Writers have a way of making it easy for them.
But for most, the way the world treats them is usually something they’ve chosen for themselves.
For most of us, the worst thing that could happen is that we become part of the problem.
That’s what happened to Mark Zuckerberg, and it’s what could happen to anyone who’s not able to write, let alone create.
Mark Zuckerberg’s story is a cautionary tale for writers, and a reminder that even the best of us can be left behind if we don’t have a strong voice in our corner.
Mark’s story, which we’ve been tracking since March of 2017, was the culmination of his efforts to help others succeed.
Zuckerberg started by writing a few articles on social media.
His success, he told his wife, helped him realize that he didn’t need to worry about finding a job in order to get through college, get married, and start a family.
Zuckerberg didn’t have to worry anymore.
“You’re not just a writer, you’re a leader,” he told them.
“I can see now how important that is.”
Zuckerberg and his wife took him to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to meet with a group of people from different industries.
Zuckerberg talked about how much he loved writing, how much the Internet helped him, and how much it had changed his life.
Zuckerberg was at peace, at peace with his own success.
He wasn’t even worried about losing it.
For Zuckerberg, a few years of writing and a few more years of life had been worth it.
Mark was in a different place, though.
Zuckerberg’s life, he was convinced, was not worth living.
“This is what you’re going to make a fortune doing, and this is what the world is going to do if you don’t get out of the way,” Zuckerberg said.
“So I don’t think you can be proud of yourself.
You’re going through the motions, and you’re not living the life you want to live.”
And Zuckerberg wasn’t just worried about himself.
He was also worried about his own future.
The man who’d written a few hundred articles on the Internet had a future.
Mark didn’t know that, but he knew that if he didn and he was forced to take on a new role, he’d be leaving behind a legacy that would make it hard to write again.
Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg said the next time he met with people from other industries, he would have to explain what he meant by being an entrepreneur.
He would have had to explain to them that he was the owner of a company, not a writer.
He had to tell them how much more important he thought their work was than he thought his own.
Zuckerberg never took on a position that was too big or too difficult.
He never made a career choice that was hard.
And he never had to think about the future, not in terms of his own career, but in terms with what it meant for the future of the world.
Mark had no problem taking on this new role.
He just wanted to be a part of it.
But his story was different.
Mark wasn’t going to take the new job he’d been promised, but instead, he wanted to help his fellow writers.
The rest of us writers might not have been as motivated or as ready as Mark was, but we all had a responsibility to help those who were struggling to reach their full potential.
And it’s not just writers.
When Mark started, he had no idea that the Internet would one day allow him to write.
He didn’t even know that there were writers like him.
And Mark didn, too.
We have all been told that writing is an art form, that it’s an innate ability.
We’ve heard that people with this talent have been successful writers for years.
The truth is, the truth is that no one has ever had the opportunity to be as successful as Mark Zuckerberg has been, and the truth, sadly, is that many of us who aspire to greatness in the world, like Mark, will be left out of it, too, unless we do something to help the rest of the writing community.
It’s a story of the creative industries, of writers, of the future.
We’re not all going to be Mark Zuckerbergs, and Mark will be a bit different than other writers.
He will have to change the way he approaches the business of writing.
And we’ll have to start thinking about how we’ll help Mark do it.