Creating a social media revolution at a very young age with a handful of college students and staying ahead in the business even in this fierce competitive world, speaks a lot about Mark Zuckerberg as a businessman, a technologist, an innovator and most importantly — a leader.

There’s a lot we all can learn about leadership from him.

“The question isn’t ‘What do we want to know about people?’ It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves?”

Being a leader means being a person who knows people and their needs from a deeper level. Mark Zuckerberg knew what people wanted for themselves and he created a product out of it. Come to think of it, what does facebook essentially give to people? A feeling of being truly significant in the world.

“I literally coded Facebook in my dorm room and launched it from my dorm room. I rented a server for $85 a month, and I funded it by putting an ad on the site, and we’ve funded ever since by putting ads on the site.”

Dreaming big is important, we all know that. But most of us just stop there and don’t move. We get overwhelmed by the ‘biggness’ of our idea and don’t do anything about it. But Mark knew about the priceless wisdom of starting small. He knew that ideas can come to anyone, but implementing it is what matters at the end of the day.

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”

Times are changing fast. People, their habits and their dreams are changing fast. If you are not exploring yourself, your team and your customers, and challenging the hell out of yourself — you’ll be soon left behind in the world.

“The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’ … Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time.”

There are plenty of life-goals to choose from, but if you’re not doing what matters the most to you, you’re simply wasting your time. Mark Zuckerberg built a multi-billion dollar company at such a young age. What did he do differently? At an age when people generally waste their time getting drunk in parties, he focused on what’s relevant for him.

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