One day Mark Zuckerberg woke up, rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, stumbled into the bathroom, flipped on the lights, and squinted at the mirror.
He didn’t look great.
Me? I often feel like a truck has run over my face during that moment in time.
As his eyes adjusted a little, he had a thought along the lines of ‘I’m worth a billion dollars.’
Then he splashed some water on his face, put on some worn out (comfy) jeans, and went to work.
Wait…he went to work?!
Let’s talk about this for a second.
We work SO hard to make money, thinking that money is going to FREE us from something, or allow us to DO something.
But then we look at Zuck…and we see a guy who has more money then he’ll ever be able to spend, CHOOSING to go to work, which I promise you isn’t a picnic table with cheese and tomato.
Why does Zuck go to work when he could literally be doing anything in the world he wanted to do?
I’ll tell you.
Zuck sat down one day and contemplated this reality.
In fact, he probably took a trip or two to ‘test things out’.
What did he find?
He liked BUILDING something that MATTERED.
It’s a legacy he’s created, and he wants to see it thrive.
Here’s an AMAZING quote by Earl Nightingale you may hear me share fairly often on EntrepreneurOnFire;
‘Success and happiness is the gradual realization of a worthy ideal.’
Zuck get’s it, because he’s had the chance to stare this reality in the face. The reality that if he left Facebook to ‘party’ he would not be on a journey that is of WORTH.
So here’s a guy that could be doing anything, and chooses to battle stockholders, board members, users, the press, his management team EVERY day, because he knows living a life that lacks the gradual realization of a worthy ideal is a life not worth getting excited about.
Are you on a gradual realization of a worthy ideal?
If not, why not? We just showed how money will NEVER be the end all be all, but a life you KNOW if your heart of hearts is worthy ALWAYS will be.
Start living that life TODAY.
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What are your thoughts on this?