Lord of the Rings – What are we holding to?

Transcript:
Frodo Baggins: I can’t do this Sam.

Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.

Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?

Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Transcript:
Samwise Gamgee: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo Baggins: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil… between me… and the wheel of fire! I can see him… with my waking eyes!

Samwise Gamgee: Then let us be rid of it… once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you! COME ON!

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Tangkuban Perahu a.k.a Upturned Boat – Volcano Mountain in Bandung

PS: I thought of posting Lord of the Ring (LOTR) scenes when I witnessed the beauty of Tangkuban Perahu during my recent trip to Bandung. The idea of visiting the crater reminds me of the hobbits on their quest to Mount Doom in LOTR.

Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater

The entrance fee to visit Tangkuban Perahu is slightly expensive for foreigners (300K Rupiah on Weekend/Public Holidays, 200k Rupiah on Weekday – accurate as of Sep 2016)

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Hiking to Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout
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Mountain Man Humble Accommodation

If you are adventurous and don’t mind the hike up the mountain, there is a mountain man living on-top of Tangkuban Perahu! It is an awesome experience at Tangkuban Perah that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Bandung.

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Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout Tunnel

Interesting fact:
– The volcano erupted as recently as 5th October 2013.
– Tangkuban Perahu is also known as Upturned Boat. The name derives from a local legend on its creation.

Reference:
LOTR quotes – What are we holding on to?
LOTR quotes – I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you!
Wikipedia – Tangkuban Perahu

Be Remembered – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

YOU LIVE AS LONG AS YOU ARE REMEMBERED

See the thing about life, we’re gonna die, right?
Eventually we’re gonna die, but our legacy live on.
The impact, can be non-perishable, forever.
But it’s gotta be built right and we got to take
advantage of the time we have right now.

What are you waiting for!
You’ve got one life to live.
Today begins; tomorrow continues
and never end…
until you reach your goal, and cross the finish line.
With your hand, held victorious.

You go after things. You try,
even if you fail you get back up,
and you continue to try and fail, continue to try and fail.
And ensuring you never fail to try.

Failure is part of recipe for success.
It’s the losers, that failed once and quit.
Every winner has done with failure.
The loser and the winner, both have failed…
it is just that a winner gets back up and does it again.

Making your dreams a reality, rep by rep.

Stop running from the potential what you can be, guys.
It’s inside of you, it’s always been there.

You must believe in yourself enough.
To be the person now,
of what others remember you later.

If you guys mentally believe you can do it,
your body will find a way to physically make it happen.

We put the work in now,
so we never wonder ‘what if’.

Not run by the clock,
But from our desire where we wanna go tomorrow.

It’s not for everybody
and might not be for you…
but you are still watching so maybe it’s for you.
Here we go!

There is no excuse, not to be the hardest mother fucking worker in the room.
And all your endeavour, schoolwork, the gym, your career, your relationship.
You need to be attached to it.
It’s got to mean more than anything.

Believe in yourself.
Be the one of a hundred that has a belief.
Instead of just fucking jaw jack talk of intent.

You only live once.
But if you work it right,
once is enough my friends.

GREG PLITT
1977 – 2015

See Related:
Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video
Dream – Motivational Video
Unbroken – Motivational Video
The Mind – Motivational Video
Unstoppable – Motivational Video
Vision – Motivational Video

Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M

王德順 – Age is no excuse. Be the Brightest & Fiercest version of yourself.

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Introducing the coolest, brightest, and fiercest male model – 王德順 (Wang Deshun)
This man literally crushed any excuse that age matters, that we are too old to achieve our goals and dreams, that retirement is the only way to go when we are 75 years old and above. The story of his life and his performance at the runway show has inspired people around the whole to achieve their own dreams and goals.

Watch below for a short inpirational clip on how to be the fiercest version of yourself

English Transcript | 中文副本 | 《《船》》

My name is Wang Deshun
Born and raised in Shenyang, China
Many people started noticing me after a catwalk show
Some people call me “The Hottest Grandpa”
Some also said that I’m an instant Internet sensation
But you know what, to prepare for this day
I’ve been preparing for 60 years
At 24, I was a theatrical actor
At 44, I started learning English
At 49, I created my own pantomime troupe
and went to Beijing, became a “Beijing Drifter”
I had nothing to my name, starting everything from scratch

At 50, stepped into my first gym
started working out
At 57, I returned to the stage
and created the world’s only form of performance art
called “Living Sculpture Performance”

At 70, I really got into working out
At 79, I got on my first catwalk
I’m 80 this year, and I still got some left in me
I still have dreams to achieve

Believe me, human potential can be explored
When you think it’s too late
be careful you don’t let that
become your excuse for giving up
No one can keep you from success
except yourself
When it’s time to shine,
be the brightest

I am Wang Deshun
I’m the fiercest North-Easterner

中文副本 | English Transcript | 《《船》》

我是王德顺
地地道道的沈阳人
一场T台走秀 让很多人认识了我
有人叫我最帅大爷
也有人说 我一夜爆红

可是你知道吗?
为了这一天
我足足准备了六十年
二十四岁我当话剧演员
四十四岁开始学英语
四十九岁创造了造型哑剧
到北京 成了一名老北漂
没房没车 一切从头开始

五十岁 我进了健身房 开始健身
五十七岁 我再次走上了舞台
创造了世界唯一的艺术形式
它叫活雕塑

七十岁 我开始有意识的练腹肌
七十九岁 我走上了T台
我今年八十岁了
还有梦 还有追求

相信我
人的潜能是可以挖掘的
当你说太晚了的时候
你一定要谨慎
它可能是你退却的借口
没有谁能阻止你成功
除了你自己
该炫自己的时候
千万不要对自己手软

我是王德顺
我是最炫东北人

And also, a beautiful and powerful poem he delivered at the end of his talk
追求生命的亡命徒 – 王德順 (2015/08/23)

