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“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny”.

- Mahatma Gandhi
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William Ofkamweti
LESSON FOR TODAY, SATURDAY

BILLIONAIRE JACK MA TEACHES YOU HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
(vulcanpost.com, February 2014)

Billionaire Jack Ma, the founder and ex-CEO of Alibaba Group, as well as one of the most successful Chinese Internet entrepreneurs, shares his wealth of experiences.

Jack Ma: The mistake I regretted the most

In 2001, I made a mistake. I told 18 of my fellow comrades whom embarked on the entrepreneurship journey with me that the highest positions they could go was a managerial role. To fill all our Vice President and Senior Executive positions, we would have to hire from external parties.

Years later, those I hired were gone, but those whom I doubted their abilities became Vice Presidents or Directors.

I believe in two principles: Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities!

Jack Ma: You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can unify everyone through a common goal.
1. Don’t even trust that you are able to unify what everyone is thinking; it is impossible.
2. 30% of all people will never believe you. Do not allow your colleagues and employees to work for you. Instead, let them work for a common goal.
3. It is a lot easier to unite the company under a common goal rather than uniting the company around a particular person.

Jack Ma: What does a leader have that an employee doesn’t?

A leader should never compare his technical skills with his employee’s. Your employee should have superior technical skills than you. If he doesn’t, it means you have hired the wrong person.

What, then, makes the leader stands out?
1. A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.
2. A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.
3. A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure.

The quality of a good leader therefore is his vision, tenacity, and his capability.

Jack Ma: Don’t be involved in politics
1.One should always understand that money and political power can never go hand in hand. Once you are in politics, don’t ever think about money anymore. Once you are running a business, don’t ever think of being involved in politics.
2.When money meets political power, it is similar to a match meeting an explosive- waiting to go off.

Jack Ma: The 4 main questions the young generation must ponder on
1. What is failure: Giving up is the greatest failure.
2. What is resilience: Once you have been through hardships, grievances and disappointments, only then will you understand what is resilience.
3. What your duties are: To be more diligent, hardworking, and ambitious than others.
4. Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain, and a wise man uses his heart.


Jack Ma: We are born to live and experience life.

I always tell myself that we are born here not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it.

No matter how successful you are in your career, you must always remember that we are here to live. If you keep yourself busy working, you will surely regret it.

Jack Ma on competing and competition
1. Those that compete aggressively with one another are the foolish ones.
2. If you view everyone as your enemies, everyone around you will be your enemies.
3. When you are competing with one another, don’t bring hatred along. Hatred will take you down.
4. Competition is similar to playing a board of chess. If you lose, we can always have another round. Both players should never fight.
5. A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understand this, the sky’s the limit.

Jack Ma: Don’t make complaining and whining a habit

If you complain or whine once in a while, it is not a big deal.

However, if it becomes habitual, it will be similar to drinking: the more you drink, the stronger the thirst. On the path to success, you will notice that the successful ones are not whiners, nor do they complain often.

The world will not remember what you say, but it will certainly not forget what you have done.

Jack Ma’s advice to entrepreneurs
1. The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.
2. Always let your employees come to work with a smile.
3. Customers should be number 1, Employees number 2, and then only your Shareholders come at number 3.
4. Adopt and change before any major trends or changes.
5. Forget the money; Forget about earning money.
6. Rather than having small smart tricks to get by, focus on holding on and persevering.
7. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Jack Ma on entrepreneurship
1.A great opportunity is often hard to be explained clearly; things that can be explained clearly are often not the best opportunities.
2.You should find someone who has complementary skills to start a company with. You shouldn’t necessarily look for someone successful. Find the right people, not the best people.
3.The most unreliable thing in this world is human relationships.
4.“Free” is the most expensive word.
5.Today is cruel, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be beautiful.


Jack Ma: The 4 don’ts of entrepreneurship
1.The scariest things about starting up is the inability to see, to be snobbish, to be unable to understand what is going on, as well as to be unable to keep up with pace.
2. If you do not know where your competitor is, or overconfident and snobbish about your competitor, or are unable to comprehend how your competitor became a real threat, you will surely fall behind him. Don’t be the “they” in this idiom: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3. Even if your competitor is still small in size or weak, you should take him seriously and treat him as a giant. Likewise, even if your competitor is massive in size, you shouldn’t regard yourself as a weakling.

Jack Ma on starting your own company

What starting your company means: you will lose your stable income, your right to apply for a leave of absence, and your right to get a bonus.

However, it also means your income will no longer be limited, you will use your time more effectively, and you will no longer need to beg for favours from people anymore.

If you have a different mindset, you will have a different outcome: if you make different choices from your peers, your life will then be different from your peers.

Jack Ma on opportunities

If there are over 90% of the crowd saying “Yes” to approving a proposal, I will surely dispose the proposal into the bin. The reason is simple: if there are so many people who thinks that the proposal is good, surely there will be many people who would have been working on it, and the opportunity no longer belongs to us.

