American billionaire and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has identified a lack of sense of purpose amongst his youth generation as what he learned while building the most popular and widely used social media platform, Facebook.
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Speaking in an interview, Mark narrated what he has learned about the present generation and the world they are building together, saying that the challenge of his generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
‘’I want to tell you that finding purpose isn’t enough, purpose is the feeling you are part of. It’s something bigger than you and what you worked for. Purpose in life is created through happiness and happiness in life goes beyond finding purpose but actualizing it”, Mark said.
According to him, a lot of people feel disconnected and depressed when things are not going smoothly but he believes that the passion to fulfill one’s purpose should be the strength in pushing harder for the actualization of goals.
In his words, Ideas don’t come out fully formed, they only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. The biggest risk is not taking a rest.
Mark, therefore, charged youths on the need to be purposely driven and remain relentless in creating the world they believed in through innovation and creativity.
Recounting his Facebook story, the computer programmer said, ‘’I remember that night I launched Facebook in 2004 and went out with my friends, I remember clearly that I told them how excited I was to have connected a community, but told them again that one day someone will connect the whole world. The thing is, it never occurs to me that someone might be us. We realized that people want to connect, so we started improving day after day.
We always get criticized for moving too fast, there’s always someone to slow you down. Some big company wanted to buy us, I don’t want to sell, I just want to see if we can connect more people. everyone else wanted to sell without a sense of high purpose, this was tough and torn the company apart.’’ He said.
Mark also revealed how everyone in his management team left at the time when he refused to sell the company.
‘’One of my advisers told me that if I don’t agree to sell the company right now, I’ll regret the decision for the rest of my life. The relationship was tensed within that year that every single person on our management time was gone. That was my hardest time leading Facebook”, he explained.
With his keenness on fulfilling his purpose and refusal to sell out the company, Mark admited that he earlier thought he was wrong as 22 years-old kid who had no idea of how things actually work but later understood how things work when there is no sense of high purpose.
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‘’The greatest success comes from having the freedom to fail. Facebook wasn’t the first thing I built, I also built a chat system, games, study tools, and music player. The challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose”, he said.
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