《《船》》 | English Transcript | 中文副本

我有过多次这样的奇遇
从天堂到地狱
只在 瞬息之间
每一朵温柔可爱的浪花
都成了突然崛起 随即倾倒的高山

每一滴海水都变脸 变色
刚刚还是那样美丽蔚蓝
骤然间旋涡纠缠着旋涡
把我被抛向了高空 又投进了深渊

当时 我甚至想到过轻生
眼前一片苦海无边
放弃希望 那就像放弃舵柄了
面对暴力 只能沉默和哀叹

今天 我才有资格嘲笑昨天的自己
为昨天落叶似的惶恐 而感到羞惭
唉 虚度了多少年华
船身多次被礁石撞穿

千万次在大洋里撒网
才捕获到一点点生活的经验
才恍然大悟
啊…… 道理原来如此的浅显

你要航行吗?
必然会有千妖百怪出来阻挡
暴虐的欺凌是他们的游戏
制造灭亡是它们惟一的才干

命中注定 我要常常和它们相逢
因为我的名字叫做船呐
也许我的样子比它们更可怕
但我以命相拼一往无前

只要我还有一根完整的龙骨
我绝不驶进那避风的港湾
把生命放在征途上
让勇敢来决定道路的宽窄长短

我完完全全的自由了
船头成为埋葬它们的铁铲
我在波浪中有节奏地跳跃
就像荡着一个巨大的秋千

即使它们终于把我撕碎
变成一些残破的木片
我不会沉沦 决不
我会在浪尖上飞旋

后来者还会在残片上认出我来
未来的诗人 会喟然长叹
这里有一个幸福的灵魂
它曾经是前进着的航船

PS: He resembles an anime character.
His gusto, zest and awesomeness
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Maybe he is Captain Yamamoto in disguise😛

The Value of Honour – Jack Ma


Mr Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, specially recorded this video for the Honour International Symposium, which was held from 19-20 May 2016 in Singapore

English Transcript | 中文副本

Greetings everyone!

It is a special honour to be invited to the symposium. However, due to work conflicts, I regret that I cannot attend and partake in the insightful discussions. However, I have a special interest in today’s topic and have many thoughts to share and discuss as well as to learn from you all. In this regard I would like to pay special thanks to the symposium organizers for allowing me the opportunity to show my video.

At first, I questioned both my English and Chinese language abilities as I could not precisely translate “Honour” to Chinese. In the end, I was relieved when I learned many of you also had trouble translating the meaning of this word into Chinese. In fact, when you carefully consider the meaning of “Honour” and the principles it embodies it has been ingrained in Chinese people for thousands of years and has also been deeply embedded in the “bones” of Chinese people around the world.

Chinese have long understood that in order to do things completely you must complete certain tasks first. As a first step, China took to thoroughly considering and understanding the meaning of compassion, justice, courtesy and wisdom before realizing the past two thousand years of glory, politics, culture, art, and economics. Each of these areas have been great achievements for China.

Over the past 800 years the rise in China’s GDP ranked first in the world. “The Analects of Confucius” is only 11,000 characters long, only taking the space of one page of a newspaper today, but this important literary work has influenced and guided China for 2,000 years. Similarly, today’s symposium represents a topic of equal importance because the next 2,000 years of human development also needs our influence and guidance.

I believe that Singapore has set an example for the Chinese-speaking world and I fully agree with the beliefs of the Singapore government, the level of development that it has achieved today and its international status but the most important factor is its steadfast commitment to “Honour” and everything that it includes: respect, righteousness, integrity, responsibility, etc.

When I first started doing business, I asked my wife if she would rather have a husband that is rich or one that has values and is well respected. She replied, of course have values and be respected. Because at that time, most people did not believe I could make money.

In the past, I did not look highly on businessmen. Furthermore, I believed the societal value created by businessmen was very limited. However, after I had my own business, I realized that if you want to last long and be successful your daily considerations and analyses should have nothing to do with money. Decisions that are made related to money are not strategic. Instead, the decisions that aren’t made based on profit and instead made based on values are actually the truly strategic ones. Hence, I have always believed that a good finance director would not make a good chairman because a good finance director is always thinking about money. People that have money fully occupying their mind have difficulties in doing good things and have difficulty in being good friends.

I realized that if you want to last long and be successful your daily considerations and analyses should have nothing to do with money.

When Alibaba was founded, we were in a very difficult situation. We had nothing. Nobody believed in what we did. Everyone said we were crazy people or cheaters but what actually allowed us to survive? Was it money? In fact, we had no money. Was it resources? We had no resources. Was it human talent? In fact, our human talent all ran away when they saw our situation. In fact, what we had were our values. Our values included: customers first, team spirit, and integrity. And when you look at these areas they appear empty and worthless. When Alibaba first started, we were really poor. But we believed in the future development of the internet. We had a dream of creating a future. We had our own values for doing business.

We started out by helping Chinese foreign trade companies with their overseas orders, charging them annual fees. But after a year had passed, these companies’ transaction value did not even exceed their annual fees to us. Our staff felt heart broken and felt like they let their clients down. During the end of year’s visit, our staff spoke to them with honesty: Ecommerce will have a great future but results may not be instant. Perhaps you can get a refund and not sign up next year.’ What resulted instead was that our clients encouraged our young employees. “It takes time and training for foreign clients to migrate online. Your considerations of our business have earned our belief and trust.” There have been many similar companies and even from over ten years ago until now they remain Alibaba’s clients.

