SENSE OF PURPOSE | Does universe have a purpose?

“I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose,” said Mark Zuckerberg, who was the principal speaker at Harvard’s 366th Commencement on May 25.




One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”.






Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.


You’re graduating at a time when this is especially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.



To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.But it’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.


私たちの社会を一歩進めるために、私たちは世代的な挑戦に向かっています。ただ単に仕事を作るだけではなく、新たなsense of purposeを創るという挑戦です。自分ひとりのPurposeを作るだけでは不十分で、周囲の人々のsense of purposeを創る必要があります。

I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we’d build.


A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn’t want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.


Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn’t agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone.

しかし、経営陣のほぼ全員がFacebookを売りたがりました。sense of higher purposeがなかったために、「世界中の人をつなげる」という理想は、スタートアップの単なる夢に終わっていたかもしれません。

That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.

Now, years later, I understand that *is* how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It’s up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.


今、私はそれが、sense of higher purposeがないときに起こることだと理解しました。協力して先に進むためにPurposeを創ることは自分たちの責任です。


First, let’s take on big meaningful projects.

The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.

The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says “everyone”, we mean everyone in the world.

Sense of purposeを創るために必要なことは、





“May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us *find the courage* to make our lives a blessing.”

I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.





Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement address at Harvard







マークザッカーバーグはどこで取材をされるときも、身近な人とのつながりの力(CONNECT THE WORLD)を信じていると語ります。

自分自身の大切な人とのつながりを記録に残し、大切な人の今を知るというのがFacebookの原点であり、その原点を忘れなかったからこそ、Facebookはたったの13年で時価総額世界5位($440Bn)に、マークザッカーバーグ自身も個人資産世界5位($63.3Bn) になったのでしょう。



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