Most of us are familiar with Facebook. With 800 million users, 70 percent of which are outside of the United States, Facebook is not just a sweeping fad that has dominated cyber space, it is a significant tool to share, market and connect with people all over the world.
I felt very inspired hearing Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s CEO, fire off answers to some very poignant questions about Zuckerberg’s conversations with Steve Jobs, his views on privacy in social media, and whether or not he was ever going to sell his billion dollar company. However, what stood out the most for me was Zuckerberg’s simplistic approach and philosophy on success.
The following are Zuckerberg’s simplistic principles for success. Whether you’re trying to be an Internet mogul, or simply trying to meet a weight loss goal, use them as a guideline to attain any goal you set out to accomplish.
1. Do something that keeps you grounded.
When asked what keeps him from being controlled by the grand influence Facebook has on the world, Zuckerberg said it was about being grounded. He said the way he stayed rooted was to live simply, and to spend time with his girlfriend and dog. Sandberg also added that Zuckerberg valued lasting friendships by keeping the same small group of friends he’s had since high school and college at Harvard. We know he is not fussy about his wardrobe, as he has made the hooded sweatshirt an iconic ‘non-fashion’ fashion statement.
2. Focus on one thing at a time.
Simplicity is a reoccurring theme when Zuckerberg speaks. Both he and Sandberg expressed how it was better to focus on one thing, so that the one thing you are focusing on can be done extremely well, adding that “done is better than perfect.” Zuckerberg also said, “If you do the things that are easier first, you can actually make a lot of progress.”
3. Own your goals.
Responding to whether or not Facebook will ever be sold, Zuckerberg mentioned that if someone else owns you, your goals become their goals. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for some this can lead to a conflict or a disruption of follow-through with an individual or company’s mission. When you take ownership of your own goals, you are less likely to lose sight of your intention.
Describing Facebook as “mind-blowing” even to him, Zuckerberg is fully behind the company’s mission to connect the 500 million daily users for the purpose of sharing information. He said connecting people opens up a new world of possibilities. By getting other people’s perspectives it makes people better as people in terms of work and their own evolution.
Whether your ambitions are in health and fitness, business, or in your personal relationships, take from this the concept that staying grounded, focusing on one thing at a time, and owning your own goals are key to your own success.