The lady beside Jack Ma is Tong Wenhong.
She joined Alibaba 16 years ago as a receptionist. When Jack Ma was allocating company shares, he gave Tong 0.2% shares right saying it will be worth $100 million when Alibaba goes public in the future. He asked her to just stay in the company, don’t change to other companies, and she will get $100 million when Alibaba goes public in the x-axis timeframe's indeterminable future. Alibaba was a flat zero in the y-axis. The target set by Jack Ma was high -- very high, and no one would take Jack Ma's Target Price of the future seriously.
Tong waited years after years, but Alibaba never went public. She asked Jack when will Alibaba's target be hit. She asked even during the doldrums, and Jack said soon. It seemed like the leader's targets will never be reached. She asked again in 2006 and Jack said soon, again. However she never saw it happen, and never got the $100 million.
Many years passed... Alibaba finally went public in the New York Stock Exchange in September 2014. It was worth $245.7 billion. Tong, the former receptionist, current Vice President of a department in Alibaba, became a millionaire -- from a receptionist to one with a $320 million net worth.
Can you stay with your leader for 14 years? Do you stay with your leader during the ups and downs? When the founder is still fighting tirelessly, your belief in believing that this is a blue chip is what separates you from the rest. They said, to succeed you must be down to earth, never be eager for quick benefits. If you are quick for benefits, you will leave with the noises and chase the rabbits, while those with belief will hunt down the elephant.
Loyalty isn't grey. It's black and white. You are either loyal completely, or not loyal at all. Leaders will go all out to carve out paths, so that the rest under the umbrella can walk more smoothly and reach their destination. You can't be loyal only when it serves you. With loyalty, and perseverance, you will reach the destination together as a team.
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