After ten plus years of building businesses, my most profound thought is that, as a businessman, the most important decision to determine a company’s destiny has nothing to do with money. Many people have asked me, “Jack why are you so capable Jack?” I said, in fact I’m not very capable, it’s just that we are lucky. Other people have said, “Jack, you are so lucky and succeed every time.” I don’t feel like this is the case. In fact, our success was due to right choices we made. Alibaba has grown to this point today because we made a few critical choices.

The first case was in 2002 when the internet bubble burst, Alibaba had to survive. During that time the company was in a difficult situation but we set a goal of making $1 profit. At that time if we didn’t make any profit we would die and the most painful issue was in order to win website design business we had to offer bribes. So we held an all-day meeting in Hangzhou. We understood that if we offered bribes we could survive but if we didn’t our company would likely die. I remember that day we met until 4pm and finally decided we would never offer bribes. We would rather close down the company. We would not operate without integrity. We would rather together find new jobs and continue to maintain integrity.

In 2002, because we maintained our integrity, we started to make a profit. After we started to make profit we discovered during our end of year review that two employees accounted for over 60% of the entire group’s sales. And we discovered these two employees were giving kickbacks, commissions, and bribes. So what should we do? If we fire them immediately, the company will not have profit. If we do not kick these two employees out then what does this say about us? It would imply that our words are empty so in the end we decided to let these two employees go. “Do not bribe”, this rule is written into Alibaba’s employee code of conduct. Employees that violate this rule are immediately expelled.

After Alibaba became a large company, bribes started to flow the other way around. We set new rules that forbid employees to take bribes. We have billions worth of procurement contracts every year. In our contracts we include this sentence: “Thank you for doing business with us. We hope that in our future business interactions our employees cannot ask for bribes and you will not offer us bribes. If we discover any such related problems, our group will never do business with you.” This is written in our contracts.

Today, Alibaba employees are well respected in the community. This isn’t because our business has grown large but rather the result of the many codes of conduct our employees follow. In many places, our employees are warmly welcomed. But our employees are not allowed to accept free car rides or meals. Small gifts, even a piece of candy is sent back. Otherwise the employee’s value score will be very low, and even be subject to penalties.

There was one time when I sat in a salesperson training session. The training instructor was speaking about how to sell hair combs to monks. After listening for five minutes, I got extremely angry and expelled the instructor. I thought the instructor was a cheater because monks do not need combs in the first place. So to sell a product to a client that doesn’t need it is deceptive and not skill-based sales. This practice was a significant challenge to our values.

The second choice we made at Alibaba was Alipay. As soon as we launched Taobao it quickly became very popular. However, many users communicated online without transactions actually occurring due to the lack of trust between strangers.

People were not willing to provide payment in advance and no one was willing to ship merchandise first. Our biggest problem was to solve this transaction problem.

That year I participated in the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos with the intent to find a solution to this problem. Instead, I discovered that all the businessmen were discussing corporate social responsibility. During my time at Davos, I suddenly realized that if we wanted to develop e-commerce in China, we needed to do something that had true value, something that would promote societal development. Without it we will never succeed. To do something like this requires tremendous responsibility. Without it, we will not be able to get anything done.

The lack of development in China’s ecommerce was due to one missing piece—a mechanism that could facilitate trust between people.

I believe that Alipay is the mechanism that can fulfil this gap. That same night at Davos, I called my friends and colleagues. I said, “Immediately, right now. Let’s create this product, let’s launch Alipay.” I understand the regulatory risks associated with creating Alipay in China, and if someone needs to go to jail for this product, I will go.

China is a country that has valued credibility and integrity. Confucius has said, “Every day, I self-reflect on three issues.” During ancient times people self-reflected on three issues a day, two of these three issues are related to sincerity and honesty: did I try my best in helping others and did I keep my word when engaging with friends. Chinese value credibility but lacks a system of trust. If Alipay wants to have value in China it must establish a trust system.

Today, Alibaba has built a trust system in China: users provide reviews, Alipay facilities transactions, and all the actions taken on our platform is data which helps inform credibility and credit ratings.

Only with this system, would it be possible for users to send strangers money and merchandise solely based on a picture and a few sentences posted online.

Today, we have millions of daily visitors on our site. Sometimes an order can represent a diamond worth several hundred thousands or a car worth millions. A few days ago, we sold 100 Mercedes-Benz in only 25 seconds. As a result, without this trust system, these transactions would be nearly impossible. What makes us most proud today is not how many products we sold but rather the trust system Alibaba has built. We proved to everyone in a commercial manner how much trust is worth. We built a system of trust. We are also a beneficiary of the system. This system provides the foundation for Alibaba to achieve $500 billion in sales during our fiscal year. The power of honour is tremendous.

If the past 30 years of China’s development relied on its advantage in population size and the relatively low price of labour. Then in the coming years China should not look to rely on having cheaper products but instead rely on the trust or honour between people. If there is a significant human potential that has not been realized I believe mutual trust and credibility is the biggest undiscovered fortune. Only when we pay attention and care about “Honour” will we “Honour” ourselves. I believe it is only then that we can earn other people’s “Honour.”

Many thanks to the symposium organizers for inviting me, and I am very sorry that I was not able to be here personally for the meetings. Congratulations to everyone here. Thank you all!

中文副本 | English Transcript

大家好!

很荣幸得到大会的邀请。非常遗憾因为工作的原因,我不能来到现场,加入大家的讨论。不过我对今天的话题特别感兴趣。有很多话想说,想和大家交流,也向大家学习。所以也要得别感谢大会给我这个视频的机会。

一开始我对自己的英文和中文都产生了怀疑。因为我发现在汉语里很难准确的找到一个词,这个“Honour”这个词的汉文。后来我知道你们中间,原来也有很多人其实跟我一样,也不是很能够找到这个词的真真确确的含义,我就很放心了。

其实仔细想想“Honour”的内涵,它包涵的道理,已经陪伴中国人几千年了,也深入到了世界上各个角落华人的骨髓。?

