To me the movie, The Social Network was more than about the history of Facebook. It was thought provoking and made me think it should be shown in every high school and college to show students just what is possible in this great world of ours.
While there were many lessons, probably, the biggest one was how incredibly fast our world changes. To think that it was 2003 when Facebook was a mere idea and now just seven short years later, it has over 500 million members (and growing) all over to world! This is amazing stuff. Did you know that the Facebook website ranks #2 in the world, right behind Google?
Here is what I learned from this. You certainly cannot sit idle in this world and expect to get ahead. You need to keep moving and pay attention to the rapid changes going on in the world and constantly be evolving in your business. If you don’t, some smart college-aged kid is going to put you out of business!
The other takeaway I had, had to do with the two Harvard classmates who went on to sue Mark Zuckerberg because they said Facebook was their idea. The outcome of the lawsuit is really irrelevant (you may know it already, but if you don’t and you haven’t seen the movie I won’t spoil it for you). The takeaway though is priceless and threefold.
One, if you have a great idea and you do something with the idea, you could become very rich or as in Mark Zuckerberg’s case, be the youngest billionaire in the world. But if you have a great idea and never act on your idea, it will become a reality by someone else who does take action.
Two, if you have an idea but you don’t possess the skills it takes to bring the idea to reality, hire someone who does. It may also be wise to have them sign a non-disclosure agreement!
Three, regardless of what many people try to convince others about not having to work to get rich or only having to work a mere 4 hours per week, it takes work and time to make money. If the movie is in any way real in terms of how Mark Zuckerberg worked, he deserves to be a billionaire. The creation of Facebook was part of his every waking moment. He was passionate about it and passion changes the world.