Jack Ma’s 30 Tips for Success

A new year represents a good opportunity to turn over a new leaf, reflect on where we are and where we want to go. As I was going through my priorities for 2017, I found these tips from Jack Ma very helpful. I translated the tips from Chinese more than three years ago, but they feel just as relevant today. I hope you’ll also find them helpful.

  1. Lists your three most important things every day
  2. Arrive to the office ten minutes earlier than others
  3. Think for a few seconds before speaking
  4. Count to 30 before throwing a tantrum
  5. When in doubt, pick the hardest thing to do
  6. Give everything a deadline
  7. Always sit in the front row
  8. Observe people walking in front of you
  9. Leave the office ten minutes later than others
  10. Remember the names of everyone around you
  11. Do everything enthusiastically, even sweeping the floor
  12. Praise others behind their backs
  13. Pay attention to everyone around you
  14. Let others finish speaking
  15. Deliver a little more than they expect
  16. Praise people before criticizing them
  17. Always carry a pen and paper
  18. Note down your dreams within five minutes of waking up
  19. List your ten weaknesses, and correct them one by one
  20. When it comes to important decisions, sleep on them
  21. Ask yourself questions five minutes before sleeping
  22. Keep smiling every day
  23. Never bring work home
  24. Eat breakfast with your family
  25. Meet new friends through old friends
  26. Spend half an hour a day reading books
  27. Have four short-term goals, and one main goal
  28. Never let making money be your main goal in life
  29. Read your goals aloud ten times a day
  30. Take immediate action!