中国人很早就明白,要做成事,什么东西才是第一位的?

中国是先把仁、义、礼、智、信这些道理都想明白了,想彻底了,才有了后面两千年的辉煌。

政治、文化、艺术、经济,每一样都非常了不起。

中国曾经有八百年的GDP是在全世界排第一的,论语才11000多字,也就只有今天报纸的一个版面,但是一下子就影响并治理了中国两千多年,所以我知道今天的大会非常的重要,因为我们要管好接下来人类发展的两千年的文明。

新加坡给华人世界做了一个表率,我非常赞同新加坡政府所相信的,新加坡能够有今天的发展、今天的国际地位,最重要的是坚守了“Honour”所包含的东西,就是:尊重、正义、诚信、责任、担当等等。

我刚开始做生意的时候,问我太太,你希望你的丈夫将来是很有钱,还是很受人尊重?她回答说,当然是受人尊重。

因为很多人那个时候认为我不会赚钱,我以前也看不起商人,我也认为无商不奸,而且商人创造的社会价值非常有限,等我自己做了企业以后,我才明白,其实一个企业家要做得久,做得好,他每天考虑的大部分事情都应该跟钱没有关系,跟钱有关的都不是战略性的,不以利益为出发点的战略决策才是真正的庙堂之策。

所以我一直相信一个好的财务总监很难做好董事长,因为好的财务总监脑子里全部都是钱。脑子里全是钱的人,是很难做好事情,很难做好朋友。

阿里巴巴一开始那么难,什么都没有,没有人相信我们要做的事情,人人都说我们是疯子、是骗子,但究竟是什么让我们这个企业活下来?是钱吗?其实我们根本没有钱;是资源吗?我们也没有资源。 是人才吗?其实人才跑到我们公司看到这个状况都跑了。

我们其实有的是价值观,我们有的是客户第一、团队精神、诚信,而这些东西看起来都很虚,很不值钱。

阿里巴巴一开始,其实我们真的非常穷,但是我们有对互联网发展的信念,我们有对创建未来的梦想,我们有自己做事的价值观。

刚开始的时候,我们帮助外贸企业在网上接出口订单,每年收外贸企业的年费,但是一年下来,交易额还不如他们交的年费多。我们的员工,心里觉得很过意不去,觉得很对不起人家,年底客户走访的时候,就老老实实跟对方说,电子商务这个东西将来会很好,但是没有那么立竿见影,要不你们就退钱,明年别再签了。

结果我们的客户反过来会鼓励我们的年轻人,说外贸客户要从传统渠道到网上来,那是需要时间、需要培养,您既然这么为我们着想,我们相信你们。

所以很多这样的公司十多年了,到现在还是阿里巴巴的客户。这十多年创业走过来,最深的一个感触,就是一个企业家做的最重要的选择,决定公司命运的选择,基本上都是跟钱无关的选择。有很多人说,马云你为什么那么厉害?其实我说不是我们厉害,也是我们运气好。但也有人说,马云你怎么运气这么好,每次都能成功?我觉得也不是那样,其实是我们做的选择比较正确一点而已。

阿里巴巴发展到今天,确实有几次关键性的选择:

第一次是阿里巴巴要活下来,2002年互联网泡沫破灭,那时候公司非常艰难,但我们提出了必须要盈利1块钱,那时候不盈利我们就死掉了,那时最痛苦的一件事情就是帮人家做互联网的网页,你必须要给贿赂,不给贿赂,人家就不和你做生意,所以我们在杭州开会讨论了一天,如果给别人贿赂我们就有可能活着;如果我们不给别人贿赂,我们就可能死掉了。直到下午4点多,我记得那天,我们决定,我们永远不给别人贿赂,永远不行贿,宁可公司关了,我们不做这家公司,我们一起再去找工作,也必须要坚持诚信的底线。

到了2002年我们居然那年因为坚持了自己的诚信底线,开始赚钱了,赚钱以后呢,我们看了下年终,我们发现有两个员工,他们两个人的业绩就超过了我们整个集团销售团队的60%,而这两个人我们发现是给人佣金了,给人贿赂了,你说怎么办?如果把这两个人当即开除,那么公司就不赚钱了;如果不开除这两个员工,那么意味着什么,意味着我们所讲的一切都是虚话,所以我们最后的决定还是开除了这两个员工,不贿赂,直到现在都写在阿里巴巴的员工守则里,谁要是触犯了,我们就会立刻开除。

阿里巴巴做大以后,行贿这个事情倒过来了,我们规定不准员工拿贿赂,我们一年内有几个亿几十亿的采购,我们在合同里写了这一句话:感谢您跟我们做生意,我们希望跟您未来在做生意的过程中,我们的员工不能向您索要贿赂,您也绝对不允许给我们一分钱的贿赂,如果我们发现有任何这样的问题,我们公司集团内将永不跟您做生意。这是我们在合同上写好的。

现在阿里巴巴员工走出去,是很受人尊敬的。这个不是因为我们生意做大了,而是我们的员工有很多的规矩,现在很多地方接待我们是很热情的,但是我们的员工,不能让别人的车来接,不能吃人家请的饭,拿一颗糖都要送回去,不然他的价值观打分就会很低,甚至会受到处罚。后来有一次,我们销售人员在培训,我去看了下,发现培训老师在讲怎么样把梳子卖给和尚,我听了5分钟,我非常生气,就把这个培训老师给开除了,因为我觉得是骗子,因为和尚本来就不需要梳子。

