“If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard,” began Mark Zuckerberg in his commencement address yesterday at the college he dropped out of to start Facebook.
Zuckerberg’s speech was mainly about finding a purpose. For him, it was simply the idea that people need to connect. But that wasn’t enough. “You have to [also] create a sense of purpose for others.”
This became apparent a couple of years down the line when big companies wanted to buy Facebook. Nearly everyone in his management team wanted to sell, whereas his dream was to make a bigger impact. “We were building the first news feed… and I thought it could change how we learn about the world.”
His advice to the students was to get started on their big ideas – driven by a higher purpose – without waiting for the perfect time. “If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.”
“The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie… It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started,” he said. “Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.”
The address was peppered with anecdotes from Harvard, his take on the impact of automation, and more.
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