Let’s set a lit­tle goal to start with

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Chi­nese busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Wang Jian­lin, de­scribed as “a man of Napoleonic am­bi­tion” by The Econ­o­mist, eclipsed his “web red” son Wang Si­cong with his bom­bas­tic com­ment about the im­por­tance of set­ting “small” goals re­cently. For many amused, slack-jawed ob­servers, the man’s “how-to” com­ment also sounded like a bril­liant ex­am­ple of the the­ory of rel­a­tiv­ity.

On Au­gust 26 Wang Jian­lin made a star­tling state­ment about how to kick-start one’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial dreams on Talk to Lu Yu – Spend a Day With the Big Shots - a newly launched talk show hosted by Lu Yu, dubbed by many as “China’s Oprah” - launch­ing the “100 mil­lion” so­cial me­dia craze in the process.

Dur­ing the talk show, the 62-year-old bil­lion­aire shared with Lu Yu his daily Wanda em­pire rou­tines by show­ing her around the com­pany can­teen and tak­ing her on his pri­vate plane on a busi­ness trip.

“They say the size of your stage is de­cided by how big your heart is. What do you think?” Lu Yu asked, invit­ing Wang Jian­lin to give ad­vice to to­day’s young en­tre­pre­neur­ial dream­ers.

“I hear a lot of young peo­ple say­ing that they dream of be­com­ing the world’s rich­est man or woman and cre­at­ing the world’s largest busi­ness, but the prob­lem is they never set goals. Noth­ing is wrong with such an am­bi­tion, but I’d sug­gest they set a small ‘first pot of gold’ goal to get started with, say, one-hun­dred mil­lion (yuan), to see how much time they may need to re­alise such a goal. Whether it takes three years or five years, work on it un­til you reach the fin­ish line be­fore set­ting the sec­ond goal, such as one billion or ten billion (yuan).” “Did you make such a goal to start with at the be­gin­ning of your en­tre­pre­neur­ial ad­ven­ture?” Lu Yu ques­tioned.

“Well, my first goal was to earn one hun­dred mil­lion (yuan) within three years, and such a goal made the eyes of many pop out and was deemed ‘mis­sion im­pos­si­ble’ by most of my col­leagues. That day felt like it was just yes­ter­day. I still re­mem­ber quite clearly that one of them stood up and re­futed, dis­miss­ing what I had just said ‘non­sense’, but I told him it was just a goal, not a life-or-death is­sue.” Wang Jian­lin ex­plained.

“I made my first pot of gold in 1989, and that was 10 mil­lion yuan, equiv­a­lent to one billion yuan to­day I fig­ure.” Wang Jian­lin added.

With these words, China’s rich­est man gave all the na­tion’s am­bi­tious sons and daugh­ters an im­por­tant les­son re­gard­ing how one be­comes rich.

Wang is the chair­man of the Dalian Wanda Group, China's largest real es­tate de­vel­oper and the world's largest movie theatre op­er­a­tor, and also owns 20% of Span­ish football gi­ants Atlético Madrid. Ac­cord­ing to Forbes, in 2016 Wang Jian­lin was the rich­est per­son in Asia with a per­sonal for­tune es­ti­mated at $28.7 billion.

The day af­ter the show was aired, China’s on­line real es­tate was filled by screen shots of Wang declar­ing his “small goal” the­ory. Ne­ti­zens have since en­joyed a Wang-themed meme ex­plo­sion.

“The world of the nou­veau riche is be­yond the com­pre­hen­sion of us or­di­nary peo­ple.” one ne­ti­zen com­mented, rue­fully.

Wang’s star­tling the­ory not only en­ter­tained the whole na­tion but also trig­gered a busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion ma­nia across the coun­try. The coun­try’s In­dus­try and Com­merce ad­min­is­tra­tion system shows that a com­pany named “赚他一个亿” (trans­lated lit­er­ally to “earn one hun­dred mil­lion”) was reg­is­tered on Septem­ber 5, with a reg­is­tered cap­i­tal of 2.5 mil­lion yuan and the cor­po­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tive stated as Tang Guo­dian.

So, the next time you talk about set­ting goals, keep Wang’s ad­vice in mind and aim big!

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