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There are some mind blowing facts about the young billionaire, First one is that, He came up with the idea for Snapchat while working on a class project as a student at Stanford in 2010 and the second is that He was a school dropout – Evan Spiegel as a result of the idea he had left school in the year 2012.
With reference to him not graduating, he said, “It only recently occurred to me how totally absurd this whole charade (graduation) was. It reminded me that often times we do all sorts of silly things to avoid appearing different.Conforming happens so naturally that we can forget how powerful it is – we want to be accepted by your peers – we want to be a part of the group. It’s in our biology. But the things that make us human are those times we listen to the whispers of our soul and allow ourselves to be pulled in another direction”
For Evan, being pulled in another direction meant starting a company and not completing his education.
Another time Spiegel didn’t conform was when he decided not to sell Snapchat to Facebook for billions of dollars. Facebook made him an offer twice, and Spiegel reportedly walked away both times. Spiegel says the question he receives most often is “Why didn’t you sell your business?”
According to him, “people called him a lot of things besides crazy — things like arrogant and entitled. Some said that Snapchat doesn’t even make money – It’s a fad. He could be on a boat right now. Everyone loves boats. What’s wrong with you?'”
In response to these remarks, Evan said that “I am now convinced that the fastest way to figure out if you are doing something truly important to you is to have someone offer you a bunch of money to part with it,
“The best thing is that, no matter whether or not you sell, you will learn something very valuable about yourself. If you sell, you will know immediately that it wasn’t the right dream anyways. And if you don’t sell you’re probably onto something. Maybe you have the beginning of something meaningful,” he added.
Spiegel said he would have sold his first startup called Future Freshman, but nobody wanted to buy it. (That got me laughing)
From the speech he made, I was able to cut out important points which are:
- You already have inside of you all of the amazing things you need to follow the dreams that you have. And if you get stuck along the way there’s a ton of free information available on the Internet
- “Have faith in yourself. Know that you will be capable of all the growth expected of you and that you expect of yourself.”
- “Someone will always have an opinion of you. Whatever you do will never be enough. So find something important to you, something you love.”
- “You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. Just apologize as quickly as you can and pray for forgiveness.”
- “You’re going to face a challenge, a full-time job. The hardest part is going to be getting used to solving problems that don’t yet have answers.”
- In times of despair, you may believe the cynic who tells you that one person cannot make a difference – and there are times it may be hard to see your own impact. I beg you to remember that it is not possible at this time or anytime to know the end results of our efforts. That is for our God alone
- “Please voice your dissent. Anticipate your erasure. And find something you aren’t willing to sell.”
Whew – That speech up there blew me off! Like literally – you can read the whole speech below:
I am not going to get in the preacher mode – but I would like to ask one question with reference to his speech:
Have you found something you aren’t willing to sell! – If you haven’t, what are the steps you are taking in finding it.