My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being just a company means to me is not being just that – building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.
Mark Zuckerberg

Time’s Person of the Year (2010), Mark Zuckerberg is one of the wealthiest and influential people in the world. He co-founded Facebook (one of the most utilized social networking sites with over a billion registered users) and now the President and CEO (of Facebook), with net worth of over $40 Billion. He is also known as a philanthropist, donating great portions of his earnings to fund several causes like children’s  education, cure for Ebola virus, relevant researches and charity. More than the profit, Mark Zuckerberg aims to create a company or something that the whole world will benefit from. Something that will empower the people.

Mark’s self-confidence (aside from being a great strategist) makes him a winner. He strongly believes in his capabilities and that his skills can help him make a difference in this planet. I think that this is what most of us have been missing- believing in oneself- that we have the capacity to make this world a better place. Another gap that most of us have is the lack of effort and perseverance to fight and stand for the things we create or believe in. By mere criticism about our work, we crumble thwarted by the sheer words that we know would be otherwise. When in pain, we wallow and when told that the future is dim, we agree.

Mark Zuckerberg fearlessly defended his work (Facebook’s vision) against the people who doubted him and his talent. He never stopped, he pressed on like a true trailblazer.  As a leader we need to teach our people the power of believing in their own capabilities and that these talents are mostly responsible for the organization’s success. However, we must not forget that before we teach them the value of self-confidence, we teach ourselves that first.

Attributes: Perseverance, Resilience, Strategist, Confidence

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Franelyn Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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