把产品卖给那些不需要这个产品的客户,我认为这就是骗术而不是销售之术,这对我们的价值观是巨大的挑战。

阿里巴巴做的第二个选择,是支付宝。淘宝建立起来的时候很快就非常热闹、非常火。但是网上咨询的很多,没有交易,因为没有人相信陌生人,谁也不愿意先把钱付出去,谁也不愿意把货先付出去。如何解决交易的问题,是我们最大的问题。

那一年我刚好去了达沃斯,我想去找到如何完成这样一个交易的目的和方法。但是后来我发现,所有的企业家都在那里谈论着企业的社会责任。我在达沃斯的时候突然想明白了,如果我们要在中国发展电子商务,我们必须去做一件真正有价值的事情,去真正推动社会的进步,真正的去创造独特的价值,不然我们永远发展不起来。而要做到这一点,需要有巨大的担当,没有担当,任何事情都不可能做成,中国电子商务发展不起来,就是缺少一个让人和人之间建立信任的东西,而这个东西,我觉得就应该由支付宝来解决。

当天晚上我在达沃斯打电话给我的朋友和同事,我说立刻现在马上去做这个产品,启动支付宝这个产品,如果说因为这个产品要去坐牢那就是我去。其实中国一直是一个讲诚信的国家,吾日三省吾身,古人每天反省自己的三件事,有两件事关乎诚信:为人办事有没有尽力;与朋友相交是否守信用。中国讲诚信但是中国缺乏诚信体系,支付宝在中国要有价值,就必须建立这么一个诚信的体系。

现在阿里巴巴在中国建立了一个诚信体系,用户给你评价,支付宝帮助你交易,最后你的一切痕迹都是数据,而数据留下来,产生了强大的信用。有了这套体系,你才有可能在网上只凭一张图片和几句介绍,就可以向陌生人付钱,向陌生人寄出商品。

我们现在每天有上亿人次的点击,有时候一单生意就是几十万的钻石,上百万的汽车。前几天我们用了25秒钟卖出了100辆奔驰,所以没有诚信体系,这一切几乎全不可能。

今天我们最骄傲的不是阿里巴巴卖出了多少商品,而是阿里巴巴建设了一个诚信的体系,用商业的方法向所有人证明了诚信值多少钱,我们建造了一套诚信的体系,我们自己也是这个体系的受益者,这是阿里巴巴一个财年为什么能够实现5000亿美元销售的基石,诚信的力量是巨大的,如果说中国过去三十年的发展,依靠的是人口红利,是廉价劳动力,那么接下来,中国可以依靠不是货品与货品之间的差价,而是人与人之间的互信。如果说人类还有什么红利没有被发掘的话,那我相信,信任、互信是最大的未开发财富,我们也只有自己关注,care这个“Honour”,只有自己“Honour”自己,我相信才能赢得别人对你的“Honour”。

所以感谢大会的邀请,很遗憾没有机会来参与这个大会,在这儿向大家表示祝贺,谢谢大家!

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Facing the Giants – Death Crawl Motivation Speech

Video Transcript:

Random Dude 1: Man, that’s not even funny, dude. Oh Yeah.

Random Dude 2: So, Coach, how strong is Westview this year?

Brock: A lot stronger than we are.

Coach: You already written Friday night down as a loss, Brock?

Brock: Well, not if I know we could beat them.

Coach: Come here, Brock. You too, Jeremy.

Brock: What? Am I in trouble now?

Coach: Not yet. I wanna see you do the death crawl again except I wanna see your absolute best.

Brock: What? You want me to go to the 30?

Coach: I think you can go to 50.

Brock: The 50? I can go to 50 if nobody’s on my back.

Coach: I think you can do it with Jeremy on your back, but even if you can’t I want you to promise me that you’re gonna do your best.

Brock: All right.

Coach: Your best.

Brock: OK.

Coach: You’re gonna give me your best?

Brock: I’m gonna give you my best.

Coach: All right, one more thing. I want you to do it blindfolded.

Brock: Why?

Coach: I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further. Get down. Jeremy, get on his back. Now, get a good tight hold, Jeremy. All right. Let’s go Brock. Keep your knees off the ground. Use your hands and feet. There you go. A little bit left. A little bit left. There you go. Show me good effort. Ataway, Brock. You keep coming. There you go.

Coach: It’s a good start. Little bit left. Little bit left. There you go, Brock. Good strength. That’s it, Brock. That’s it.

Brock: Am I at the 20 yet?

Coach: Forget the 20. You give me your best. You keep going. That’s it. Don’t stop Brock. You got more in you than that.

Brock: I ain’t done. Just resting a second.

Coach: You gotta keep moving. Let’s keep moving. Let’s go. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. There you go. Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving Brock. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Your very best. Your very best. YOUR VERY BEST. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. Don’t quit on me. Keep going. Keep driving it. Keep your knees off the ground. That’s it. Your very best. Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. I want everything you got. Come on, keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go.

Brock: He’s heavy.

Coach: I know.

Brock: I’m about out of strength.

Coach: Then you negotiate with your mind to find more strength, but don’t you give up on me, Brock. You keep going, you hear me? You keep going. You’re doing good. You keep going. Do not quit on me. You keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: I know it hurts. You keep going. It’s not hard from here. 30 more steps. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Keep going.

Brock: It burns.

Coach: Then let it burn.

Brock: My arms are burning.

Coach: It’s all heart. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Come on. Keep going. You promised me your best. Your best. Don’t stop. Keep going.

Brock: It’s too hard.

