June 8th, 2011, Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech to the eighth graders at Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park, CA, as Facebook plans on moving to Menlo Park, and was keen to get to know the neighbours.

During his speech, Zuckerberg, shared a few things that he’s learned, that has enabled him to not succumb to the attitude of “I can’t”.  He talks about how building a company, or a product like Facebook is about determination, and believing that you can.

His three key learnings, were:

1) Everything that’s worth doing, is actually pretty hard and takes a lot of work.
2) Focus on surrounding yourself with great relationships and friends that you trust.
3) Do what you love.

In a bit more detail:

1) Everything that’s worth doing, is actually pretty hard and takes a lot of work
Anyone that tells you it’s easy, or you can do it overnight, is just wrong.
Whether you’re an Athelete, or a musician, or you’re building a company, it’s not about a single moment of inspiration or brilliance it’s about years and years of hard work, before you get there.
It’s really the hard work that underlies everything that you do.
If you want to do anything  great, that’s just something that you need to remember.
Anything that’s really awesome to do takes a lot of work, and a lot of practice to get there.

2) Focus on surrounding yourself with great relationships and friends that you trust.
Things are hard – only your real friends, and the people around you are the ones who will tell you that you can do it, and support you in doing it.
It’s not about the one person, or the lead singer of the band, because no one ever does anything alone, they always do it with their friends, and partners.
Those relationships enable you to build awesome things.
So focus on those, and have fun.
Great friendships are what makes life fun and meaningful and enables you to do awesome things.

3) Do what you love.
You can make yourself do things that you don’t like doing.
You can overcome things, that you don’t like doing.
But it’s a lot easier to focus on  challenges that you really do enjoy doing.
If you have the option to play a game, even if it’s really hard, if it’s something that you like, you’re going to power through that, and find a way to do it.
Life is like that a lot of times.  You can make yourself do challenging things that you don’t like, but if you actually do stuff that you love it’s a lot easier, and takes on a lot more purpose.

Some great words..  I’ll be adding my own thoughts later, but for now, I just wanted to share the video, with you all..

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