The Secret Behind Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Success.

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook

Once in a while, the secret behind a success story comes down to good old-fashioned parenting skills.

In a recent radio interview, Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist and father to Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stated:

“Probably the best thing I can say is something that my wife and I have always believed in,” he said. “Rather than impose upon your kids or try and steer their lives in a certain direction, to recognize what their strengths are and support their strengths and support the development of the things they’re passionate about.”

Dr. Zuckerberg also emphasized that, even though he was not a computer expert, he loved gadgets and high-tech toys and was constantly surrounded by the latest advancement in technology.

He also described Mark as:

“a good student” with “a special affinity for math and sciences,” as well as a “very quiet guy” who “doesn’t like to boast about his accomplishments.”

He also said that:

When Mark was named Time magazine’s person of the year, his famous son remarked that “it must have been a really slow year. He’s very humble.”

I smiled when I read this article. I am a senior geek – you know, over 60 yet loving every minute of this exciting technological era. My two-year-old granddaughter was introduced to YouTube.Com by yours truly and was one of the first phrases in her vocabulary.

Now, at the tender age of 5, she can press buttons and navigate menus like a little pro and, what she doesn’t understand, she learns in one quick explanation.

And, I have already started training my 16-month-old grandson. The smile on his face when he masters a simple picture swipe on my IPhone or presses the record or play button on my Flip Camera is priceless.

But balance is key here. Both my grandchildren are active and thriving. My granddaughter plays hockey, dances, swims and, I know that her brother will follow in her footsteps. My newest grandchild, a boy, will have to wait a few months to be technologically christened by Nonni. Until then, it’s lullabies and hugs!

Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and to his parents for showing the rest of the world how it’s done!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “The Secret Behind Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Success.”

  1. What a wonderful interview – and a very valuable lesson for parents. One I wished I had followed for my son. Young children learn so quickly son’t they, it’s a marvel and as a Nana myself it is pure joy to watch their faces light up when they master something. Thanks for posting!

    As for being a ‘senior geek’ (I love that phrase) kudos to you. Computers and I get along OK, but I have yet to get a cell phone, lol.


  2. MCL, we had 2 worlds collide when my 4yr old granddaughter decided to change the greeting on her parent’s phone. While her mom was in another room, she pressed the record button and made up a new song on the spot, lol.


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