The article is originally published in Chinese, and is translated into English. If you think this was helpful, feel free to share it with your friends.

About Jack Ma: Jack Ma is a Chinese Internet entrepreneur. He is the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of highly successful Internet-based businesses. He is also the first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes Magazine and ranks as one of the world’s billionaires. Ma was named the Financial Times’ 2013 Person of the Year because he personifies the Chinese internet, referring to him as the “godfather of China’s scrappy entrepreneurial spirit.”.
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IMPORTANT TOOLS FOR SUCCESS

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”

~Adam Osborne
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Elvis Otieno   True. Given a chance, a dad would kill for his sweet little princess.
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Jacinta Kioko   ...we will rejoice and be happy in it....and be happy in it!
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OK. Sasa ni mpaka hapo. Let the real day begin!
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Thought for the day:

“ALCOHOL gives you the ambition to do anything, while simultaneously taking away the capability to do it.”

-Anonymous
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NEW MANAGERS: DON’T MAKE THESE NEWBIE MISTAKES
(BBC Capital, March 2014)

Congratulate yourself — you are no longer a worker bee!

Unfortunately, basking in the warm afterglow of landing a promotion to team leader quickly fades for many people as they find themselves faced with a reluctant or even mutinous new team.
Most professionals still aspire to take a step up the corporate ladder to a management position with a better salary. But the management school of hard knocks includes a lot of beginners’ mistakes. And

if you’ve ever worked for a newly-minted manager — or been one yourself — you know those cringe-worthy mistakes can stick with you for a while.

We went to question and answer site Quora to find the most common mistakes new or inexperienced managers make.

You’re fired!

Stephanie Vardavas experienced one of the toughest new manager tasks — one many handle poorly — immediately after assuming a more senior role. She wrote: “On the very day I was first promoted to Vice President at one job, I had to fire someone. It was awful but necessary (he was stealing), and it toughened me up for the few times afterwards when it was necessary to make that kind of change.”

“Having said that” she added. “I've seen new managers fire people just to flex their muscles and prove that they can, and that's just horrible.”

Performance problem anxiety

Jason Sobel who works for a data analytics firm in California pointed to a mistake that can haunt both manager and employee. “New managers tend to have a hard time correcting performance problems. It's extremely un-fun to tell someone they are not doing well, put them on an improvement plan, or fire them,” he wrote.

“Yet delaying any of these actions has worse and worse consequences the longer it goes unaddressed.” Sobel added: “It's a terrible part of the job that nobody likes to talk about but it's critical for [the organisation’s] health.”

Ian McAllister, General Manager at Amazon, agreed.

“If you take note of performance issues early you can give gentle, corrective feedback. If you're too slow to notice you [then] have to give stronger feedback, and the performance issues may be harder to reverse,” he wrote. Another common blunder: not documenting this poor performance via email. He wrote: “[It] helps employees understand the gravity of the situation… and it is also helpful to have on hand if it comes time to terminate the employee.”

Do-my-old-job syndrome

Yishan Wong, a former director of engineering, highlighted the most common mistakes new or inexperienced managers in his sector make. “Doing hands-on work themselves: This is possible if the team is very small… but once the team gets larger, the manager should not be doing it.”

“The mistake in thinking is two-fold: the new manager is more comfortable with their own hands-on role, so, when they are confronted with problems that can be solved by either doing the job themselves or delegating the job and teaching/encouraging/assigning someone else to do it, they choose to do it themselves and (secondly) the perception that their team will not respect them unless they ‘lead from the front’,” Wong observed.

The anti-delegator

Michael Lopp, flagged ‘taking on too much’ as a primary error for most new managers. The new manager ‘vicious-cycle’ starts with an ‘I can do everything’ approach and escalates to ‘I can do everything by myself.’

“They are reluctant to delegate control to someone else — they try to do it all. Problem is, they sign up for [more] work than they can do by themselves, which leads to two significant failures ― the quality of all of their work drops or work starts falling through the cracks,” he wrote.

Lopp added: “Letting go of doing the work is tricky, but the gig as a manager isn't doing quality work, it's doing quality work at scale.”

What’s your name again?

Jesse Bridgewater,Data Scientist at eBay pointed out a people-problem amongst new managers. “The biggest mistake most managers make is not working to find out what really motivates each person on the team. This is one of the hardest things to do because people often do not think about their motivations in a conscious way.”

Bridgewater believes the most productive and creative people are primarily motivated by a desire to change the world in same way (impact) or to constantly improve/expand their core skills.

Looking backward

Patrick Moore who works for global communications firm, Alcatel Lucent, added: “Let the team do their job while you manage the larger picture — many new managers fail to get that they are no longer a ‘worker bee’ and try to keep doing their old job. Of course that means they fail at the new one.”
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