Imagine the Kay reading Ronni's post over at Time Goes By yesterday morning. Imagine the Kay choking on her coffee when she read Mark Zuckerberg's statement:
“I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,’ he stated. ‘If you want to found a successful company, you should only hire young people with technical expertise… Young people are just smarter.”
Right. When I was twenty-four like Mr. Z., I thought I had the world by the cojones. Five years later I was a full-fledged grownup -- married, two babies, and a boatload of responsibility and I suddenly began to realize how wise my parents were. That learning curve has continued to this day and will continue until I die. Then again, I always liked older people -- they always told great stories and had advice from which I could learn -- although sometimes I ignored it and learned later. I'd be interested in knowing what Mark's mother has to say about his arrogant attitude -- I'm guessing that she's in her 40s or 50s and, according to her son, dumb as a rock. If he were my son, I'd be raising total hell with him even if he was sharing his megabucks with me.
I remember telling the Dynamic Duo (my kids) in their high school and college years, when they thought they had all the answers, that I wasn't young enough to know everything but one thing I did have was experience in the adventure we call life. It's one thing to be smart; it's another to have wisdom. At 24, wisdom is thin on the ground.
My personal definition of of wisdom is intelligence tempered by experience. Experience is the wake up call when we get, what my daddy always said, "too big for our britches." I did it and so did y'all if you're of a certain age and we learned when our youthful arrogance came back and slapped us in the face. The lesson made us better and it made us smarter. We might be old but we aren't dead and most of us are in full control of our brains and have a lot to offer employers.
And because my last statement is true, I think we all need to report Mr. Zuckerberg's corporation to the Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunity Commission because he, as CEO, is openly discriminatory and I'm sure that affects his personnel department's policy. I hope he enjoys trying to eat his words for the feds since they've been duly recorded in the media.
I also think he needs to learn a bit of wisdom I picked up from a bar sign I saw in my callow youth and set me a-thinking: "Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." It still hangs over that bar to this day and today those words give me comfort instead of pause.