This is the secret of success for what is coming, according to billionaire Jack Ma

This is the secret of success for what is coming, according to billionaire Jack Ma


In an important meeting about the world of business, the Chinese executive defends the relevance of the LQ for the future. What is the entrepreneur referring to with these acronyms?

Everyone can be rich, it is only necessary to work hard and have a positive attitude before the obstacles that will inevitably appear. Such is the premise of one of the great myths of the modern world, the ‘self-made man or the man made himself , whose examples from billionaire Aristóteles Onassis the former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger , without forgetting samples closer as the textile entrepreneur Amancio Ortega .

Ordinary people who come from a humble condition , from poverty even, who achieve professional glory. If they have succeeded, why can not we get the rest? Some dismiss the idea of the self-made man as naïve by justifying success as an exclusive consequence of the effort, bypassing factors as important as luck or those close to him who have been unconditionally supporting the individual in his ascent.

Innocent thinking or capital value in a society that aspires to meritocracy , the curiosity for the way of thinking of these men who have built their future exists equally between both the defenders and the detractors of such a concept of superman . Product of Western society directly connected to the American dream , when we find a ‘self-made man’ from a culture as unique as China, the interest is accentuated even more if possible.

A machine does not have a heart, a machine does not have a soul, a machine does not have beliefs

This is what happens with one of the executives who are constantly in the spotlight of the international press: Jack Ma , founder and president of the Alibaba group, the Asian giant that is the most direct competitor of Amazon in the electronic commerce sector . Originally from a family with limited resources, Ma suspended his entrance examination to the university on two occasions, subsequently performing dozens of different jobs. It is estimated that its assets are around 25,000 million euros . How has he managed to amass such a fortune? Your business vision and not selling your companies hastily are two of the essential reasons. In a recent talk at the Global Business Forumorganized by the economic news medium Bloomberg, the employer offers, however, a key to success much more subtle and essential , in a time when machines are going to play a good part of the work we are doing today.

EQ against IQ

Faced with the increase in the speed and computing capacity of computers , the logical abilities of the human being can rival less and less with them. Psychologists like Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic propose for this reason to focus, as we get older, on less tangible values such as experience and the wisdom derived from it: “Imagine that you have to choose between an experienced 60-year-old surgeon who has performed thousands of operations and a promising 26 year old star specialist in the same field. Or between a young and sharp pilot who has made 20 flights and another 55 years who has made countless trips. Most would choose the oldest and most experienced professionals, and rightly so, “he explains. in ‘Fast Company’.

We have to teach our children to be creative. This is the only way we can create work for them

In contrast to the IQ (intelligence coefficient), there is an increasing talk of pondering the EQ (experience coefficient) as a tool to solve real-world problems for which a machine is not yet equipped. That is why activities such as reading (both essay and fiction) and the development of so-called ‘ softskills ‘ are now more relevant than ever before the puzzles and exercises to improve the IQ.

The secret weapon to defeat the machines

Jack Ma goes, however, further and dares to set aside both the IQ and the EQ to talk about what he has called the LQ . What is it about? “Of the affective quotient that the machines never will develop”, declares in the aforementioned forum. The desire for justice, the creativity to solve challenges, the ability to empathize with the rest and the wisdom to know how to respond intelligently on each occasion are part of the values of this ‘love quotient’.

Photo: Reuters.
Photo: Reuters.

“A machine does not have a heart, a machine does not have a soul, a machine does not have beliefs . Human beings have soul, beliefs and values. We are creative and we show that we can control the machines, “he insists. The problem, according to him, is that today people are still being educated to work in areas where we can not win machines in the future: “We have to teach our children to be very innovative, very creative. This is the only way we can create work for them. ”

Unlike many political scientists, theoreticians and great executives, Ma is optimistic about the future of the human being in a world where artificial intelligence will acquire little by little more relevance: “Men should have more confidence in themselves,” he concludes. “They have the wisdom that machines lack.”

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