Rejecting $3 Billion from Facebook

What one 23-year-old can teach us about vision and passion.

Comments (13)

(7) SARAH, November 15, 2016 4:48 PM

moe, i noticed you didn't say you have no FB account ?

(6) Anonymous, October 2, 2016 2:47 PM

I'm having a bitter life experience at the movement, not looking forward to RH at all but this inspired me. Thank you.

Moe Mernick, October 5, 2016 2:27 PM

You're welcome

Thanks for your note. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through a rough time. May you be blessed with a wonderful year ahead, filled with health, happiness, and much vision/passion to fulfill your dreams...

(5) Angela K Hill, September 30, 2016 12:42 AM

I love Evans passion and vision.

This has inspire, me to go forth and supersede against all the noise of failure.

(4) jim, September 27, 2016 5:19 AM

awesome indeed

must be some kind of go-getter! makes me feel kinda small.

Moe, September 27, 2016 2:05 PM

Feel big; not small

Each of us have our own unique mission and purpose; something infinitely special. What Evan can accomplish, you cannot; but at the same time, what YOU can accomplish, Evan cannot. God created you with unique abilities and skills, needing you to make a unique impact ont he world -- in a way that only you can. Tap into that; it's huge.

SARAH, November 15, 2016 4:43 PM

thanks for the reminder, Moe

(3) Anonymous, September 26, 2016 5:29 PM

did not understand

I really did not get the point of this video.
what exactly did he do right and what exactly did he do wrong, and what in the world does this have to do with rosh hashana?
perhaps Mr. Mernick can explain privately by e mail.
and why so much emphasis on BILLIONS?

Anonymous, September 27, 2016 2:10 PM


Thanks for your note. There is a deep spiritual analogy here; something if you missed it. Allow me to succinctly respond:
This story was an example of somebody who is living with a vision, somebody who is living with passion. Regardless of whether his decision was right or wrong (there is no objective answer), he had the wherewithal to reject a huge offer so that he can fulfill his vision.
We each have a mission in this world. And sometimes we get sidetracked by distractions along the way. Rosh Hashana is a great time to reflect on our goals for the year ahead... and a great time to develop the fortitude to reject any distractions that'll cross our path -- whether that be money or something else.

Anonymous, September 29, 2016 12:31 AM

I understood the explanation

Yes, you're right.... But to be distracted is human.... So how do we accomplish our goals? WILLPOWER! DISCIPLINE!
Am I right?

(2) Rachel, September 26, 2016 7:30 AM

Sorry, but I don't get it

Vision, maybe. But passion in this case sounds to me like greed and hubris. Or, considering the Snapchat founders youth, maybe just youthful exuberance, which is no sin but not exactly a trait to emulate, either. Had he accepted $3 billion, he would still be the worlds youngest billionaire. And then, with that kind of wealth he could have devoted himself to a new business or something more important.

While the poor really do have more difficult lives than the rich, most research indicates that once one attains a secure and comfortable upper middle class livelihood, additional wealth does not make one happier. True happiness comes from what we give, not how much we get for ourselves.

I'm retired and almost certainly unlikely ever to have billions of dollars, but I'm already rich because I have every thing I really need.

Anonymous, September 27, 2016 2:11 PM


Thanks for your beautiful comment. Very powerful; I appreciate you taking the time to share it. (Indeed, it's not a matter of putting ourselves into his shoes; it's asking ourselves what God wants from us - and not being sidetracked by distractions as we achieve those goals.)

(1) Baruch, September 25, 2016 4:24 PM

Waze's 3 Billion Dollar Tikkun?

Anyone notice that the week that Waze turned down a 3 billion dollar offer from Facebook (officially because Facebook would not let them stay in Israel, but insisted that they move to the Facebook campus in California) was the week that we all read the Parsha of the Chet HaMiraglim (The Sin of the Spies who Spurned the Land of Israel)? And THEN, just to drive their vision, passion and love for Israel home, they sold WAZE to Google a short time later for the SAME price they had just turned down, because Google let them stay?


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