Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Harvard has truly addressed millennial problems and is a guide to our life ahead. I have restored my faith in the world with Zuckerberg being one of it’s most powerful people.
Zuckerberg’s speech is the evolved version of Steve job’s commencement speech at Stanford made 12 years ago. While Steve Jobs speech revolves around finding your passion, Mark has evolved the idea of passion into “One’s purpose”.
“Purpose” is the key idea in his speech. Purpose is what brings true happiness and it for this true happiness that we are all alive for. While Steve Jobs talked about finding our purpose — Mark Zuckerberg takes it to the next level with the statement that –
“ We not only need to find our sense of purpose but create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.”
Three ways to create a higher sense of purpose, he says is — By taking on big meaningful projects together. Redefining equality. Building community.
Big meaningful projects
“Let’s do big things to create not progress but a sense of purpose.”
Some of the big projects that he feels needs immediate attention are- Global Warming and Health care. The data shows that the current generation spends 50% more on treating people who are sick than investing on finding cures to make sure that people don’t get sick in the first place. Other interesting concepts he puts forward are the idea of personalized education so that all students are able to learn and modernizing democracy so that everybody can vote online.
Zuck’s ideal world
“Let’s do these big projects so that everybody in our society has a role.”
He has redefined the concept of equality for our times. Equality so that everybody has the freedom to find this sense of purpose. Equality so that everybody has the freedom and resources to try new ideas. He introduces the concept of universal basic income — “A cushion for everybody to fall to when they fail.” A world where progress is measured by not GDP but by the number of people who have a sense of purpose. In the world that he proposed –
People find purpose — create ideas — make world better — help others find their purpose — Make world better.
Thus a chain of betterment sets in.
It is not only our projects that give us a sense of purpose — but also the feeling of belonging to a community. This community can be our family, our company, sports group etc. It gives us a sense that we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone and they give us the strength to expand our horizons.
Favorite quotes other than those mentioned above:
It’s really good to be idealistic but be prepared to be misunderstood.
When somebody doesn’t have the freedom to turn their idea into an historic event — we all lose.
Change starts local.
Ideas don’t come fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started.
In our society, we often don’t do big things because we are so afraid of making mistake that we ignore all the wrong today if we do nothing.
We need a society not focused on locking us up and stigmatizing us but that’s more focused on continuing our education through our lives through technology.
You don’t get successful by not just having an idea and working hard but you get successful by being lucky too.
We need a sense of purpose and stability to care about other’s.
We need to come together as a global community to create this sense of purpose.
Greatest success come from having the freedom to fail.
And finally the speech ends with the note:
“I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.”