Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just revealed why he wears the same t-shirt everyday.
Yes laziness and a lack of fashion sense could be one reason that Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey t-shirt every day. But it could also be a sign of genius.
Zuck wants to make as few decisions as possible
Someone at a public Facebook Q&A, finally asked Mark Zuckerberg the important question of why he wears the same grey t-shirt every day.
”I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”
Yes, it could be a sign of genius
It could be a sign of genius. According to psychologist Oliver Burkeman who has studied the habits of genius, sticking to a very fixed routine can help a mind focus on the more important issues:
“It was William James […] who best articulated the mechanism by which a strict routine might help unleash the imagination. Only by rendering many aspects of daily life automatic and habitual, he argued, could we “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action”.
“Subsequent findings about “cognitive bandwidth” and the limitations of willpower have largely substantiated James’s hunch: if you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
Basically it’s about out-sourcing the boring everyday decisions to your routine, so that all your cognitive energy can be spent on the important bits of the day.
Theoretically, wearing the same clothes every day, having the same thing for breakfast and leaving the house at exactly the same time every day could unleash huge cognitive powers. Though it hasn’t worked for us so far. Anyone else tried it? tell us @ampp3d.
Other successful people have also decided to wear the same thing EVERY DAY
It did work for these guys:
Steve Jobs – remember seeing him in an Hawaiian shirt? No, that’s because he didn’t wear them. He wore black turtlenecks almost every day of the year.
Christopher Nolan the film director, told the New York Times it was ”a waste of energy” to choose a new outfit everyday and always wears a dark jacket and a blue shirt.
Albert Einstein the physicist – made the same decision buying multiple versions of the same suit.