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How to learn to succeed from Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook

It would be an understatement to say that Mark Zuckerberg has experienced success early in his life. Looking the way Facebook has gone mainstream in just a few years, it is natural that people try to study the factors that make Mark Zuckerberg so successful as an entrepreneur, as a visionary, and of course, as a person who has become a mega-billionaire even before he has reached his 30s.

What makes Mark Zuckerberg so successful?

There is a combination of many factors, as specified in this TechCrunch blog post, some that are in his hands, and some, might not be in his hands, but it depends on your perspective. These factors are, according to the blog post

  • Ambition
  • Vision
  • Determination
  • Execution
  • Luck
  • Timing

The luck is the only factor that is not in his control, but as they say, luck favours the brave. You wouldn’t get lucky just by whiling away your time on your computer or drinking yourself to nuts every evening. You have to be ready and prepared when a real opportunity knocks at your door.

Mark Zuckerberg had a clearly defined ambition when he was working on the interface of Facebook. He wanted to make something big and they had enough drive in him. But it isn’t just ambition and drive that makes you successful, you also need a vision. You need to have a clarity of exactly what you’re trying to achieve and what you want to deliver to the world. He wanted to build a place where people could find each other, keep in touch and share their daily routines. Although initially it all began to increase his own circle of friends and to get laid (according to the movie Social Network).

Then comes execution. As rightly mentioned in the blog post, Facebook gained ground because MySpace was really lousy and grotesque. People were looking for an interface that was cleaner, well-organised and sober and Mark Zuckerberg provided it. And here comes luck and timing. Even without knowing it, people were desperately looking for such a platform (going by the popularity of Facebook) and as luck would have it, the alternatives were really bad, the market was really there, and he had access to the needed technology.