Mark Zuckerberg’s Best and Inspiring Response to Grandma Becomes Viral

Mark Zuckerberg's Best and Inspiring Response to Grandma Becomes Viral

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Interesting FB status posts are those that stir excitement about extreme emotions of joy, anger or disgust; indulgence on food, gadgets and travel; and achievements in life and career. All these would normally come from the “Millennials” also known as Generation Y (the generation born from the 1980’s to 2000’s). Millennials are able to easily start up a thread of discussion by simply posting a “comment” , clicking a “like” button, or “share” recently  taken or “throwback” photos on social media. Millennials are “yuppies” or young professionals that are most active members of social media and have easy access to the internet and resources like smartphones and gadgets.

And from whom the best, most commented post would come but the Facebook CEO himself – Mark Zuckerberg. It wasn’t just a discussion-deserved post but something that has marked a life’s lesson for many.

Recently, Mark posted on his Facebook account his plans of inventing an AI assistant for himself to do some househelp and even look after his month old baby girl on his behalf. The post got more than 24,000 responses and more than 20,000 likes. (Yahoo!).

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Out of the more or less 24,000 responses, one comment caught Mark’s attention. It was from a grandmother named Darlene Hackemer Loretto who said “ I keep telling my granddaughters to date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg….” The FB founder then made a prompt response to Loretto ”Even better would be to encourage them to “be” the nerd in school so they can be the next successful inventor!”.

Mark Zuckerberg's Best and Inspiring Response to Grandma Becomes Viral
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Grandma’s advice was good but.. Mark NAILED it

We understand that grandmas, like any other doting elders in the family, would always hope and wish for the best for their grandchildren, just as how Loretto thought for her granddaughters. But what’s more inspiring  is when you hear these sensible thoughts and wise advice from the younger generation, from whom we wouldn’t normally expect. Just as what Mr. Zuckerberg has suggested to Loretto to encourage young women to strive for success themselves.

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Mark’s response did not seem to be a mere comment to the thread of discussion, but has taken center stage at inspiring, educating and sharing wise knowledge to all. It’s a wisdom from someone who has intellectually matured through rich experience and achievement. It’s a lesson that every individual must learn and live with.


Success is a self-earned achievement through hard work and optimism. It does not come while we sit or lie down in comfort and wait for it to show up. We should do things ourselves. Although we may seek and receive help from others, but not to expect others to solely do things for us.

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Mark Zuckerberg never expected that hard work on a college project “Facebook”, would take the biggest leap of fate for him and his colleagues, and become the most popular social networking site and a vital element in the life of netizens and mostly everyone else in the world today.

It took me even years before I hone myself to be resilient from failing plans and like Mark and Facebook, through dedication I have sustain a company in more than ten years.

Mark’s words clearly emphasized that success is not pure luck as marrying a nerd who becomes one great inventor and billionaire, but rather achieved through hard work, passion and optimism – conjoint together to build you up and take you to where you want to be.

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