4 Empowering Lessons We Can Learn from Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg was a computer programmer back in 2002. But instead of following the career path society has planned for him, he worked day in and day out on something he believed in. And created the fastest growing social media platform in his dorm room.

Today he’s world famous, one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs and startup founders, and is worth around 35 billion dollars.

He changed the way we communicate, make friends, share what’s on our mind and even market our businesses.

In 2004 the first version of Facebook was launched. And even then its creator himself didn’t know where this project would take him. Once he saw how fast it was growing, he decided to drop out of Harvard and move to Palo Alto, California to keep working on that. Turned out to be a great decision.

He believes that everyone has the entrepreneurial spirit inside them, they just need to find what they’re passionate about, work hard on it and create the ideal lifestyle while making the world a better place with their product.
Here’s what else he can teach us about business, life, success and passion:

Check out my podcast episode on lessons from startup founders (including Mark Zuckerberg)

10 Lessons We Can Learn from Mark Zuckerberg

1. Don’t start with the money in mind.

According to Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo!, Zuckerberg is the only person he’s ever met who said no to a billion dollars. That’s what happened when the young passionate entrepreneur rejected his offer. His reason was that he wasn’t doing it for the money.

It’s more important to love what you do, to be giving it all your time (it takes a lot of time, especially in the startup world), to have a vision and stay true to it no matter what.

Zuck believed in Facebook from day one and wanted to see it grow. At some point he had to change direction, the idea of the product itself was changing too. But he knew he wanted to keep working on it, didn’t want to see his hard work in the hands of others, believed in the potential of the social media and was sure that only he and the other people involved in the project were able to make the most of it.

So if you have a business idea, are already a business owner, or else, don’t do it for the money. Love what you do first, care about it, dedicate enough time and energy, and the money will come. But then you will have deserved it as you’ll be offering value to people.

2. All startups begin by working alone countless hours on something that may or may not be a success.

“The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”

Such success doesn’t happen overnight, and those who are still hoping for fast results these days are simply not ready to enter the business world.

You can’t go without hard work. It’s not only about creating the product, there’s also a mindset of success being developed and a powerful vision growing in your mind.

If you spend tens of hours working on something, if you think it solves a problem people have and if you market it right they will pay you for this, and if you add passion to that, you’re onto something.

But there are too many distractions these days. People usually give up early on while their project is still in its first version, and when there are no money coming in. But big things take time. And you’ll need to be selective as your time is limited.

A startup may take around a decade of your life.

That includes creating the minimum viable product, getting it out there and asking for feedback, marketing, connecting with partners and investors, making hundreds of changes to the initial product in order to make it better – to upgrade it and add features.

But that will also make you successful, will let you make a difference in the world, become a big name in your industry. Then you’ll have the power to affect other people’s lives, to encourage young business enthusiasts and help them achieve the same.

And, most importantly, all this will let you contribute to the world in the best way possible – by doing work you love. And that, in my opinion, is one of the most productive ways to spend the time you’re given on this planet.

3. Big things start small.

“I literally coded Facebook in my dorm room and launched it from my dorm room. I rented a server for $85 a month, and I funded it by putting an ad on the side, and we’ve funded ever since by putting ads on the side.”

Back then this may have seemed like nothing, compared to all the other projects the rest of the programmers in Harvard were working on. But if you’re on the right track, if you’re passionate about the work you do and see its potential, know that you need to keep going no matter what.

Once you find such an opportunity, taking it and making the best of it is one of your missions in life.

Choose not only smaller when you begin, but also simpler.

At the time Facebook was created, MySpace was the number 1 social media out there. So Zuck needed to think of a way to differentiate his newborn platform so that people would prefer to use it. And he made it simpler – that makes it easier to use, faster to load, and with a better design.

4. Other people won’t understand what you’re doing.

If you’re working hard on a project on the side and secretly wish to turn it into a business, it means you’re different than most people around you.

You spend your time differently – in a more productive way, you’re an idea generator, have found your passion, spend a lot of time on your own and don’t share your goals with others which may make you seem weird at times.

And that leads to not being understood. But you need to be alright with that.

Whenever in doubt, think of why you started this in the first place. You’ll quickly get a motivation boosts, remember it’s the right thing and get back to work.

Then, when you’re about to launch your product, you’ll have to let those around you know what it’s about. It’s inevitable at that point.

And even if you try to explain your goal in a simple way, they may still not understand you. But don’t let that distract you. It’s just because these people see things from another point of view, often don’t see the point of you doing all this, are living their life in a more ordinary way – following the path that society has created for them.

