Have you ever joined an event committee, perhaps during your school time, office, or maybe your community in place you live now? If yes, was the event always went in the right direction or problem sometimes came from nowhere? Do you and your teammate want the event to be successful no matter how hard it is to overcome the trouble?
Usually, an event never went 100% smoothly. The same is true to our personal goal to success.
You may recall my previous post about the crouching tiger hidden dragon of smartphone brands in Asia. Tech companies have been growing incredibly, especially in the last 10 years. Many companies have joined the party, but not all of them survive the journey. The key to survive it is the determination.
As I mentioned in the previous post, Xiaomi has been one of the smartphone rising star brand which recently gaining so much attention from gadget mania. Founding in 2010 by 8 co-founders, Xiaomi has now dominating the market share in China, leaving other competitors including Samsung and Apple behind. I heavily suggested you to read that previous post first in order to have a better insight.
For an additional record, Xiaomi has become the world’s most valuable technology startup in 2014. This accomplished in less than 5 years since it first launched its first Android phone. Amazing result, isn’t it?
So, Who is the ‘Tony Stark’ from Xiaomi?
Behind every successful business, there’s always someone who become the source of inspiration and flowing energy to every team member. The ‘Tony Stark’ here is no other than the man in the peak of Xiaomi. Please welcome the CEO and also the co-founder of Xiaomi, Lei Jun.
Lei Jun is one the founding fathers when the company started their business in 2010. Xiaomi founders mostly consist of people who have background in a notable company such as Microsoft, Motorola, and Google whom also acquired master degree in their preferred field.
Unlike the others, Lei Jun the CEO “only” hold a BA in computer science from Wuhan University in China. But, it doesn’t mean that he is less capable than all his other partners. As I mentioned before, he lead the company to its success in within short period (I repeat: less than FIVE years). Some people even referred him as the ‘Steve Jobs’ of China for making several world changing companies.
Despite the fact of his educational background, his strategy in business works like charm in leading the company to the top. I’m not only talking about Xiaomi, but also Kingsoft, the Chinese software gaming company which has created various software products.
Mr. Lei joined Kingsoft in 1992 shortly after college and took only five years to climb his way up to the CEO position. He then founded joyo.com, the IT information service and download website, which was sold to Amazon in 2004 for $75 million.
So, What is his Secret Recipe for Success?
Lei Jun wasn’t always successful, but he always has determination. A determination for become a successful. This determination is not only held alone for himself, but also spread to his team.
When running Xiaomi, one of his business approach is to closely listening to the customer feedback and building a massive online community. He also keeps reflecting on himself and his former employer which play a big role in his success subsequently. He learned it from his previous experience while working in Kingsoft.
When working in Kingsoft, he got the opportunity to work with 2 giant mobile phone companies, Nokia and Motorola. There was time when he pointed out a drawback to their R&D boss. Unfortunately, though his input was recognized, they didn’t really do anything toward it.
Aside from the determination, there is another key of success that Lei Jun reveals to us. One of his key strategies to grow Xiaomi is, in short, by seizing the opportunity. His famous saying about this is ‘Even a pig can fly if it stands at the center of a whirlwind’. All of these key factors make him into top 20 of the richest people in Tech Industry, according to Forbes.
So, I ask again. Why do you need determination to become successful?
It should be clear to see that one of the key to his success is a strong determination. Besides, he always tries to make the best out of everything. Instead of letting his bitter experience brought him down, he chose to turn it into an excellent strategy. He also inclines to see the bigger picture and boldly took an opportunity to implement unusual business strategies which turned out to work very well. Those are the keys that lead to his successful career no.
So don’t be afraid to take a risk and walk the path nobody ever walked before. If you have the determination, and you can grab the right moment and opportunity, you may have a good chance to turn anything into the path to your success. If you want, you can try reading my other post about some business ideas to seize the Halloween trend opportunity.
Have a good read, and I welcome any food for thought.
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