Facebook founder and 7th richest person in the world, Mark Zuckerberg was in Lagos to hold a meeting with some key players in the Nigerian tech world to discuss how Facebook can be improved in Nigeria, and how it can support tech development in Africa.
Below are eight inspiring things we learnt during questions and answers session with the billionaire:
1. â€œMove fast and break things.Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.â€ No, he is not encouraging those with a penchant for breaking stuff in the anger to carry on doing so as if it is normal behaviour. He is basically saying, challenge the norm; donâ€™t acknowledge limitations or in Naija lingo, never stay in your lane. Forge new tracks for your own lane.Â Mark Zuckerberg jugging on Lekki Bridge
2. â€œThe question I ask myself almost every
day is, â€˜Am I doing the most important thing I
could be doing?â€™â€
Valid question. Are you dear reader, doing the most important thing you could be doing with your life, your abilities, your passions for yourself and society? Wait. Donâ€™t answer just yet- think on these things.
3. â€œPeople donâ€™t care
about what you say; they care about what you build or
Actions speak louder than words. You cannot keep mouthing off with no evidence to show for it. Take time to build; invest in the foundation of your building, your systems, your relationships. A house built upon the sand will crumble.
4. â€œThe biggest risk is not taking any
There is nothing else to add to this.
5. â€œWe donâ€™t build
services to make money; we make money to build better
Perspective. Perspective. Perspective. Think, why do you do what you do? Why are you in business? To make profit, to solve problems, make a difference, what? Let your motive be right.
6. â€œI think a simple rule of business is, if
you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make
a lot of progress.â€
When a dozen projects are dropped in your lap with an impossible timeline, start with whatâ€™s easier. If you begin a Start-up, and a million things are calling for your attention at the same time, the trick: do whatâ€™s easier first.
7. â€œWe look for people who are passionate
about something. In a way, it almost doesnâ€™t
matter what youâ€™re passionate
Passion is the fuel that drives the mission. Find your passion and plug it into something.
8. â€œYou are better off trying something and
having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything
Loose the fear of failure. Itâ€™s a noose around your neck. Donâ€™t be afraid to lay your hands on something new. You can never tell what it stands to become in the nearest future. This looks to me like Mark saw into the Cromwell PSI vision.
Letâ€™s do this with all our mightâ€¦itâ€™s pleasing to see you all succeed at making a great new way for consulting service value innovation in Nigeria. Letâ€™s do this!!!