Michael Littig, co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute

July 30th, 2019 · 1 hr 3 mins

About this Episode

Meet Michael Littig, Co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute. Their mission is to establish a community of entrepreneurs that encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs as they build their business or start their next venture. Sound familiar? It should because that's what I am hoping to build with this podcast, too.

Michael's journey includes living among Shaman and nomads, speaking before the UN, and even performing in live theater. We're going to hear one of the more unique entrepreneurial journeys we’ve shared to date in this episode.

While his story is incredible, you will hear some themes pertinent to all entrepreneurs that I want to highlight. First, the idea of community, even among entrepreneurs, is the key to survival. Additionally, you’ll hear all about the importance of our experiences, good and bad, and how they can be lifelong lessons which can bring incredible value to our entrepreneurial ambitions. Lastly, you will hear how critical it is to not walk this journey alone. Michael is a master storyteller and I am honored to get to share his story with you today. As always, we start at the very beginning. This is Michael Littig’s startup story.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • His early childhood traveling between cities to spend with parents (who were divorced), growing up in a single-parent home, his early ambitions of wanting to be an astronaut, and his deep interest in forming disciplines
  • His growing interest in leadership in high school, how he entered high school wanting to be an astronaut and wanting to join the military, and leaving high school wanting to pursue acting and become a theater artist
  • Theater life and how he went from auditioning for a Broadway show to traveling to Italy to do theater, and how it shifted his life drastically
  • His time in Italy and how it shaped him for the experiences he’d go through when he returned
  • Following his passion to understand belief systems, rituals, performance, and how they all interact with a community.
  • Some lessons he learned while living and experiencing nomadic culture
  • Asking the question, “Where am I needed in the world?”
  • His experience speaking to the United Nations and teaching theater to a refugee camp on the border of Somali
  • How he went from a transformational period in Somalia to co-founding the Zuckerberg Institute

“Most entrepreneurs are driven toward autonomy, yet community is an absolute key to
survival.” - Michael Littig, Zuckerberg Institute

Resources from this episode:
Connect with Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-littig-150105179/
Zuckerberg Institute: https://www.zuckerberginstitute.com/


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