Coach: It’s not too hard. You keep going. Come on, Brock.Give me more. Give me more. Keep going. 20 more steps. 20 MORE. Keep going, Brock. Give me your best. Don’t quit. No. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Brock Kelley, you don’t quit. Keep going. Keep going. Go, Brock Kelley. You don’t quit on me. No, you keep going. You keep going. Go, Brock. 10 more steps. 10 more. 10 more. 10 more. Keep going. Don’t quit. Give me your heart.

Brock: I can’t do it.

Coach: You can. You can. Five more. Five more. Come on, Brock. Come on. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Come on Brock. Two more. One more.

Brock : That’s gotta be 50. That’s gotta be 50. I don’t have any more.

Coach: Look up, Brock. You’re in the end zone. Brock, you are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they. Now tell me you can’t give me more than what I’ve been seeing. You just carried a 140-pound man across this whole field on your arms. Brock, I need you. God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership. Don’t waste it.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: Can I count on you?

Brock: Yes.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: What is it, Jeremy?

Jeremy: I weigh 160.

Random Coach: All right. Who’s next?

Tribute to Muhammad Ali – Compilation of Ali’s Best Quotes

Muhammad Ali Tribute: Jan 1942 - Jun 2016

The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time
Jan 1942 – Jun 2016

Compilation of Muhammad Ali quotes across the web
(sorted based on LEN count)

  1. Don’t feel sorry for me.
  2. What keeps me going is goals.
  3. I shook up the world. Me! Whee!
  4. Superman don’t need no seat belt.
  5. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
  6. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
  7. The white man is destroying the world.
  8. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  9. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  10. My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  11. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
  12. Don’t count the days; make the days count.
  13. A man who has no imagination has no wings.
  14. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.
  15. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
  16. Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
  17. America is the greatest country in the world.
  18. I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.
  19. Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapour.
  20. No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.
  21. It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.
  22. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
  23. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.
  24. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
  25. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  26. It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
  27. I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.
  28. My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
  29. My principles are more important than the money or my title.
  30. I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.
  31. When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
  32. The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
  33. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  34. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
  35. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.
  36. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  37. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  38. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
  39. Joe Frazier got hit more than me – and he doesn’t have Parkinson’s.
  40. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  41. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
  42. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  43. Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it’s like we don’t even exist.
  44. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.
  45. Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
  46. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
  47. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
  48. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
  49. White people just don’t want their slaves to be free. That’s the whole thing.
  50. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  51. Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.
  52. Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
  53. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  54. I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
  55. Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
  56. There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
  57. It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
  58. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  59. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  60. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  61. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  62. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  63. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  64. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
  65. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.
  66. He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
  67. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  68. You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.
  69. Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
  70. Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
  71. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
  72. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
  73. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
  74. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.
  75. If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
  76. If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.
  77. I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
  78. I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
  79. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
  80. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
  81. I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
  82. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
  83. I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
  84. Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
  85. I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
  86. I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
  87. I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
  88. To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
  89. The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
  90. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.
  91. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  92. The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain’t ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month?
  93. No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.
  94. I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
  95. I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.
  96. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
  97. When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
  98. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  99. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  100. You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.
  101. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
  102. My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
  103. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.
  104. We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
  105. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.
  106. I should be a postage stamp; because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. I can’t possibly be beat.
  107. No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
  108. People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
  109. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
  110. I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
  111. I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
  112. Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.
  113. To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’
  114. I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
  115. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it. Jesse Jackson said this as early as 1983, according to the Associated Press, and Ali used it in his 2004 book.
  116. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.
  117. God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
  118. I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the Day of Judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.
  119. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  120. Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.
  121. Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.
  122. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
  123. Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.
  124. I would say things like ‘I am the greatest! I’m pretty! If you talk jive, you’ll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I’m pretty!’ When white people heard me talking like this, some said, ‘That black man talks too much. He’s bragging.’
  125. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.
  126. The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighbourhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighbourhoods?
  127. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
  128. My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favourites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ they contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.

Watch how the legend float like a butterfly:

And sting like a bee:

References:
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VISION – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Mayday, mayday, mayday! Bravo 160 heavy. Emergency descent!

We have as humans
We have something that no animal has
And what is called is, imagination
And what imagination allows you to do
it allows you to see it
Before it actually happened

What I mean by that is
I need you to go 10 years into the future
20 years into the future
And I need you to see yourself
Actually becoming the person you want to be

You gotta live in the forward

Block the whole world out
Put some music on
Some classical music
Right, the piano music
I don’t know what you need to listen to
But I want you to take 30 minutes
Go in the closet, go in the basement
Go to the library, go into a room alone.
And I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you to imagine
I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you live in the forward

See the problem is
I’m talking to some of you guys
The problem that you’re having is
You’re living in the future and you’re living in the present
And you keep talking about the mistakes
And you keep talking about the past
And you keep talking about your trials
And you keep talking about your situation

And I want you to know
That everybody that has ever been great
Everybody has had a obstacle to overcome
They had a barrier that they had to climb
There is no individual who’s ever reached success
And he didn’t have to go through
A obstacle or a barrier to get there
I need you to live in the future
I need you to go in your future every single day
I need you to go in your future
I need you to see what you’re going to be

Listen to me
What you are to be, you are now becoming
So you gotta use your imagination
And your imagination has to take you beyond the pain
Your imagination has to take you beyond the trouble
Your imagination has to take you to the next level
We have to see ourselves there long before it happens

The second rule is
We’ve gotta embrace faith
I had to have faith and believe that the thing that I see
10 years from now
20 years from now
That one day that thing is gonna be successful

When I was homeless at 16
I could have quit
When I was homeless
I could have given up
There were many a day that I thought about
Commiting suicide

But I said to myself
“E just keep imagining, keep thinking, keep seeing”
Keep seeing what you’re not now
But what you’re going to be
Sometimes it’s gonna be hard
Sometimes you gonna look all around you
And nowhere do you see success
Nowhere do you see anything that
Remotely looks like success
But you gotta embrace

