Mark Zuckerberg delivered a commencement address to the c/o 2017 @ Harvard and it wasn’t terrible.
There were a number of decent nuggets but there was one thing in particular that had me thinking much longer after the address ended and it was this simple idea of a shared sense of purpose.
He used the example of President Kennedy’s visit to NASA to highlight this point:
One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, 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”.
I like that so much, especially as I grow and build a new team with my startup and as I think about the folks that we’ll be bringing into the team in the early days.
Outside of the obvious need for skills we need, more than anything, the fundamental alignment that’ll keep us going, that’ll help us get through the tough moments of growing a business, and that ultimately lead to deep and personal satisfaction.
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.
Work will always be just that: Work. But it’s the community and the relationships around that work that make it all very palatable and very enjoyable.
Purpose is what can truly create real, lasting happiness… even joy. Thanks Mark.