Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is rich, young and dynamic, but all these didn’t just happen by chance; it’s as a result of hard work, dedication and setting of some personal goals and ensuring that they are achieved.
“Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post sometimes ago. From picking up a new language to writing a thank-you note every day for a year, each of Zuckerberg’s challenges has served a purpose bigger than himself.
Below are some of the goals he has set for himself and how he has achieved them.
1. Use technology to make your life easier.
Zuckerberg’s 2016 resolution theme was “invention,” which is why he challenged himself to create an AI system to run his home. By the end of December 2016, Zuckerberg had successfully built “Jarvis” — inspired byIron Man— that can control appliances, plays music, recognize faces and even entertain his two-year-old daughter. By utilizing today’s technology — which doesn’t necessarily mean building a robot for your house — and challenging yourself to be more inventive, you can find ways to make your life easier and daily routines more efficient.
You don’t need to travel to become cultured. Instead, use the resources around you to educate yourself. In 2015, Zuckerberg challenged himself to read a new book every other week in order to learn about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today,” he wrote in aFacebook post.
3. Practice humility.
In a world where we email or chat a quick “thanks!” to someone, Zuckerberg challenged himself to handwrite or email a thought-out thank-you note to someone every day of the year in 2014. “It’s important to me because I’m a very critical person,” Zuckerberg toldBloomberg. Making a simple expression of gratitude like this a daily habit will help you develop humility and authenticity.
4. Meet one person a day outside of work.
Don’t let the walls of your office confine and shape those you interact with. Use your time outside of your 9-to-5 to connect with your local community and meet new people. For his 2013 New Year’s resolution, Zuckerberg committed to meeting one person a day outside of Facebook. A few months in, Zuckerberg toldFortune, “It’s going well — I’ve done a bunch of things in the community and just tried to get broader exposure.”
5. Pay attention to the details.
As a CEO and founder, Zuckerberg isn’t always responsible for micro-level details, although these smaller aspects are fundamental to Facebook’s existence. That’s why he made it his 2012 challenge to code every day in order to better connect with his employees and better understand Facebook at its most granular level, according toBusiness Insider.
6.Make a sacrifice.
Zuckerberg’s 2011 challenge was to become a vegetarian and only eat meat that he killed himself. “In order to practice thankfulness, I want to be more connected to the food I eat and the animals that give their lives so I can eat them,” he posted onFacebook. Practice thankfulness by giving up something that you take for granted every day to realize its importance in your life.
7. Take up something intellectually challenging.
In 2010, Zuckerberg challenged himself to learn Mandarin Chinese. He did this not only to better communicate in the business world, but also because this is a language many of his wife’s family members speak. He demonstrated his command of the language in a Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2015. As a result, Zuckerberg began to erase communication barriers and learn about a different culture, as well as overcome his struggle to learn languages in the past, he said in aFacebook post.
8. Find unique ways to motivate your employees or co-workers.
In 2009, Zuckerberg decided that he would swap his sweatshirts and T-shirts for a tie. During tough times when most industries in the U.S. — and the world — were cutting back after the 2008 recession, Zuckerberg used his tie as a symbol. “Great companies thrive by investing more heavily while everyone else is cutting back during a recession. But great companies also make sure they’re financially strong and sustainable. My tie was the symbol of how serious and important a year this was,” hesaid.