Thirty, this is the self-evaluation of Confucius’s state of life at the age of 30 in The Analects of Confucius. The original text is: “I have ten and five ambitions to learn, thirty are standing, forty is not confusing, fifty knows destiny, sixty is pleasing, seventy is from the heart, not over the moment.” Although not everyone can do Kong Shengren, but later generations often regard these self-comments of Confucius as the ideal state of life that should be achieved at different stages of life. There are many explanations given by the descendants, and the more widely accepted explanations are: 30-year-olds should be able to rely on their own abilities, independently assume their own responsibilities, and have determined their own goals and developments in life. direction.
30 years old, what does it mean for a man? Perhaps it is the career, the family is in the midst of the sun, perhaps still struggling for the ideal and pursuit, hard work, perhaps at the crossroads of life, facing the choice… Some people describe the life status of a 30-year-old married man: the world Big, the child is small, there are many things, the banknotes are few, the others are laughing, the wife is screaming, the days are long, and he is busy.
30-year-old is like a threshold. When you accidentally cross it, it means that you have a confession for your first half of life. Let’s take a look at what the well-known business celebrities are doing in the golden years of their lives, and what they have said about their first half of life –
Bill Gates (founder, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft): climbing high
The 30-year-old Bill Gates is facing the biggest opportunity for his career. In 1985, Microsoft, a small program development company, reached an agreement with the then PC boss IBM to jointly develop the OS/2 operating system. According to the agreement, IBM can install it on its own computer without taking a penny; it allows Microsoft to charge OS/2 for other computer manufacturers. Because the PC market share of the PC market was extremely low at the time, IBM agreed without hesitation; at the same time, Microsoft also launched its own iconic product, Windows 1.0, which was sold with IBM’s PC. It turns out that Bill Gates has seized the best chance – by 1989, the compatible machine market had reached 80%. In four years, Microsoft only made $2 billion in operating system license fees. The banner of Windows drifted into more and more PC interfaces, and eventually made a huge Microsoft empire.
Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of Amazon, the largest retail website): resigning
In 1994, 30-year-old Bezos sat on the 39th floor of an office building in Manhattan, New York, to explore the immature network usage situation. He was surprised to find that the growth of network usage was increasing at a rate of 2,300% per year. So Bezos, who was the youngest vice president in the history of Bankers Trust, took $300,000 from his parents—almost the savings of his parents’ life, resigned, and drove his wife from the east coast of the United States to the West Bank. . Along the way, Bezos developed a business plan on his laptop and used mobile phones to raise funds everywhere. Bezos plans to open a bookstore in another world. He calls the world “Cyberspace.” There are no bookshelves in this bookstore, no stock, and no physical store for customers to visit. In this way, he established the Amazon company in July 1995 that symbolizes the vast and endless rivers of South America.
Steve Jobs, Apple Computer, founder and CEO of Pixar Animation: Re-launch
Steve Jobs’s 30-year-old is like a nightmare: he is out of luck because he doesn’t agree with his own CEO, Scott, and the board of directors supports Scott. In order to express his grace, Jobs sold his entire shareholding in Apple. In a speech at the Stanford University graduation ceremony, he talked about the experience of losing Maicheng in the past: “In the first few months, I really didn’t know what to do. I screwed things up and became well known. The loser, I even thought about fleeing from Silicon Valley. But the dawn gradually appeared, I still like to do things, although abandoned, but my enthusiasm does not change, I decided to start again.” Soon after, he started a second time, The company name is called Next.
Jack Welch (former chairman and CEO of GE): bravely
In 1965, Jack Welch, who joined GM for five years, was 30 years old. He suggested that the company build a $10 million factory to produce plastic products. When a designated manager was appointed, no one was willing to take risks for products that were not proven by commercial value. Only Welch was eager for the job. At that time, all household appliances were made of metal, and Welch used Norrell to make electric cans as a terminal product that could be sold. He used this to convince people that Norrell can have many other uses, including car bodies and computer casings. Because the market demand for plastic products was not great at the time, Welch almost went through the possible size markets, and constantly let the manufacturers of baby bottles, cars and gadgets know that it is not only cheap and light to make these things with plastic. And more durable. “The most exciting and memorable time of my life is the time that made the plastics sector break through. It made me understand that fast-moving water would not freeze,” said Jack Welch.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founder of Google): a household name
At the age of 30, Peggy and Brin have become household names. More than three-quarters of the world’s searches come from Google. Everyone has become accustomed to using Google to mean “search service”, which shows its popularity. The two founders of Google now earn only the stock dividends they had when they first listed their shares. Now they earn only $1 a year and no longer receive any bonuses, options or stocks. When they developed Google, they had to buy the components themselves to assemble the computer because of the lack of cash, and searched the unclaimed computers around the place where the goods were loaded and unloaded.
Jochen Zeitz (Global CEO of Hummer): Turning the tide
In 1990, 27-year-old Tsaitz resigned from the US Colgate-Palm Marketing Manager and switched to Hummer. Since he often puts forward ideas on marketing, he was promoted to CEO in less than two years. In 1993, the former CEO was forced to step down because the former CEO was unable to propose reforms. For a time, the prospects of Hummer were faltering, and shareholders once wanted to sell the brand. Zetz spent three weeks and planned a five-year “Horse Reconstruction Plan.” In this way, 30-year-old Zeitz became the youngest president of a European listed company. In just six months, he made a loss for eight consecutive years, with $250 million in debt, and that the company with 1.5 million pairs of $10 cheap sneakers in the warehouse came back to life. Every time I mentioned the experience at the time, Zeitz always smiled and said: “No magic, all you need is practice.” (No magic, just practice.)
