4 Empowering Lessons We Can Learn from Mark Zuckerberg 60

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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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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.