From its inception in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room in 2004, Facebook has expanded from exclusively servicing Harvard students to being used by nearly two billion people worldwide. The social media platform’s success catapulted Zuckerberg into a household name, making him one of the world’s youngest billionaires. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from the Facebook CEO’s incredible career.
When Bill Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen first envisioned a world in which every home had a computer, the public scoffed. Today, Gates is the world’s richest man, and Microsoft is a household name. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the most influential figures of the Information Age.
Consider the future of your industry.
Gates’s success lay in his engagement in the digital revolution in his early 20s. Decades later, Gates encouraged the graduates of 2017 to also enter fields that would have an impact far into the future; he personally suggested artificial intelligence, energy, and bio-science.
It may be easier to forego the smaller parts of an assignment, but doing so can lead to sloppiness and mismanagement. During the first five years of Microsoft, Gates left no room for mistakes; he personally reviewed every line of code that the company delivered!
Don’t dwell on success.
Although Gates has been tremendously successful, he recognizes that expectations are forever changing. The important thing, Gates claims, is to be in an industry that is personally fulfilling, regardless of the ups and downs of your career.
Work with people who are different than you.
Gates stresses the need to work with people with different skill sets; he often discusses how his longtime friend, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, gives him invaluable insights on business. Partnerships like the one between Gates and Buffett help both people grow by challenging them to think in new ways.
Plan your work schedule.
Taking the time to plan your work schedule is very helpful in keeping organized. Gates is a stickler for time management, and often asks his friend Steve Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, to give him input on his schedule.
When you want to find information on the Internet, chances are that you head to Google, the world’s most popular search engine. Google is the brainchild of Larry Page, who first conceived of the idea when he was a student at Stanford. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from Page’s staggering success.
Janice Bryant Howroyd was told by her high school teacher that people of African American heritage were only suited for slavery. She then went on to become the first African American woman to own a billion-dollar company. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from the CEO of the ACT•1 Group, the largest privately-held, woman-owned workforce solutions company to be founded in the United States.
When Google’s sixteenth employee, Susan Wojcicki, became pregnant during the company’s early days, many of her coworkers expected her to quit her position as Marketing Manager. Instead, she stayed, oversaw the growth of Google’s advertising division to $50 billion, became the CEO of YouTube, and still finds the time to go home for dinner every night. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the most powerful women in the United States.
American Express (Amex) CEO, Kenneth Chenault, is known for scaling the Amex ranks through his savvy business deals, as well as for forgiving millions of dollars in late fees after the 9/11 attacks. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the first African Americans to lead a Fortune 500 company.
What other CEO but Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would allow dissatisfied customers to e-mail him directly? Such is the commitment to customer service of Bezos, the leader of the world’s highest-earning internet company. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from the king of e-commerce.
As head of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm and has regularly been named one of the best CEOs in the world. Who would have guessed that this industry titan started off as a humble weatherman? Here are five career lessons that you can learn from the man at the helm of one of the world’s most beloved (and powerful) companies.
Bernard “Bernie” Howroyd founded AppleOne Employment Services and raised it from a single office struggling to get by on $5.94 into a global business. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from a former encyclopedia salesman-turned-staffing industry guru.
Oprah Winfrey rose from a childhood of poverty and abuse to being the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in American history. Here are five career lessons you can learn from the inspiring ascent of “The Queen of All Media.”