Want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg?
If you haven’t heard of Mark Zuckerberg then we can only assume you’ve been living under a rock for the passed ten years.At just 28 years old, he is the Cofounder, chairman and CEO of popular social networking website Facebook. He ranks in at number 25 on Forbes most powerful people list (under Barack Obama and Bill Gates to name a few) and is worth an estimated $9.4bn.Impressed? We are too.
Impressed? We are too.
Here at University Compare, we pride ourselves on giving the best possible service to you future pioneers. By allowing you to search through courses and different universities, we are able to give you future Mark Zuckerbergs the chance to find the right course, in the right place. University is an important step in realising your potential, after all Facebook was founded in a dorm room at Harvard. So how can you make the most of your time at university? Take a look into the work ethics of our shining example, Zuckerberg. It wasn’t purely his intelligence than made him so successful, neither was it luck. It was his pure passion and love for what he did, and the mentality that nothing is impossible.
Be honest with yourself, how many times have you chosen an Xbox session over revision? Or chosen a night in with the girls over research for your dissertation? It’s too easy to get distracted by the third episode of Big Bang Theory and forget that important lecture, but it’s exactly this attitude that stops you from reaching your potential. A small change in attitude is the start of something big. If there is something within campus that needs changing, if your sports facilities aren’t what they should be for example, do something about it. It’s easy to sit and complain behind closed doors to your flat mate, but unless someone takes control, nothing will change. Get out there and make sure something is done about it.
Zuckerberg used this exact tactic when he heard fellow students requesting an internal website within Harvard. The students wanted to be able to access photos and contact details on each other, so Mark took it upon himself to develop what the students wanted. He knew the university wouldn’t do anything about it, so he would. Little did he know that this would be his ticket to success. Zuckerberg named the website Facebook and launched it from his dorm room on February 4th, 2004. It began as simply a website for students at Harvard university until Zuckerberg decided to make it available to other schools. The website’s popularity continued to grow and the rest as they say, is history.
Although Mark Zuckerberg’s story is impressive, it takes time, hard work and dedication to turn an idea into something real; you need to be prepared for this. The initial stages of Facebook took over a year to be completed, it wasn’t made in a day and Zuckerberg had to invest so much time he dropped out of Harvard. (We aren’t suggesting you follow in his footsteps) but it proves the dedication you need to make a success of yourself. We’re not saying you have to be a program developer in order to make your millions, there are lots of opportunities for you as an aspiring student to better yourself, it just takes hard work. Here at University Compare, we believe that what you put in is what you get out, therefore our advice to you is to get up off your gaming chair and do something productive with your week, starting now.
If you have an idea that you believe is great, don’t wait for the end of university to act on it. The great thing about university is the free time that comes along side it. Instead of wasting your long holidays and free weekends doing very little, spend your time wisely and develop your idea. Split your time between assignments carefully and by the time you graduate, you could have built the foundations for a great company as well as completing a degree.
It doesn’t take a huge bank balance to become the next pioneer, you just need the desire to better yourself and the perseverance to continue the race even after the first hurdle knocked you over. Work hard at university and continue to work hard in your free time then who knows, in ten years time we might be writing an article about you.