Jack Ma is a hard working man, as evidenced by the fact that he applied to Harvard a whopping 10 times. Harvard rejected Ma’s application all 10 times.
Jack was rejected from a job at KFC, and was the only person out of 24 applicants to be turned down for the position. Jack applied to become a police but was rejected from that as well. When Jack took the college entrance exam, he scored a single point out of 120 points, and yet again failed.
Still, this rejection never prevented Jack from creating the future of international ecommerce. Building Alibaba into an enormous platform for international ecommerce, Ma created a website that had a massive impact on how Chinese sellers were able to access markets overseas.
For as long as he could remember, Ma was told his ideas were not good enough to become something big. Countless times, Ma has proved those very people wrong by creating industry changing platforms and products.
Alipay, Ma’s new platform for online payments, has been met with the same scrutiny he has endured his whole life. Still, Jack retains the composure and confidence that has brought him to such great heights today when challenged with negativity against Alipay.
“So many people I talked to at the time about Alipay said, ‘This is the stupidest idea you have ever had.’ But I said, ‘I don’t care if you’re stupid or clever, as long as people use it.'” Ma explained.
Jack Ma has embodied something most people can aspire to be, and that is confident in whatever actions they take. Is Jack Ma had listen to the negativity of his peers and given up after years of rejection and ridicule, he would have never gone on to create one of the most influential international ecommerce platforms in the world.