Poor at 35?
Please read with an open mind….
The Internet has changed the fundamentals of economics. It has changed the way money is made.
A record 66 members of the 2016 FORBES Billionaires List are under the age of 40 . That’s more than triple the number four years ago and a seven-fold increase since 2010. A record 36 of these young billionaires have self-made fortunes and 70% of them are into Technology or Technology related businesses!
This disruption – the internet – is NOT yet embraced by the generation that it should favour the most – THE MILLENNIALS (people born between early 1980s and mid 1990s).
Technology is making more billionaires than any other time in history YET we have the highest rate of unemployment ever in Nigeria!
THIS IS LARGELY DUE TO IGNORANCE, NOT KNOWING HOW TO PROPERLY ENGAGE THE INTERNET
Back to Jack Ma…
Jack Ma is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, a family of highly successful internet-based businesses. Jack Ma is also the first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes Magazine.
Jack Ma is an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word and just about as successful in business as it’s possible to be. In a recent interview, the Financial Times 2013 Person of the Year claimed that:
“If you’re still poor at 35, you deserve it.”
This may initially come across as a little harsh, but to be truly successful in business, is this a necessary viewpoint?
“Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house to discuss the business opportunity. After discussing for a full two hours, they were still confused — I have to say that I may not have put myself across in a clear manner then. The verdict: 23 out of the 24 people in the room told me to drop the idea, for a multitude of reasons, such as: ‘you do not know anything about the internet, and more prominently, you do not have the start-up capital for this’, etc, etc.
There was only one friend (who was working in a bank then) who told me, ‘If you want to do it, just try it. If things don’t work out the way you expected it to, you can always revert back to what you were doing before.’ I pondered upon this for one night, and by the next morning, I decided I would do it anyway, even if all of the 24 people opposed the idea.
When I first started Alibaba, I was immediately met with strong opposition from family and friends. Looking back, I realised that the biggest driving force for me then was not my confidence in the Internet and the potential it held, but more that: ‘No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.’ You have got to keep trying, and if it doesn’t work, you always can revert back to what you were doing before.”
Jack Ma states that people lose out in life because of these 4 main reasons:
1. Being myopic to opportunity
2. Looking down on opportunities
3. Lacking understanding
4. Failing to act quickly enough
Ma believes that:
“You are poor, because you have no ambition. Ambition is living a life of great ideals; a magnificent goal in life that must be realised.”
It’s hard to argue with Jack Ma’s thinking, as his success speaks for itself. Winston Churchill once said: “The Empires of the future are the empires of the mind”
The Internet has broken the time and space barrier, opening up opportunities that hitherto not available.
With easy access to cloud computing, analytics, advanced networks, faster and cheaper data connectivity; an analyst in Lagos can replace a similarly skilled analyst in London without leaving Nigeria.
A doctor in Paris could take out the few minutes needed to remotely diagnose a Canadian patient. These new digital disruptors have a substantially lower cost structure than incumbents and there lies the attraction for companies. This shift is happening now and will forever change the way we WORK.
Individuals should, as a matter of urgency, take advantage of the digital revolution to explore incredible job opportunities!
Our best brains do not need visas or work permits from developed countries; they can just become ‘self-employed-brains-for-hire’, selling their wares to the highest bidder on Digital Job platforms.
However, every job requires SPECIFIC SKILL SETS to deliver. So also DIGITAL JOBS requires DIGITAL SKILLS.
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v. Setup Services for Sale on Online
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