Last Sunday, I went on an unexpected journey of discovery. Why did I say unexpected? I was supposed to travel up to Genting Highland to get my new Sony Xperia P from my sister but there was unusually ‘expected’ waiting on my journey there; I didn’t expect there would be so much people. I basically had to wait an hour for the Skyway cable up to Genting Highland. Fortunately, time was not wasted throughout the trip as I was armed with a fantastic read on ‘Alibaba‘, on the story of Jack Ma. Before that I was still toying on which book to bring, whether to bring Richard Branson’s Business Stripped Base (another good reading) or to bring ‘Alibaba.’ Sorry Richard that I chose Ma Yun over you.
Both books were fantastic reading; inspiring and with tons of lesson to be learnt and to be applied. I wasted no time at all in reading the book while I was traveling on the bus and also while waiting for the Skyway cable car and taking down a lot of notes with my Sony Xperia Ray. I followed closely to every move of Jack Ma on how he picked himself up from every fall and how each fall make. From the book, I first capture this quote, “Men are made bigger by adversity and injustice.” It certainly applied to him and how he soared to greater height from each setback.
As what Steve Jobs said before about connecting the dots, through Alibaba, I realised how Ma Yun’s dots were being connected together. Everything happened for a reason. And as what Steve said, “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots would connect down the road would give you the confident to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that would make all the difference.” I am sure it had made all the difference to the life of Jack Ma.
However, the most important thing I learnt from this journey was not so much about connecting the dots but more on creating tremendous values. I was reading the reflection of a teammate just few days before and another teammate replied on creating tremendous values or to be crazily successful.
Suddenly, when I was reading the part where Jack Ma decided to focus on the 85% of the small business owners, when he was setting up the Alibaba website, in China to help them bring their products to the world, I had a realisation, “For me to start influencing people on a huge scale, I need to either create tremendous value in the lives of others or to have achieved tremendous success myself first.”
Or else how can I ever hope to inspire love and peace in others? Another realisation hit me at that moment, “I do not have all the time in the world to do that.” Time is all that we have in the world and yet we do not own it. No one is even guaranteed of the next moment. At this point of time, I do not have the answer for you yet as to how I can create the tremendous value but I know this is what I want to do.
To leave you with a quotation taken from the book ‘Alibaba’, “Your greatest enemy is yourself; your greatest opponent is time. And your greatest failure is to give up.“
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