Li Ka-Shing Shares Advice on Success

Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing, talked on many occasions about his way of doing business. (Image:  EdTech via  flickr  CC BY 2.0 )
Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing, talked on many occasions about his way of doing business. (Image: EdTech via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing, talked on many occasions about his way of doing business. He often shares his view on how to judge friends and trust people.

Li was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China in 1928, but in 1940, Li and his family fled to Hong Kong during China’s civil war. Once there, he started his first business at the age of 22. Today, Li’s company, Cheung Kong Holdings, is the largest enterprise in Hong Kong.

Li’s focus has always been on the business community. He once said: “From borrowing money, you can judge the quality of a person.” He also said:

What does this mean? People who lend you money when you are in difficult times are doing so not because they have money to spare, but because they sincerely want to help you. What they lend you is not the money, but the confidence, trust, motivation, and recognition of your ability as a future investment.

China's Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo and his deputy, Don Yupe have been sacked and are under investigation for embezzling some ¥200 billion yuan of lottery money. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Li Ka-Shing once said: ‘From borrowing money, you can judge the quality of a person.’ (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Li hopes that friends will adhere to the ethics of integrity. Loss of trust results in the biggest bankruptcy in life, while a faithful friend provides a lifetime of returns. For example, a person who takes the initiative to pay the bill, not because they are stupid and have too much money, but because they value friendship more than money.

When doing business together, if your partner is willing to let you have most of the benefits, it’s not because they are stupid, but because they know how to share. If they take the initiative to do more work, it’s not because they are dimwitted, but because they know how to be responsible. If they are the first to apologize after a quarrel, it’s not because they are in the wrong, but because they know how to cherish others. If they are willing to help you, it’s not because they owe you, but because they treat you as a friend. It’s up to others whether or not to help you, and they are not obligated to do so.

Ah Tang amassed business enterprises all over the world, and readily made friends wherever he travelled. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Loss of trust results in the biggest bankruptcy in life, while a faithful friend provides a lifetime of returns. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

How many people ignore this simple truth and how many take it for granted? Some people act as if they are clever and will even show rogue-like behavior to achieve their goals, but these people will be deserted sooner or later. A sincere person walks into your heart, but a hypocritical person walks out of your sight. It is fate for people to meet one another, but for people to get along with one another, it requires sincerity and credibility.

Translated by Chua BC and edited by Derek Padula

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