From being one of Facebook’s first employees to running her own media company, Randi Zuckerberg has had her fair share of success. As a mom of two young boys, a wife and a business owner, Zuckerberg shared her tips with CPP students on how to live a balanced, “well-lopsided” life Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the College of Business Administration’s Dean’s Leadership Forum.
Zuckerberg talked about her unlikely path to entrepreneurship. As a young girl, Zuckerberg’s dream job was to sing on Broadway but she said life took her in other directions when her brother, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, called her in 2004 to ask her to join his small startup company that was still run out of a house at the time and she agreed.
During her time as Facebook’s marketing director she worked on a variety of projects, her most popular being the creation and development of Facebook Live. In 2011, Zuckerberg said she hung up her Silicon Valley hat for a couple reasons, one of them being that she was tired of being the only woman in the room and wanted to dedicate the next chapter of her life to getting more women in the room.
Now a New York Times best-selling author, Zuckerberg has just released her fourth book titled “Pick Three You Can Have it All (Just Not Every Day).”
Throughout the forum, Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of her “pick three” method that originated from people always asking her how she managed to balance her life.
“Nobody balances it all,” she said. “There is no such thing as work/life balance. Out of the five main categories in our lives, we can only pick three to prioritize each day: work, sleep, fitness, friends and family. Pick three for today, and you can pick a different three tomorrow. You can truly only do a few things well at one time and be successful at them.”
Zuckerberg said the things that we are proudest of in our lives happen when we are well-lopsided and that includes maintaining a good group of friends.
In the case of college students, she said the network of friends they surround themselves with is more important now than ever before because peers can be mentors and can provide opportunities.
Another of Zuckerberg’s goals is to create new technologies that help people attain mindfulness. She displayed a variety of different iPhone apps designed to achieve this that ranged from outrageous to useful. One app was called the “Nothing” app and is simply a plain white screen intended to help users digitally detox while still being on their phones.
Zuckerberg also discussed the dangers that she said could be associated with Virtual Reality (VR). She said that if children use VR to play violent video games, they could develop real conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I think we have to tread very responsibly with any new technology,” she said. “We have to be thinking about the ethics of technology right now.”
She ended her discussion by singing a parody on the main song from “The Little Mermaid” about living life more offline.
“Wish I could be part of that world where people talk to each other,” Zuckerberg sang.
The large Ursa Major suite in the Bronco Student Center, where the event was held, filled from front to back with students and guests of all ages who attended the event.
Marisol Urquiza, a fourth-year business administration student, said Zuckerberg’s message resonated with her.
“I learned that life can take you on unexpected paths, but things can end up working out in the end,” Urquiza said.
Valerie Torres, another fourth-year business administration student, said she felt the same way.
“I really like her message that you can have it all,” Torres said.
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