[VIDEO] Beyond job creation, have renewed sense of purpose, Zuckerberg to graduands

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has asked graduating class of his alma mater, Harvard, not to just create jobs but to also have a sense of purpose.

Zuckerberg was a student at Havard University but left to found the Facebook.

He said, “To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.

“I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we’d build.

“I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch’s with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.

“The thing is, it never even occurred to me that the ‘someone’ might be us. We were just college kids. We didn’t know anything about that.

“There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.

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“I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you’re sure someone else will do it. But they won’t. You will.

“But it’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.

“Today, I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively.

“Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

“One of my favourite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space centre; he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: ‘Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.’

“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for.

“Purpose is what creates true happiness.”

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