Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address to the class of 2017 at Harvard University. He himself only got his honorary degree from Harvard this year. He actually dropped out of the university in his sophomore year in 2005.
Zuckerberg began his speech by saying, "If I get through this speech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard."
Zuckerberg, though, delivered one hell of a speech. Here are our favorite parts:
1. "My best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla [his wife]. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to 'see me.' Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: 'I'm going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.'"
2. "Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven't had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That's not a thing."
3. "Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose."
4. "Purpose doesn't only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says 'everyone,' we mean everyone in the world."
5. "We all know we don't succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. If we're honest, we all know how much luck we've had."
6. Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity. But it's not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week—that's all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential."
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7. "Change starts local. Even global changes start small—with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this—your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose."