Is one of the most successful billionaires today. Starting from scratch – no capital, no relationship, Jack Ma understands that the only way to rise is learning. However, his view of education is different from the majority of people and with the traditional Chinese concept: “I teach my son that he does not need to be ranked 3rd in class, average learning capacity is okay, as long as the score is not too bad. Only average learners have enough time to learn other skills, ”said Jack Ma.
Like many other parents, Jack Ma and his wife Zhang Ying also have problems balancing work and parenting. In an interview on CelebrityChina, Ms. Zhang Ying shared about her husband and how to raise children. “Our son should be considered as a” victim “of Alibaba. Born in 1992, he grew up in the family business. That day, my house was the office of more than 30 people, always flooded with smoke. My son can only stay in the room and not go out. He eats according to us, so he becomes more and more skinny like a matchstick, only his head is big. After that, the work was more busy, the son was 4 years old, we went to the nursery house five days a week and only welcomed the weekend.
When the business was stable, my son was 10 years old, he became interested in the Internet, probably because of his father’s influence. He was addicted to the game online when he started playing, staying at the net with friends and refused to go home. Realizing that, Jack convinced and educated him but failed completely. Jerry was only 12 years old when he replied back to his father: “My parents are not at home, I have to go home to be bored by myself.
The son’s reaction made Jack extremely worried, he told me: “You should quit your job, our family needs you more than Alibaba […]”. Although she did not want to, but because of her family, she decided to quit her job at home to control her son.
After Ms. Zhang Ying quit her job at Alibaba, Jack Ma and his wife embarked on a formal and strict teaching. One day, Jack Ma gave his son 200 yuan so he could play games with his friends three days and three nights. He demanded that he answer the question of “the benefits of gaming”.
Three days later, Jerry went home in a state of exhaustion and answered his father: “Tired, sleepy, hungry, all over the body uncomfortable, running out of money and I couldn’t find any benefit.” Jack Ma responded to him with a series of questions that made the boy quiet: “So do you want to play anymore?” Have you played enough? Want to go home? ”.
The strictness of Jack Ma’s spear and Zhang Ying’s caring interest helped the young Jerry to gradually become tempted by online games. After six months, the boy rose to the 17th place of the class and became more and more prominent. He laughed more, looked outward and tolerant, really the “sunshine” of his parents.
In addition, during the period when Jack Ma’s son was addicted to online games, the industry grew dramatically. If it is in the style of Jack Ma, he will not miss the opportunity to make money. But he declared: “I will not spend a penny to invest in online games, I do not want to see my son addicted to games created by myself”. Above all, the family has always been a billionaire’s top priority.
On his son’s 18th birthday, Jack Ma wrote a letter to the boy and sent three things:
One is always thinking for yourself and independent judgment.
The second is to keep the spirit of optimism – there are many problems happening in the world but there will definitely be more solutions than that.
Third, be honest, especially with your father.
Jack Ma’s child education story is a thoughtful experience for current parents and mothers – an era in which technology can “eat” people. At the same time, his inspirational message about learning is also a useful lesson for young people on the road to starting a business: “Try to keep up with learning but don’t consider it all. Train new skills and pursue passion when you have free time ”.