your body.

Being Patient

Any attempt to gain results faster through steroids,

or any drastic method promising to cut the time down significantly,

can cost you your health.

In essence trying to speed up the process may result not only setbacks

but the opposite of the desired result.

 

In examining an example like this it would be easy to identify hard work

as the most important activity of the transformation process.

The reality is that hard work needs to be expressed over time to achieve worthwhile results.

Hard work in the moment does not instantly produce.

I am sure you know of many hard working people who gave up before achieving the results that they desired.

Being patient will allow you persevere through the periods with limited results.

 

While I point out a physical activity, this series of events holds true for many other things in life.

While it would be accurate to say patience itself is a barrier to success,

I would like to point out the trait that I believe to be at the heart of many of these example…….. consistency.

Yes, in some cases the patience to wait on the right time is required before action is taken.

However, simply waiting without consistent action is much easier than working with consistency toward a particular goal.

 

The repetition of any activity over time will undeniably make anyone better at it.

The problem is that when measurable results are not forthcoming,

the resolve (and thus the consistency of practice or repetition) wavers before the results are achieved.

Perseverance and consistency are functions that cannot arise without patience.

 

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Chasing Dreams

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Chasing dreams - Not everyone does

It doesn't occur to me that you would have to tell people to start chasing dreams.

Maybe I grew up watching too much television shows where the central theme was

'you can do anything you put your mind to' or 'dream it and you can achieve it'.

'Chasing dreams' however is used in certain scenarios as a negative describing

when someone is going after something they cannot attain.

When did dreams become impossible?

 

Having a dream cannot be bad, so it is often encouraged in children.

How can we then be of the opinion that we should "face reality"

and abandon our dreams when we come of age?

Many people have accepted this lie as the truth of the lives we live.

Many people abandon ambition for the monotony of making a living

that has no greater purpose or fulfillment just to get by.

 chasing dreams

Chasing dreams - Why not you?

Yes, it does take courage to chase your dreams.

It takes so much courage that many never even take the first step.

A sure way to fail is to never try.

Procrastination is usually only a symptom of a lack of courage

or an over abundance of fear.

 

Many will discourage you, whether it be accidental or intentional is irrelevant.

You need to have your own motivation to be stronger than your detractors

in order for you to make sure you stay on your path.

In the end you must believe that whatever you want to achieve is possible for you,

not just for others, but as the first step and constant thought on your journey.

 

Instead of chasing what we love the vast majority of the population

chooses what is thought to be the safer road in life.

Unfortunately the reality is that even on the 'safe road' it is still possible to fail.

Even worse is the fact that success on the 'safe road' may not lead to happiness or comfort!

 

Ask yourself what you would do if money was no object?

Money should not be be your priority!

If you do things you do not like for money to continue living to do

more of what you do not like you are living a purposeless life.

Why would you teach your children to do this?

Why would you do this yourself?

 

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