Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Brigham Young University in Provo on the 25th of March, sitting down for the first official interview he has had on a school campus in front of an audience of 10,000+.
Never graduating from a formal university himself, his advice on company management and choosing a career path is based on life experience and successful entrepreneurship. The words of wisdom I took away from his interview with US Senator Orrin Hatch all funneled into two basic principles: advice for creating a successful company, and the second is a necessary characteristic to become a happy and successful employee.
Less is more.
Zuckerberg said that Facebook works hard to keep the company as small as possible. The success they are seeing is a direct result of focusing on the strength of the team, rather than that of the individual management. They ensure that every person added to the team is exceptional, and the result is retention of efficiency with an innovative team. A Facebook company motto: the individual developer should be able to do something better than a division of a company.
Be passionate about it.
Whatever you are doing, be passionate about it. You have to really love and believe in what you are doing as an entrepreneur, or the rational thing to do is–stop. The most profound answer from Zuckerberg to potential entrepreneurs was, “People don’t get put into roles; they create them.” If every employee has that mindset and motivation to excel, your company can expect incredible results. By having passion about what you want to define yourself as, and what you want to create, success is obtainable.