“A few months back, Mark Zuckerberg, also known as the creator of Facebook, the social media website used by billions, posted a photo online that was sure to start a conversation.
The picture is a shot of his closet, which for most of us looks like a chaotic mix of colours and patterns, yet Zuckerberg’s is something out of the ordinary. The photo captioned, “First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?” is a snap of grey t-shirts neatly hung up in a clean line.
Is he preparing for a costume party in which he shows up as 50 Shades of Grey?
Although I think that answer would be a slightly more amusing, the truth being that Zuckerberg, worth a whopping 37.5 billion dollars wears the same grey shirt every day.
To me, this sounds a little unnerving that someone as successful and influential as Mark actually has scarily similar features to cartoon characters with his unchanging wardrobe.
Despite this, it turns out there’s actually a logical reason behind his strange choice. In what was his first public question and answer session, he explained by saying, “I really want to clear my life so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”
While his dedication to his company and its many users is admirable, one has to question if this is taking things to an extreme. I could see how this way of living with minor decisions could help him during his time as a new sleep deprived parent. He continued by stating,
“I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than one billion people, and I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, so that way I can dedicate all of my energy towards just building the best products and services.”
“Personally, I wouldn’t say needing to choose between a blue shirt or a grey one in the morning is “silly or frivolous,” but hey, who am I to judge? This man has an extremely successful company that he has built from the ground up. Perhaps we should all consider stripping down our unnecessary day to day choices to accommodate our time and energy for greater things.
What do you think? Do his clothing choices, (or should I say, the lack thereof) really assist him in keeping a clear mind for such a big job?”