So be compassionate. Let them live their life, and keep your vision alive.

Once you stop listening to the naysayers, make sure you find other like-minded people like you that will inspire, motivate and support you.

Check out my podcast episode on how to deal with toxic people.

That’s what Mark did:

“My friends are people who like building cool stuff. We always have this joke about people who want to just start companies without making something valuable. There’s a lot of that in Silicon Valley.”

You are the average of the people you spend most time with, so make sure they don’t discourage you, but instead lift you up, share your goals and believe in your abilities.

By understanding and following these 4 and other rules and lessons, Mark Zuckerberg became the world’s second youngest billionaire without starting with money in mind. And if he did it – with no initial money, support or a specific plan to follow, but instead used his passion and free time – so can you.

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5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

Every day we hear about brilliant minds who have made their first million before the age of 25. There are even businessmen who reach success and experience the advantages of self-employment before they turn 21. This influx of young gifted entrepreneurs makes you think there is no room for startupers over a certain age in any industry. But is it really the case?

Seasoned business analytics and researchers say there is no ideal age to start a business. You can be a successful entrepreneur fresh out of high school, but it’s also not uncommon for people in their 40s to finally find their entrepreneurial path. However, 20s and 30s remain the most popular age for starting a business, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Why Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

1. Risk-taking

The importance of taking risks and accepting the outcome of your decision doesn’t need any explanation for entrepreneurs. As a startup founder, you will face risks every day, and this is where a person with more business expertise can encounter their first difficulties.

When someone is over 40, they’ve likely already taken big risks and failed. It means that they’ll be much less inclined to do it again. This is how older businessmen think they avoid complications, but that is also how they miss opportunities.

People in their 20s and 30s normally don’t have that kind of experience. They understandably have qualms about risk-taking. However, in the end, they usually decide to make a risky move, and there is a very good chance the risk will pay off.

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2. Knowledge

Those who launch their business after 40, usually have certain business experiences under their belt. They may have taken part in starting their own business or witnessed the birth of a business of a friend or coworker.

When you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may not have the same real-life knowledge of how businesses begin. Nevertheless, you have something much more important: the knowledge and skills you received at college.

The importance of college education for launching a prospering business is often overlooked. Yet there are essential things you can only learn in college, and that’s exactly the foundation you need for building a viable business.

3. Responsibilities

By the time they are 40, people accumulate a lot of financial responsibilities. Families, mortgages, car payments, and medical expenses not only eat up a large part of your budget but also make you much less flexible.

It’s a popular thought that businessmen in their 20s and 30s have nothing to lose. That may not be completely true, as some people start families when they’re fairly young. However, when you’re under 40, you have more freedom for making choices.

If you’re a forty-something father of three, your business decisions will be dictated by the risks you’re able to take. Young people have fewer things restricting them from making bold decisions and, ultimately, succeeding.

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4. Resilience

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If there is one thing experienced entrepreneurs would like every beginner to know, it’s that launching a business will be a journey filled with ups and downs. If you look at business success stories, you’ll see that each of them comes with their share of failures.

Impressionable young businessmen don’t react great to failures. Their initial reaction can differ, but it always includes disappointment, resentment, and even a desire to quit. If they’re lucky, their support system won’t let them quit. If they’re not, then the days of their startup are numbered.

It’s a different story with people in their late 20s and 30s. They arrive at the starting point of their business with an understanding that failures are bound to happen. It doesn’t mean that they’re completely immune to failures, but they are guaranteed to have a more mature reaction.

5. Technology

Technology is a vital part of launching a startup these days. There are thousands of businesses that only exist online. Even if your business is completely offline, technology can still be a valuable aid in the business development.

People over 40 may understand the importance of using technology in their business. They may even move their business online or take successful steps to foray into the digital world.

However, they will never have the understanding of technology of a 28-year-old.

Today’s 30-year-olds are not only fully familiar with technology – many of them are actually digital natives. These people have spent most of their lives with the digital world being an essential aspect of living. That is why technology-skilled young entrepreneurs are the future of business.


According to those who have a multi-faceted experience in business, starting a business at any age has its challenges. Entrepreneurs that are 20, 30, 40, or 50 years old have their strong suits and weaknesses. However, there are many reasons why the age between 20 and 40 is the golden age for launching a business. Take risks, learn as you go, use your forte, don’t let anything distract you, and soon your name can be part of the world business hall of fame!

About The Author

Christine Acosta is a content manager at App Reviews. She specializes in digital marketing and content creation. Christine is also passionate about startups and business development. She uses her degree from the Florida Institute of Technology to offer sound advice to those who launch their own business.

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