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Jack Ma’s advice to millennials: Find a good boss in your 20s, 30s. Here’s why

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Instead of finding a high-paying job, China’s richest man advised millennials to look for a good boss in their first decade as an employee.

Speaking before a jampacked crowd at the De La Salle University Wednesday (October 25), Alibaba founder and chief executive officer Jack Ma shared what could be considered as a road map to success for people of all ages.

“When you’re to to 30 years old, please find a good boss. A good boss is better than a good company. A good boss would disappoint you, train you, develop you,” he said.

Ma said those in their 30s and 40s should try to do something for themselves.

“When you’re 40 to 50 years old, do something you’re good at. But when you’re 50 to 60 years old, focus on helping young people,” he said.

Once a person hits his 60s, Ma said he or she should focus on spending time with their grandchildren.

Ma’s climb to success is a true rags-to-riches story.

He grew up poor, failed the entrance exams to universities twice, and was rejected from several jobs, including at KFC.

Ma’s fortune took a turn for the better when he founded Alibaba, which has become an e-commerce giant.

Despite brimming with innovative ideas, Ma stressed the importance of developing good working relationships with other people.

“No matter how smart you are, if you never know how to work with people, you will never succeed,” he said.