If you don’t know who Jack Ma. You probably didn’t know he started Alibaba, is now worth billions of dollars, and is China’s richest man.
Jack Ma isn’t your typical rich guy. He is truly a man who gets and loves people and capitalism and knows how the system takes care of people on the top and on the bottom. He operates on a pillar of trust and a pillar of placing the customer first.
Jack may surprise you with who his hero is though. Can you guess it? It’s Forrest Gump. In a more recent interview, he said Forrest had taught him that you don’t get rich by catching a shark, you get rich by catching lots of shrimp.
Watch Jack talk about what else he learned from Forrest Gump and how America inspired his innovation. The entire video is worth watching but the part with Forrest Gump starts at about 4:30 into the clip. One of his take aways from Forrest was that he now realizes he is still the same man today that he was 15 years ago when he was only making $30 a month.
What a refreshing leader. I can’t help but think he was ripping on the guys of Shark Tank with his shark and shrimp comment. Frankly, I would do the same. I have a lot of respect for them but I don’t trust them and don’t aspire to be like them one bit. Jack just want’s to be a normal guy with a dream that inspires and brings others up around him. In my opinion, Jack Ma is a much better model of a business leaders and one we should all learn from.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had some politicians and business leaders in this country with this kind of humility? Today everybody has an agenda. Even the CEO’s of some big companies. Why? Who cares if the CEO is gay. It just doesn’t matter. Do you know what should be first? The customer, not a social agenda from either party.
When was the last time you heard a politician or big business owner reach to a competitor and legitimately trusted them? Or really believed that we, the voters, are the ones whom they are actually serving and we ought to be the most important thing? Not shareholders, not political interest groups, but us. The citizens.
I am shocked I would ever say we would need to look to China to see “a great American story” as Jim Cramer put it in the video. But it is awfully hard not to like Jack Ma, his wisdom, and his great vision to help bring everybody up through trust and free markets.