If you spend any amount of time on Facebook, you have probably seen someone post a status update about Mark Zuckerberg giving away his millions. It goes something like this:
Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock.
What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY and tag 5-10 of your friends.
At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy.
I’m always dumbfounded by these hoaxes that seem so obviously untrue, yet good friends, who I know and respect will repost them in the event there is a shred of hope that this could actually happen. And it got me thinking, have we given up all hope of creating something on our own? Do we think Mark Zuckerberg is special somehow, different from us in that we could never accomplish as much and accumulate such wealth? That our best shot at achieving wealth is a giveaway that we know probably isn’t rooted in truth anyway?
No doubt about it, Mark thought of something brilliant, found his calling and created something everyone was looking for (even if we didn’t realize we were looking for it). No doubt he worked unbelievably hard, was uncomfortable often and missed out on other things to build what we all enjoy today.
Something else I bet he did; found mentors. Found people who were doing the types of things he wanted to do and had a close group who supported him and believed in him.
Today, I noticed this was going around now.
It made me chuckle, but also made me think.
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving you money….. or is he?
The biggest indicator in determining if someone will succeed or fail is who they surround themselves with. Jim Rohn said you are the average of the top five people you spend the most time with.
Do you know what that means?
- That means if you take the people you spend the most time with, the people who are your biggest influencers, and you average their income up, it will probably be your income.
- If you look at your top five influencers and if they workout regularly, you will probably be working out too.
- Happy marriages? It’s more likely yours will be happy.
See the pattern here?
Think about the things you want to do. Not later this afternoon, or next week, I mean the things you really want to do. The great things you want to accomplish in this life. And if you haven’t let yourself dream about that in a while, think back to what it used to be. What do you really want to do, so that at the end of your life you think, ‘I am so glad I tried that.’
Look at your top five influencers. Do any of them do what you want to do? Are you hanging around with people who are doing the thing you dream of doing?
If not, you are not alone. But do you know where you can probably find them? Surround yourself with them? Ask them questions and pick their brains?
Do you know?
Mark Zuckerberg, whether he meant to or not, gave you a way to expand your circle of influence, build your dreams, and find people who were doing what you want to do!
This year, I really wanted to start a podcast. It’s actually been on my list for FIVE years. Yes. Five years. Why the heck didn’t I do it before?
Because I wasn’t sure how. I wasn’t sure where to start or what to do. So I found people on Facebook doing what I wanted to do. I joined in on the conversation and I asked questions. Soon I had my answers and a link to an article that provided everything I ever wanted to know.
How did I do it? How did I go from moving something on my list that had been there for five years to doing it and having it live within two months?
I expanded my circle. I found people who were doing what I wanted to do and suddenly it didn’t seem so difficult or scary or far from possibility.
There is a Facebook group for just about anything you could ever think of. These groups are chucked full of people who have done, or want to do what you want to do. Find them. Surround yourself with them. Ask them questions. Watch them and believe you can do it to.
So no, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving away his millions to you. But he already gave you a way to expand your circle, start doing things you didn’t think were possible, and design your own special something to make your own millions. You don’t need Mark’s money anyway.