1. Accept rejection
According to Jack Ma, rejection is a part and parcel of life. Born to an extremely poor family, Ma realized early on, in order to get something in life, you have to keep struggling to make sure you succeed. His first major taste for rejection happened when he was 23. KFC was opening its Chinese stores and Ma thought this was the best way to make some much needed cash. However, when he applied, he was the only one amongst 24 people to get rejected. This was not the only time he got rejected from something he really wanted. Even his dream college, the Harvard University, rejected him not once, but ten times. If Jack Ma had given up and stopped trying to make a life for himself, Alibaba would not be what it is today! Therefore, in order to reach your goals, you have to accept the rejections as they come and continue working hard.
2. Ignore the negative people in your life
There are always people in your life who are going to say no to whatever idea you have. The best way to ignore the negative people in your life is by accepting your dream and working hard to make them come true. The first startup he created, Alipay, was rejected by not just his acquaintances, but by his friends as well. If he had listened to the negative comments and shut down the site because people didn’t like the idea, Alipay would not be the largest mobile payments platform. Moreover, people in China wouldn’t have been introduced to a new form of online payments had Jack Ma not worked on the idea despite the negative people.
3. Don’t allow the past to dictate your present
According to Jack Ma, your past life isn’t an indication of what works and doesn’t work for the present. If you are too focused on how things worked in the past, you stop thinking of how to change the game for the present. Using this principle in everyday life, Ma made sure that whatever he does, he doesn’t stop thinking of how to work on the next big idea!