Alibaba CEO & Billionaire Jack Ma’s thoughts on Business

I admire rich and successful people…

So when I get an email from a self made billionaire I pay attention. I want to share his observations because all evidence points to one fact. The only difference between us and people like Jack is our attitude about life and how we spend our 24 hours.

One of the newest developments in e-commerce is crowdfunding. Once the domain of startups and new inventions, now “growth stage” companies that have resources are using crowdfunding to strengthen what may already be a strong financial base with more money and raising larger amounts of money than ever before.

Crowdfunding has also turned out to be the best way to test the market value of a new product or service with “other peoples money.”  Crowdfunding is not a loan, success is totally dependent upon the strength of your sales story and the perceived value of your offer.

Now for Jack’s perspective….

Jack Ma“Is it getting harder and harder to do business now? 

Recently Alibaba CEO JACK MA shared his thoughts about this common TOPIC in 2015.

Here I translate and share with you:

Actually, it has never been easy to do business! Entrepreneurs have to put in relentless effort to succeed:

They spend day and night worrying about this and that.
They sacrifice time with their friends and families.
Their effort might simply be fruitless.
When people say it is easy to do business, they are just bragging.
You have to take all kinds of risks at all times.
It requires wholehearted devotion both physically and mentally.
To be rich overnight only exists in TV dramas.
You need to devote time and effort in order to establish a successful business.
Spending time and energy doesn’t guarantee success, but you can never succeed otherwise.

The first element of this kind of success is to have wholehearted devotion.

You must be passionate about what you are doing. Because when you have a heart for your own products and services, and you receive positive feedback from your customers, you will be grateful, and you will communicate with them with passion and patience. I believe people who often feel gratitude towards others are better prepared to succeed. It doesn’t matter if you fail at first, what really matters is the people who are interested in your products and services.

The second element for success is to put your brain to work.

Once you have decided what to do, you need to consider carefully how to do it. It is vital for small enterprises to find their own unique qualities—to be different and to have fun while developing your business, in order to create connections with your customers. Doing business is not simply about buying and selling, it is about creating and exploring the same set of values shared with your customers. Finding a customer who likes your prNeverGiveUpoducts is as valuable as finding a soul mate. Aren’t you grateful and excited to have found a soul mate?

The third element is to devote time, energy and physical strength to your business.

Most exemplary entrepreneurs find ways to improve their products and services wherever and whenever they are. They grab every opportunity and every minute to listen to their customers and their employees. They learn from their mistakes. They find hope when they are desperate and they find opportunities in their worries. Over the years, many said Taobao was simply lucky and it is true that there were elements of luck in its success. However, we are where we are today because we woke up early, we got off late and we did not sleep like a log, and we had much shorter holidays. We struggled day and night and picked ourselves up from disappointments and frustration.

The era of e-commerce has just begun. In the next three decades, it will take off. 

In the future you might not be selling real goods, but you will be using your creativity and originality, your hopes and dreams, to find not your customers but your soul mates. What you need to learn is not how to do business, but how to find the new way of life. You are not managing a business, you are becoming your better self.

The world is vast and e-commerce still has another 30 years. Let’s try it out. What if you manage to find your soul mates? It is OK if we aren’t loaded with cash. We just need to find friends who recognize us”

Thanks for those words of wisdom Jack…



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I started THE JAZZ GUMBO PROJECT because I had a vested interest in Cybermedia. I discovered the power of communication on a WHOLE NOTHA LEVEL. And I love jazz. My cousin came back from Vietnam and introduced me to Grover Washington Jr. From that point IT WAS ON AND POPPIN! The omnipotence of musical communication, whatever your preference is man’s only contribution to the entire biosphere. In fact the entire planet resonates to the sound of man.

We need to talk. The sound of man is a sad ass song at the moment. THE GANG OF THREE talks about this a lot. We see the world from very different perspectives. And we agree on the state of emergency. Panic now. Avoid the rush.

We make fun and laugh at it because all we can do is watch it happen. Just like you. But at least we can be honest about what is going on and share information to survive the inevitable. So the direction of this blog has taken a turn. As much as I would love to see a vibrant Jazz culture in Sin City this is more important. I’ve created this open forum because we need to talk. No rules. Express yourself. With no fear of criticism or reprisal. You can even use a fake identity. Just share your perspective.



A very close friend asked me,  “what kind of Pastor would take part in a forum that used the “F-Bomb” and more? THE RIGHT REV RHINO is the kind of pastor who is more concerned about the truth of the matter than being politically correct. AJ Watkins can talk about life and death. He has saved lives and taken them. He threw his bible into the sea after he lost a friend in combat. He picked it up again when he realized the need for truth in Christian teachings was more important than his pain.

Craig Sotkovsky aka PROFIT is a financial expert that has “been there and done that”. He currently lives outside of the US because he sees the connection between the diversions of media and the truth that the source of our true problems is high finance. Where is the money? Follow the money! Craig is here to tell you the economics is not commerce. Commodities are what is important. Water, food, shelter and your time are commodities. The government sees YOU as a commodity. So the language on our shows may get a bit rough. Craig is finishing his book “EVERYBODY PAYS A VIG”. Stay tuned for updates.

Rejj Smooth is just a media iconoclast that questions and substantiates everything that is mainstream media. If Rejj refers to it he has done his best to confirm that the report is true and accurate. The blessing of the internet is access to information, the curse is that the information accessed can come from unreliable sources with their own agenda. There are many full blown lies on the internet. Google “Tara Harris Muslim Hand Sign” for an example of a sensational lie that has threatened the lives and lively hood of innocent citizens.

