Building Things

People are people. But while everyone may have the right to change the world, not everyone can. Mark Zuckerberg has no more right to change how people interact with one another than you do, yet he has. He was exposed to an idea that he had the skills to create. Less than a decade later he's worth fourteen billion dollars (that's $14,000,000,000.00).

His ability to build things let him seize an incredible opportunity and, for better or worse, change the world.

Zuckerberg isn't the only person to do this: Jobs seized the opportunity presented by computers by building them to be accessible to non-technologists. Gates built a company unlike any other by allowing technological and business ideas to feed off of one another. Musk first used technology to re-imagine money for the internet and is now doing the same for cars and rockets. The list goes on.

The ability to bring a vision to life is every bit as important as the vision itself. But unlike vision, building things is a skill. One thing we all have in common is our capacity to learn new skills. And it's the skills we choose to learn that determine what we can create.