Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in 2004 to pursue his dream of heading up Facebook as it started to grow.
However it has come full circle because he recently became the youngest person to give a commencement speech at the prestigious University.
Not only did he give the commencement speech at the college he once dropped out of but he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Law Degree.
In his commencement speech to the graduating seniors he joked that these students had achieved something that he wasn’t able to.
He spoke to the students about looking for something bigger than themselves in serving the world.
He encouraged them to find purpose in helping those that are less fortunate than themselves, and find ways to make the world a better place.
He talked about his philosophy of building communities and his decade long mission and purpose for Facebook was to make the world more open and connected.
With over 1 billion users on the platform worldwide I believe Mark Zuckerberg has certainly attained the goal of making the world more open and more connected.
Not only did Mark Zuckerberg talk about finding purpose but he encouraged them to help others find their purpose, and he outlined his mission for world change in three steps.
“Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks.
But we have the potential to do so much more together. Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon.
Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover Dam and other great projects. These projects didn’t just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things. Now it’s our turn to do great things.”Mark Zuckerberg
Some things might seem to large to undertake he says, but we must persevere, in the same way that we were able to put a man on the moon.
“We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.”Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg says that in order to maximize progress everyone must play a role, not just the rich or those in first world Countries but everyone.
“We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease.
We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics.
Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg believes in building communities not just between Nations but between individuals, and getting to know each other and realizing that we are more alike than we are different.