I like reading the autobiography of my fellow introverts and check our similarities and differences, not so much in terms of financial status, but in terms of psychology, principles, discipline, or whatever-you-like-to-call-it.
Do I really have to introduce “the” Mark Zuckerberg to you? Okay, I know you know him as the CEO of Facebook, Inc. Maybe, you also think that he does not do things low-profile people like us do. But wait. Mark is human. He does his number 2 in the morning, too. That I am sure of. Not only that. He has beliefs and habits that you and I can also believe in and do.
I only have five minutes to write this article so I gathered Mark Z’s 3 traits that I also see in me. There could be 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10, but I have other stuff to do so be happy with these 3 for now. Okay? Alright. Do it the “Zuck Way” and who knows? You might be the next successful entrepreneur waiting to happen.
1. Never be afraid of competition.
“We are all winners.”
This is a quote that Mark Zuckerberg never believed in. I don’t either. Well, it depends to the context where you’d like to use the word “winner”, actually. But as far as competition is concerned, I don’t mind being the winner. Really. But seriously, I’m friendly and competitive. Unfortunately, these two don’t work well together, at least, for me. I can be sociable when I’m attending a wedding, a christening, or any social gathering. But when it comes to academic or business competition, you got to fasten your seatbelt.
For him, competition fuels his will to succeed. In a study conducted by Entrepreneur, it showed that Zuckerberg has higher levels of testosterone than an average person. This means that he is more confident in his decisions, thus, letting him take bolder and riskier actions for himself and his company.
Not a problem then! First thing in the morning, ask your doctor to inject testosterone in your body. Now, that’s a joke. Kidding aside, it simply means that building your attitude around this mindset could reap a whole lot of benefits.
2. Take a few minutes of exercise everyday.
In a small talk between Mark Zuckerberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the social media billionaire mentioned that he squeezes three days of workout in a week. Add the random walks he does with his dog and you get a fit Facebook CEO. This just proves that there should never be an excuse to take good care of your body.
Taking good care of your health is as important as working hard for a company. In fact, in a Q&A on the Facebook site itself, Zuckerberg revealed that he is just like most of us – clocking in from 9 to 5. Well, I don’t really believe he just clocks in 8 hours a day. Passionate entrepreneurs work 24/7. Does that mean we don’t sleep? We sleep, but we dream about our work, too. Nonetheless, you do not have to be an office rat to prove that you are productive. Why should you if you own the business?
3. Forget the small decisions in life. Focus on the big ones.
Have you ever wondered why Mark always wears the same style of shirt? We often see him in his grey shirt and dark-colored hoodie combo. It’s because he wants to minimize making small decisions in his life like choosing what to wear everyday. This is the same reason why Steve Jobs, late Apple CEO, wore the same combination almost every day – turtle neck and denim.
When my wife asks me what brand of shirt or jeans do I like, my canned response is, “Anything”. Her follow-up question is, “Why anything?” My usual canned response is, “I only need to cover my skin instead of being naked. I don’t need a crocodile or a horse on my shirt. I only need a shirt.”
Creating a routine for the small activities in life can help save time for the more important ones. It can help you stay laser-focused on the decisions you make in your personal and professional life.
Which of these three traits do you also see in yourself? What other traits of Mark do you know? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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