Richard Branson, founder, chairman and president of Virgin Group: in trouble
In 1980, Branson’s Virgin soundtrack chain was filled with music all day long, and shop assistants and customers could sit with them, narcotics, and talk about music and sex. It’s been more than eight years since he was 30 years old. But that year just happened to catch up with the UK’s record industry for the first time in 20 years. Virgin, with no cash reserves, was in crisis and its income was drying up. Branson listed a table in his notebook, chronologically arranged 10 salvage methods: mortgage estate; sign Japanese band; sell the house of Vernon; sell the yacht; sell the car; rent all Recording equipment; selling “place” nightclubs… “I wrote to all Virgin employees and told them that we must tighten our belts immediately.” That was the year when Branson had his first child and started. The second and last marriage, he began to understand love. The next 31 years old, Virgin’s environment began to get better.
Li Ka-shing (Chairman and General Manager of the Board of Directors of Changjiang Industrial Group Co., Ltd.): Gorgeous turn
In 1958, the 30-year-old Li Ka-shing’s assets in Hong Kong had exceeded 10 million yuan. To become a multi-millionaire, he lived in an old house, wearing an old-fashioned suit and wearing a cheap electronic watch. There was no luxury habit, still everyday. Work for 16 hours and insist on self-study at night. Also in this year, he noticed that the rent of his own factory has risen year by year, and Hong Kong has a small number of people, and there is a lot of investment space in real estate. Therefore, he started from “plastic flower king” to “real estate giant”. change. Decades of diligence and shrewd investment have finally made his “Superman” legend. His famous sayings of the past are not outdated today – “simple life is enjoyable.”
Yang Yuanqing (President and CEO of Lenovo Group): On the verge of death
When Yang Yuanqing was 30, he was already the general manager of the Lenovo Microcomputer Division. He was in danger at the most difficult time of Lenovo. He selected 18 business backbones from Lenovo and formed a sales team. With the “low-cost strategy”, Lenovo Computer ranked among the top three in the Chinese market, achieving 100% growth for several consecutive years. At the same time, Yang Yuanqing, who couldn’t hold the sand in his eyes, refused to compromise under the pressure of Tianda, making Lenovo’s old generation of entrepreneurs uncomfortable. He was promoted by his boss, Liu Chuanzhi, in front of everyone. Liu Chuanzhi wrote a letter to him on the second day after crying Yang Yuanqing: Only by training himself to be a turkey, the chicken will admit that you are bigger than it. When you are as big as an ostrich, the chicken will be convinced. Only by winning this kind of “heart suit” can we have the core conditions for being the core of our generation.
Liu Yonghao (Chairman of New Hope Group): Abandoning the public
In 1982, Liu’s four brothers opened an important family meeting in the shade of their hometown in Sichuan, making a choice to change their life. At that time, the four brothers were all official employees of the country, and it was a good time to stand on the 30th. In the eyes of the people, it was an incredible decision for the Liu family to give up the “iron rice bowl”.
In the same year, the farms of the Liu brothers opened. The first problem facing farms is the shortage of funds. The Liu family who did not have enough money had to apply for a loan of 1,000 yuan from the credit union, but the application was not approved. The four brothers sold watches, bicycles and other valuable items, and made up 1,000 yuan of capital, and purchased 2,000 chickens from the county supply and marketing cooperative. A legendary family entrepreneurial history began so rudily. Liu’s brothers’ farms realized an output value of 100,000 yuan in the first year, and they became the envy of the neighbors.
Wang Shi (Chairman of Shenzhen Vanke Co., Ltd.): Resolutely leave
In 1983, Wang Shi was 32 years old. He chose to run away in the economic intelligence research work of the Guangdong Provincial Economic and Trade Commission. “In terms of personally, from the provincial government agencies in Guangzhou to the Shenzhen Sea, it is not for the sake of showing their talents.”
“Shenzhen at that time was like a big work site, developed everywhere, and dusty.” Wang Shi described the scene he saw when he first started business in Shenzhen. And his first pot of gold was actually earned by pouring corn. At that time, there were two kinds of imported goods in Shenzhen that were very profitable: one was Japanese MSG, and the other was Taiwanese folding umbrella. Merchants are rushing, but Wang Shi concludes that the two products are not hot. At the same time, he found that the two feed mills in Shenzhen had an annual output of more than 200,000 tons of feed. The raw materials were mainly corn, and a large part of them were transferred from Hong Kong to Dalian, Tianjin and Qingdao to Hong Kong.
Through investigation, Wang Shi believes that domestic corn can not be exported to Shenzhen and is transferred to Hong Kong because of the transportation bottleneck. He immediately found the Guangdong Provincial Maritime Bureau to find out whether he could organize cargo ships to transport corn from Dalian to Shenzhen. The Guangdong Provincial Maritime Bureau was studying the opening of the northern route at the time, suffering from lack of supply, while Dalian had a lack of transportation capacity and corn was piled up in the peasant’s home. Therefore, Wang Shi started a feed broker. In just 8 months from April to December 1983, Wang Shi earned more than 3 million yuan.
In the second year, Wang Shi founded the modern science and education instrument exhibition center, which is mainly engaged in video equipment, with more than 3 million yuan. This is the predecessor of Vanke, which was the largest import seller in Shenzhen. Later, when Wang Shi met Liu Yonghao, he smiled and said: “If I don’t change careers at the time, ‘feeding king’ is probably me!”