Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, spoke to 10,000 people yesterday at BYU for a Technology Forum with Senator Orrin Hatch. As the world’s youngest billionaire and arguably the most influential person of our generation, you can imagine that lots of people were keen to hear what he had to say.
Now love him or hate him, you’ve gotta admit that Mark Zuckerberg is a visionary. Here were some of my biggest highlights from what he had to say:
- “You really have to believe in and love what you’re doing. That’s the most important thing.
- “Most people have something that they’re super passionate about, and I’d encourage you guys to find that thing.
- “People don’t get put into roles, they create them on their own.
- “[At Facebook] We just look for people that are passionate about something. What we really look for when we’re interviewing people is what they’ve shown an initiative to do on their own.”
- The internet just gives everyone a voice. People have the ability to put it out there and be heard.
- “[Facebook is] giving people a way to connect that they didn’t have before.
- “If people are more connected, the world will be a better place.”
- One person sharing info online “can be really disruptive in a really positive way.
- “It’s important if you take on any big challenge that you just love and have faith in what you’re doing.”
As an image consultant, it was interesting (though not surprising) for me to see Zuckerberg wearing his standard hoodie and jeans at BYU yesterday. By dressing in a way that most college kids do, he played to his audience and made himself relatable to them.
As a Gen Y innovator who has changed the world, he pretty much has license to do and wear whatever the freak he wants. That said, keep in mind there is a downside to making jeans and a hoodie your standard wardrobe everyday.
If you are in a leadership position, people are less likely to take you seriously if you wear uber casual clothes. A guy I know used to work for a thriving start-up that was run by a 20-something guy who regularly wore deconstructed jeans and graphic tees to the office. In an effort to dress for the job he wanted, my friend would dress in collared shirts, vests, and sweaters and as a result, would often be mistaken for the decision maker over the CEO because of what he wore.
Now there’s nothing wrong with jeans, t-shirt, and a hoodie, but if you’re going to a career fair, job or internship interview, do your career a favor and make an effort to dress up. It will have an impact on your confidence and perceived capability.
Today’s image lesson? Know your audience and dress accordingly.