Number 2: You gotta embrace the faith
You gotta believe that
Although it’s not happening right now
If you keep pressing
If you keep pushing, guess what?
One day is gonna be your day
That’s right
I need you to say that with me
One day is gonna be your day
Embrace the faith
You gotta be able to see it and believe it
When there is no evidence around you
When there is no evidence around you
When you got pain in your life, when you are tired
When you feel like giving up
And you feel like quitting
When you look around you
And you don’t see anything that looks anything like success
You gotta embrace the faith
And believe that one day is gonna be my day
But one day can’t be your day if you give up
If you quit
If you quit, no day will ever be your day

I want you to fail forward
That’s right. I said it. Fail forward.
I want you to get to a place in your life
That every mistake you make
Every setback you get
Right, every obstacle that you don’t overcome
Every barrier you can’t climb
I don’t want you to give up
But I want you to fail forward

You gotta learn from your mistakes
That every mistake you make
You failed that class? Get back up and try again!
You lose a job? Get back up and try again!
You put all your money in an investment?
Get back and try again!
If you start a business and it don’t work
Don’t stop, don’t quit!
Fail forward
Learn from each and every one of your mistakes

Don’t quit. Don’t give up
Listen to me. Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
If it gets hard, you tie a knot around yourself
You double tie it if you have to, but you hold on
But I want you to know, you’ll never reach your goal
You’ll never reach your dreams
If you don’t use your imagination

So when you failed that class
Don’t drop it
When you failed that class don’t just stop going
You’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
Because I want you to know something
When you start that class over the next semester
You won’t be starting from scratch
You won’t be starting from the bottom
Because you were all the way up here when you quit
And now all you gotta do is go a little further
And a little further
So keep reaching
Keep climbing

But it started with a vision

Fear
Is not real
The only place that fear can exist
Is in our thoughts of the future
It is a product of our imagination
Causing us to fear things
That do not, at present and may not ever, exist
Fear is a choice

Only those who risk going too far
Can possibly find out how far one can go

I want your dream be so clear
That when you wake up in the morning
All you gotta do is step in your dream

And the first step for me
Was seeing something I was not before I was

You can do it
Where you are is temporary
You will not be there for rest of your life

I don’t care what happens in your life
I don’t care what it looks like
I don’t care where you are
Every single day you wake up
If you’re gonna have energy
If you’re gonna have passion
If you’re gonna have drive
Every day you wake up
You gotta start with that vision

This is the mentally like
You gotta live this
You gotta eat this
Every single thing you do
It’s not a cute saying
It is a way of life
It’s got to possess everything you do
It’s got to own you

There’s no reason to have a plan B
Because it distracts from plan A

I want to see how far I can go
I want to see what I can accomplish
I want to see what I can do
What I can be
What I can have. I want to see.
I don’t want to see what I think I can do
I don’t want to see what I think is possible
I wanna see what my life will look like
If I don’t count the cost
And I was willing to go further
Than anybody was willing to

One problem
The violin
Because to do what you do
You have got to be a world class violinist
Because if you don’t
When you’re moving around
Being thrown around and still trying to play
You end up doing what you did
That is missing loads of notes
And there were times when it sounded to me
Like a bunch of rats being strangled.
Seriously, that bad.
But you’re not good enough, I don’t think
To get away with flying through the air
And trying to play the violin at the same time

I don’t think what you’re doing right now
Is enough to fill a theater in Vegas

That much movement made you not as great as you were
Made you not as great as you were

Anytime there’s a change to be made
You have to realize that
There is somewhere else you wanna be
And I want to basically be happy

You can’t do anything without faith
it’s impossible to accomplish anything without faith
So i need you to believe
There is still time
As long there is a breath in your nostrils
As long as you can wake up in the morning

The first step
Before anybody else in the world believes it
Is you have to believe it
So I need you to believe

Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling
you got to go through to get where you wanna get
Who’s got the right to stop you?
I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished
Something you really want to do
Something you never said to someone, something…
And you’re told no, even after you paid your dues?
Who’s got the right to tell you that, who?
Nobody
It’s your right to listen to your gut
It ain’t nobody’s right to say no
After you earned the right to be where you want to be
And do what you want to do

You gotta do what you was called to do
You gotta do what you was born to do
You gotta do what works for you
Because if you do what works for you
you’re gonna blow up!

It’s in your DNA!
It’s who you are!

Even if you get knocked down
You get back up, you get back up, you get back up
And you continue to throw shit against the wall!

You have a vision, but listen to me
You are where you are because of who you are
And if you’re going to get somewhere else
You’re gonna have to change something

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Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M

Unstoppable – Motivational Video


Video Transcript:

So you thought it was the end of the story.
You thought that one single event that one single moment was enough for him to stand among the great.

Sleep. ‘I don’t sleep.’ You thought that was it.

So you thought it was over? Well it’s just getting started.

This is the art where you re-invent yourself.
It’s time to get tested, to test your will, your endurance; it’s time to test your art, to test your limits.

It’s about no days off. No weekends, no holidays, no birthdays. Listen to me! No days off! It’s about gaining the competitive edge.
You can’t afford to make excuses. No excuses when you feel pain. And trust me, you will feel it. And all you wanna do is give up. And all you wanna do is give in. When you feel like you’ve given all you got… you gotta take one more step, you gotta run one more lap, and you gotta throw one more punch. Until you reach the top.

Do you think he’s coming back?
I don’t know.

What do you fear?

You are no one.

This is your beginning but it doesn’t have to be your end.

Get off the ground. C’mon.

You can do nothing without faith! You are still special.

Is it beyond our reach?

I’m not afraid. I’m angry.

