Monday, 13 June 2011

Commencement speech from Zuckerberg tells 8th graders 'There’s no shortcuts to success'

27-year-old, whose Facebook offices recently moved to Menlo Park from Palo Alto, addressed students, faculty and parents at neighbouring Belle Haven Community School. The speech got off to a rocky start when the school principal introduced the internet entrepreneur as 'Zuckerman' and 'Mr Z'.
Laughing off the gaffe, he made his was to the podium, wearing his trademark T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers to address the crowd of next year's incoming high school freshman.

“I don’t remember much about my middle school graduation,” Zuckerberg said, relating a story about a memorable middle school teacher he had that looked like a pirate “When you look back on your middle school graduation, you probably won’t remember that much either. But I hope you have fun.”


Zuck continues, pontificating on the theme, “Eliminating the words ‘I can’t,” basically giving the eighth grade version of Steve Jobs’ Stanford “Do What You Love” speech, emphasizing the following three points:

There are no shortcuts to success– ”A lot of building a company or a product like Facebook is just about determination and believing that you can,” Zuckerberg said. “Everything that’s worth doing is actually pretty hard.”

Great relationships are the most important thing — Focus on building great things with people that you love, “No one ever does anything alone.” “Great friendships make life fun and meaningful.”

Do what you love – If you love what you do you’ll power through adversity, “It’s a lot easier to focus on challenges that you actually really enjoy doing.”

The Facebook CEO captured what it takes to change the world as eloquently as he could, “It’s not about a single moment of inspiration or brilliance, it’s years and years of practice and hard work … Anything that’s really awesome takes a lot of work.”

And yes, it is more than a little ironic that his “There’s No Shortcuts” statement is essentially a shortcut of grammar and that specific sentiment is being relayed by the world’s youngest billionaire. 


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