If there’s one lesson to learn from success, it’s that the more successful you become, the more that people expect you to fail.
This Time Magazine article from 2012 is a perfect example of how quick to judge some people are the moment you stumble. The article puts Mark Zuckerberg in the hot seat and critiques the first CEO to wear a hoodie at the executive table.
“Zuckerberg may be a visionary, but visionaries don’t always make great CEOs.”
Zuck’s biggest hater seems to be Reuters contributor John Abell.
“With most of Facebook’s public shares held by individual investors, he argues, “[t]he masses need a hero. That hero is not Mark Zuckerberg. He needs to get out of the way.”
To be fair, the Times article also details supporters of Zuckerberg’s unorthodox leadership style. PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy fired back with the headline “Facebook Doesn’t Need a New CEO, Reuters Needs a New Technology Writer.” Lacy praised Zuckerberg’s skills for amassing a company as large and successful as Facebook and by doing it his way.
At the time of that article in 2012, Facebook’s stocks “were hitting new lows on a daily basis.” Today, they are hitting new highs daily. According to a recent report on Mashable, Zuckerberg has now surpassed Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin with a net worth of $33.3 billion; Page is just under with $33.2 billion and Brin with $32.9 billion. The billionaire struggle is real.
If you haven’t noticed, Facebook is expanding into new industries all the time, evolving beyond the social media platform we all know and kind of love and hate at the same time. According to the report, if Facebook’s stock hits $200 dollars, the Zuck will dethrone Gates, Slim and Buffett and become the richest man in the world.
Facebook’s stock falls around $75 a share right now.
So if you are on your way to the top, take a lesson from Mark Zuckerberg- ignore all the naysayers, stay busy, and grow your company with a passion. We imagine he’s saying “Take that haters!” with a smile on his face right now.