You can’t give in.

Behind every fear is the person you want to be. Fear is self-imposed, mean it doesn’t exist. You create it, you can destroy it. You face your fears and become the person you want to be.
You run from your fears, you’re not living. You are alive but you not digging the freedom. You are not running the day, the day is running you. We all fall down in life. The question is: Who gets back up?

You don’t owe these people any more. You’ve given them everything.
Not everything. Not yet.

And I’ve seen now what I would have to become to stop men like him. If you make yourself more than just a man… if you devote yourself to an ideal… and if they can’t stop you,
then you become something else entirely. Legend.

You go after it and you give it all you have. If you lose it, at least you tried, man! ‘I failed’ is ten times more of a man than someone said ‘what if?’ Cos ‘what if?’ Never went to the arena!

That’s called courage. Now that’s the stuff leaders should be made of.

You think something’s wrong maybe it’s time to stop. No it’s time to move free and further!

Mentally you must believe it before you physically start it.

I choose to rise, not fall!
I choose to live, not die!

Today will be that day
Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now, right here
Belief will change my world
History will remember me
I will define myself
I will never give up, not until I’ve given everything I got
Because who am I? I AM A CHAMPION!

I choose to fight back!

I’m coming.

All you need now is a little imagination. Your imagination does, whether you want to believe it or not, is a preview of your life’s coming attractions. If you can’t imagine what it’s gonna be, don’t ever expect physically looking into the mirror and see it.

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Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M

Jack Ma’s vision for Alibaba

Jack Ma’s Original Sales Pitch in 1999

English Transcript

Today, we are all here to discuss what we should do in the next five to ten years. So, what will Alibaba become in the future? Since we were working on China Pages, I’ve always said our competitors are not domestic websites, but overseas websites. Our competitors are not in China, but in America’s Silicon Valley.

So first, we should position Alibaba as a global website, not just a domestic website. Second, we need to learn the hard working spirit of Silicon Valley. If we go to work at 8am and go home at 5pm, this is not a high tech company, and Alibaba will never be successful. If we have that kind of 8am-to-5pm spirit, then we should just go and do something else.

Americans are strong at hardware and systems. But on information and software, Chinese brains are just as good as theirs. All of our brains are just as good as theirs. This is the reason we dare to compete with Americans. If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them. We can beat government agencies and big famous companies because of our innovative spirit. Otherwise, what is the difference between us and them?

Everybody knows the Internet is a bubble that keeps getting bigger and bigger. But when will it burst? Yahoo’s stock will fall and eBay’s stock will rise and maybe after eBay’s stock rises, Alibaba’s stock will rise. So don’t worry. The dream of the Internet won’t burst. We will have to pay painful price in the next 3 to 5 years. It is the only way we can succeed. So, the goal is Alibaba will IPO in 2002.

Chinese Transcript

而今天我想把大家请过来,跟大家共同探讨以后至少五年十年我们要做的事情。那么阿里巴巴我们将做成什么样? 我想从黄页的时候我就提过,黄页所要瞄准的对象不是国内站而是国际站,我们所有的竞争对手不在于中国,而在美国的硅谷。

如果说第一,我们把阿里巴巴定位就把它作为国际站点,我们不要把它定位国内站点。第二个呢我想就是我们要学会硅谷的那种拼劲,如果我们是早上八点钟上 班,五点钟下班,这个不是搞高科技,这个绝对不是我们阿里巴巴的精神,如果说我们以这种精神反正我上班八点钟上班,五点钟就下班了,赶紧去其他地方。

人家美国人强就强在硬件,强就强在他的系统就是这个这方面确实比我们高,但是玩信息玩软的,中国脑袋决不比别人差。我们在座的所有人的脑袋绝不比任 何人差。这就是我们敢跟美国人斗的机会,我们绝对敢斗,如果我们是好的Team好的团队,我们自己知道我们想做什么,我们想干点什么的时候,我相信我们是 可以一当十的。我们能够赢政府机构,我们能够赢其他很多的民营企业,大的企业的时候,凭的我们的精神,我们一手的创新概念,以及我们这种拼劲才能去斗,否则的话,跟他们什么区别呢?

谁都知道Internet是个泡沫,我刚才讲的危机感,就是Internet这个泡沫就越来越大,什么时候破,雅虎的股票掉了,eBay的股票会涨,有一天eBay的股票涨了后,阿里巴巴的胜出的股票涨,所以不要担心。我觉得Internet这个梦不会破,这个泡沫不会破,我们为后面的三五年所付出的代价是非常惨痛。只有这样惨痛的代价,才会赢得我们未来的取得成功,那么目标是2002年,阿里巴巴上市。

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Jack Ma advice on how to be successful in Life
The Value of Honour – Jack Ma

The Mind – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Your life is your life
Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
Be on the watch.
There are ways out.
There is a light somewhere.
It may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
Be on the watch.
The gods will offer you chances.
Know them.
Take them.
You can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
And the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
Your life is your life.
Know it while you have it.
You are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.
~ Charles Bukowski ~

If you’re going to try,
go all the way.
Otherwise,
don’t even start.
If you’re going to try,
go all the way.
This could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives,
jobs…
and maybe your mind.
Go all the way.
It could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail,
It could mean
derision,
mockery,
isolation.
Isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your endurance,
of how much you really want to do it.
And you’ll do it.
Despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
If you’re going to try,
go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with fire.
Do it.
Do it.
Do it.
DO IT.
All the way.
ALL THE WAY.
You will ride life
straight to perfect laughter,
its the only good fight
there is.
~ Charles Bukowski ~

Our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us
because our destiny lies above us.
~ Interstellar ~

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Dream – Motivational Video
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Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M
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At least for me🙂

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