Small and Difficult Choices

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t Mark Zuckerberg

“Mark Zuckerberg” has become a codeword for the truly gifted exception, the wunderkind freak of nature for whom traditional rules don’t apply.

Well, sure, Mark Zuckerberg can drop out of Harvard, but you’re not Mark Zuckerberg…

Here’s the thing: Even Mark isn’t Mark Zuckerberg.

This notion that there’s a one in a billion alignment of DNA and experience that magically creates an exception is just total nonsense. Mark is successful because of a million small choices, not because he, and he alone, has some magical properties.

Mostly, the best way to be the next Mark Zuckerberg is to make difficult choices.

As I said, I’m a huge fan of Seth. Here I think he does a great job of destroying the notion of the superstar or the mad genius. Sure, Mark Zuckerberg is a genius and has a ton of talent – but more importantly he made a ton of small and difficult decisions that led him to where he and Facebook are today.

So what’s the next small or difficult decision you could make today. As my friend Tony Robbins likes to describe – think about the massive tanker ship that makes a less than one degree change in it’s course. Over the course of it’s trip that less than one degree change could mean the difference between landing in Canada or South America.

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