Jack Ma Speech: Never Give Up

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Jack Ma Speech: Never Give Up

Learn English with Jack Ma. Chinese billionaire Jack Ma made an on-stage appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017. The life of Jack Ma has been one of highs and lows. In the past he has been rejected by Harvard, ten times, and once, while teaching English, he earned as little as twelve dollars a month. Today, however, he is the founder and chairman of the e-commerce giant Alibaba, the single largest retailer in the world. Ma is a strong proponent of an open and market-driven economy. Enjoy our Speeches with subtitles, and keep your English learning journey.

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“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.” Jack Ma


Charlie: We’ve all become very cognizant of Jack and his story. And when Alibaba went public with the largest IPO in history, we knew a lot more about him. So, I want to talk about his personal story. I want to talk about how many times he tried and failed and what kept him going. I want to talk about where he is today and how he got here. I’ll begin with this question though, Jack. Why are you back at Davos?

Jack: It’s been a long break, for seven years. I think my last trip here was in year 2008. But I was coming for the year 2001 for the Young Global Leader for Tomorrow. And I think, I remember, I never heard about Davos when I came. But when I came into Switzerland, so many young people demonstrated. It was such a horrible scene and I asked them “What are they doing?” They said, “Anti-globalization.” And I said “Why? Globalization is a great thing. Why people don’t like it?” And then we came all the way for two hours here. There’s a machine gun, there’s a people checking us. Oh, God, is it a film or is a prison? What is that? But when I joined the Forum at the Young Global Leader, I was thrilled by so many ideas. For the first three to four years, I learned what does globalization mean? What does cooperative citizenship mean? What does social responsibility mean? All these new ideas and I saw so many great leaders talking about leadership, and I benefited a lot. In the year 2008 and nine when the financial crisis came, I thought it’s better to go back to work. Because we can never win the world by talking. So, go back, spend seven years. Now, I came back. I think it’s time to do something in return because I learned so much 12 years ago, so why should I not be talking to the young global leader of today, sharing with them how we’ve gone through. So, that was the thing.

Charlie: Let’s start with where you are today. Just how big is Alibaba? How many people come every day? How many people come in a week? How fast is it growing?

Jack: Yeah. We have over 100 million buyers visiting our site, shop on our site every day, and we created…

Charlie: A hundred million every day?

Jack: We created 14 million jobs for China directly and indirectly. And we grew from 18 people to 30,000; 18 people in my apartment to now we have four big campers. Compared to 15 years ago, we were big, but compared to 15 years later, we’re still a baby.

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