I don’t believe that people should be censored. Who am I to judge. If you think a situation is fucked up. say that. Bullshit is bullshit. Being politically correct is an obstacle to communication. To participate in our forum you must agree to look past what may offend you in the delivery to be open to receive the message. Be a fucking adult!

THE GANG OF THREE is going to make fun of whatever they want to. Including your ass. So if you come put on your big girl panties. Or I promise you will wish that you had.

Naima Obaitori – In The Land of Peace – A Visual Representation

When you come to her shows you’ll definitely get a little bit of this and that…  

…and your emotions will soar from laughter to tears so you’ll never be bored, she’s got something for everyone.

Naima hails from the Windy City and her vocal versatility ranging from R&B, pop to rock and jazz have been heard from the Cotton Club in Chicago to inspirational music at the BB King’s Gospel Brunch.

As a songwriter (whose writing partner is the amazing Alex Alessandroni) Naima writes in various genres, but her heart is in Jazz.

Her jazz roots started in traditional style and her personal favorites are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.

Currently she is working to make her jazz more “danceable” in the styles of Jill Scott, Sade and Erykah Badu.

I spent 5 minutes with Naima before a show. As one of the founders of The Jazz Gumbo Project her vision of Jazz performance is what this site is about.

The Right Rev Rhino – Control Your Situation


2nd Chronicles 20:1-25

King James Version Utilized & Matthew Henry Commentary Utilized

This message points us to King Jehoshaphat and his 25 year reign.

We are reminded to look at his example of realizing that there are times when things will be beyond our control.

We must see and admit when we are losing control and ask God to step in and assist us as believers to overcome the threats and offenses that may impede our ability to grow God’s Kingdom as well as expand our own horizons and spiritual maturity.

Meet A Rising Star – David McCovy of 5LINX

Mr. McCovyThe New Face of Network Marketing

We stopped by the Las Vegas Office of David McCovy’s “ONE DREAM” Just in time to congratulate him on both an amazing career and his first anniversary in his newest business venture.

David has maintained a record of being within the top 7 producers in every rank category that he has earned in the 5LINX executive structure.


He calls his team  “ONE DREAM” because he believes that even within the different groups in 5LINX every one has the same objective to be financially independent and as David puts it,” to have their money and their time at the SAME time. Check out David’s interview below.


Zaina and the (Music Industry) Beast

Zaina Julliette BW
Beauty Takes on The Beast

I can’t cover the subject of how women are treated in the music industry enough. They often bring the most passion and dedication to their craft and pay the highest price to succeed.

Zaina Julliette has managed to accomplish some amazing things in the predatory world of the male dominated music industry.

In fact that Zaina is so busy developing her brand and performing before large audiences that it took more than a year for me to finally corner her for this interview.

In a market where cover artists are struggling and original music is treated like a terminal disease the fact that she is constantly working is nothing short of amazing.

Being beautiful and talented in this industry is all too often a fatal curse to a career. Looks can open doors that far too often lead to a “casting couch” or “knee pads on the carpet”. That applies to females and males as well.

When I finally caught up with Zaina I got her to speak about branding, the cost of beauty, her influences and the importance of careful team building. If you really want to learn how to be a success in the music business you must talk to someone who has succeeded on their own terms.

Energy and passion define Zaina. Here is a short clip of a rehearsal and her commentary on the business and advice for the “up and coming” artist.


Her name is her brand and she plans to bring her birth name as part of her brand as an “alter ego” and a special feature.

Beauty and the Music Beast:

The “Casting Couch Monster” is something that women and to a lesser degree men have to deal with in the music industry. Rumors will be spread and producers will fall in love, or lust with the artist. That is as bad as a dope dealer being their own best client.

Zaina recommends keeping a “sacred” distance and having a “representative” in between you and the clients. Someone that can play whatever role that you need them to play to get the project done.


Sly Stone, The Funkadlics, Prince, Michael Jackson and a little bit of Tina Turner. A big part of her art is loyalty and commitment to her band.


When you do a cover make it your own flavor. She did The BlackBirds cut, “Walking in Rhythym” and added funk and more vocals.

Listen and learn.

If I had to point out one thing that I came away with from this interview it would be to believe in YOUR vision and YOUR voice. Without belief in yourself  you have a slim chance of convincing someone else. Slim to none!

Zaina has been approached to be a “Sex Symbol” or the new “Queen of Funk”.

Check her out on these links and decide for yourself should she be either, neither, or both?

The Official Zaina Juliette Website

Hear Zaina on Reverb Nation

MoneyStone is Deep…

I was surprised to hear some original music at an open mic. 

After P-Funk and Motown covers the only thing that I heard that was original was a beautiful spoken word tribute to marriage by skilled young lady who goes by Solid Truth. And that was pretty effectively drowned out by bar noise. Too bad those people missed it.

Surprise is one of the spices of life and I was talking with Zaina Julliette about the lack of original music when MoneyStone said, “this will be original!” The next thing I knew he was on keys doin’ the damn thing.

When JET was huge.

It caught me so off guard that I had to post the video on Spacebook to find out who he was. Then I couldn’t remember if it was MoneyStone or MoneyBone, which although cool would defiantly not be appreciated. So I had to look him up.

When JET was huge.

MoneyStone was in JET MAGAZINE back in the day when you had to make people proud to get into JET. Even then he went past FUNKY he was “STINKY!” 

If you want to know what he is working on now you can check out his Facebook page.