Develop an area of expertise, but understand what you lack too.
The founder of Alibaba , Jack Ma , was in Detroit this week for the Gateway'17 conference and during an interview with CNBC, the e-commerce mogul said that those with a knowledge of how to analyze and apply data would be the most professionally fit in the future
“The world is going to be the data,” Ma explained. “This is only the beginning of the data age. We believe that data is going to be very important for human life in the future … We don't really know how data can make money today, but we know we have to protect data security. One day the data will empower human beings. We have to believe that our children will be much smarter than us with the use of data. ”
Ma is not the only leader with great opinions about what and how people need to learn to progress in the work, read the advice of five other founders about the required skills that everyone should develop to work within a budget.
1. Richard Branson
“Communication makes the world go round. This facilitates human connections, and allows us to learn, grow and progress. It is not just about speaking or reading, but about understanding what has been said, and in some cases what has not been said. I believe that communication is the most important skill that any entrepreneur can possess. ”
2. Elon Musk
“Most people can learn much more than they think they can. They sell little to themselves without trying. A little tip: it is important to see knowledge as a kind of semantic tree, make sure you understand the fundamental principles, that is, the trunk and large branches, before entering the leaves / details or there is nothing for them to hang ”
3. Bill Gates
“I really believe in basic knowledge of science, math, economic skills – all careers in the future will be very demanding in those things. The most necessary thing is that you will write code, but you need to understand what engineers can do and what they can't do. ”
4. Mark Zuckerberg
“No one does it alone. When you see most of the great things that have been done in the world, they have not been done by one person, so you will need to build a team … You will need people who have complementary skills. No matter how talented you are, there are going to be things you don't bring to the table. ”
5. Jeff Bezos
“I think frugality leads to innovation, as do other restrictions. One of the only ways to get out of a predicament is to invent your way out. When we were (first) trying to acquire customers, we had no money to spend on advertising budgets. So we created the partner program, (which leaves) any link from a website to us and gave a little of the profits. We invented a one-click store so we had to check out faster. Those things do not require large budgets. They require consideration and focus on the consumer. ”