- “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”
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. It is not!
He is basically saying, challenge the norm; don’t acknowledge
limitations or in Naija lingo Never ever stay in your lane. Forge new tracks for your own lane.
- “The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’”
Valid question. Are you? No, not Mark Zuckerberg; we know he’s pretty
much figured that out. 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. Don’t answer just yet- think on these
- “People don’t care about what you say; they care about what you build.”
He said it, not I. 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.
- “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”
There is nothing else to add. Res ipsa loquitur
- “Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.”
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.
- “I 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.”
Thank you, O Wise One. People, when a dozen projects are dropped in
your lap with an impossible timeline, MZ says start with what’s easier.
If you begin a Start-up, and a million things are calling for your
attention at the same time, the trick: do what’s easier first.
- “The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves
continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can
always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.”
Innovate. Create. Try new things. Stay ahead of the curve. Stay ahead
of the competition. That’s how electricity was discovered. It’s how the
internet came to be. It’s how drones and other new technology were
made. Believe in your crazy ideas.
- “We look for people who are passionate about something. In a way, it almost doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about.”
Passion is the fuel that drives the mission. Find your passion and plug it into something.
- “You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all.”
Loose the fear of failure. It’s a noose around your neck. Do it afraid.