Former Facebook VP reveals lessons learnt from Zuckerberg

Former Facebook VP reveals lessons learnt from Zuckerberg

Mike Vernal, a former VP at Facebook and now a Partner at Sequoia Capital, has revealed the lessons he learned from reporting to Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg – Quartz reports.

“The best founders have what is called a ‘growth mindset’– where they really value learning and self-improvement above all else,” he details.

“Mark is certainly in that category. They surround themselves with advisors who help them get that, surround themselves with team members who help them get that, and try to discipline themselves to learn new things, constantly acquiring new skills and getting better at the things that you need to get better at.”

The concept of “growth mindset” was introduced by psychologist Carol Dweck in her 2006 book ‘Mindset: The new psychology of success’. She subsequently did a TED Talk on the subject, which can be seen below. 

She theorises that individuals fall into one of two categories; those who believe that their abilities are “fixed,” and those who believe they can constantly evolve.

Examples of the “highly mission driven” Zuckerberg bettering himself includes learning Mandarin to impress business leaders in China (where the social media platform is blocked), and his commitment to reading a new book every fortnight. 

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