Since 2009, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been challenging himself to do something new in the new year to broaden his horizons, learning about the world outside of Facebook. In the early years, he focused on personal goals but the past few years focused on work.
By 2020, he will no longer publish his annual goal. In his latest post, Zuckerberg looks back on past challenges and feels excited about having done it but “now is the time to do something else.” In the new decade, he wants to focus on long-term goals rather than each year. He also made a few predictions for the world by 2030 as more institutions run by young people, augmented reality glasses became groundbreaking.
Here are Zuckerberg’s personal challenges over the past 10 years:
2009: Wearing a tie every day
Zuckerberg is best known for his t-shirt and a pullover. However, in 2009, he decided to change: wearing a tie everyday. Explaining this, the head of Facebook said 2009 was a year of deep economic recession and they needed to be serious about ensuring Facebook had a sustainable business model. So he wears his tie everyday as a reminder.
2010: Learn Chinese
Zuckerberg’s early goal in 2010 was to learn Chinese. Two years later, he showed off his Chinese language skills to the Chinese audience and explained how he learned to better communicate with his girlfriend’s family (now his wife) and to tell his girlfriend’s grandmother that they were getting married. together.
2011: Be a vegetarian or just eat the animals you kill yourself
Zuckerberg asked his neighbor, a chef, to help achieve his 2011 goal. At that time, he wrote: “I think many people forget that an organism must die in order for them to eat meat, so the goal of I’m letting myself not forget this and be grateful for what I have … So far, this is a pretty good experience, I eat more healthy foods and learn a lot about sustainable farms. , raise animals “.
2012: Daily programming
Since 2006, Zuckerberg is no longer programming to focus on managing, developing Facebook. He said he had forgotten “the subtlety of writing code” so it was no surprise that everyday programming was his goal in 2012.
2013: Meet someone who doesn’t work for Facebook daily
Zuckerberg wants to expand social relations beyond Facebook. He told Fortune that he has done many things with people.
2014: Write a thank you note every day
Zuckerberg continued his goal of connecting people in 2014. He admits he always wants to see things better, dissatisfied with everything or the services they provide or the quality of the teams. However, if you look back, they are actually doing very well and need to be grateful for that.
2015: Read books every two weeks
In 2015, Zuckerberg asked the online community to “donate” to the new year goal. Finally, he decided to challenge reading and suggest books that everyone should read. With the goal of reading 25 books a year, he also opened his own Facebook page to discuss with other readers.
2016: Developing AI for the family, running 587km
In 2016, Zuckerberg challenged himself to write code, this time developing AI to support family and work. He wants to use his voice to control music, temperature, lights … In July 2016, he completed his goal of running 365 miles (587km).
2017: Meet people from all states
After the PR PR disaster from the US presidential election, Zuckerberg plans to meet people from all states. He and his wife began the journey through 30 states that have never been there. “My job is to connect the world, give people a voice. I want to hear more of myself this year.”
2018: Address issues of Facebook abuse
In 2018, Zuckerberg set a big goal to address the attack and abuse on Facebook. He admits “making many mistakes when implementing policies and preventing misuse of tools”. He wants to bring many expert groups together to discuss and assist in solving these issues.
2019: Hold public debates on the impact of technology on the community
After the progress of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, Zuckerberg wants to hold debate about the challenges and promises of technology. “There are big questions about the world we want to live in and the role that technology plays in it. We want technology that gives voice to each person or traditional gatekeepers who control what ideas are expressed. ? Every few weeks, I will talk to leaders, experts and people in the community from different fields, and I will experiment with different ways to maintain attractiveness. ”
In the end, he only held 6 discussions, which took place the same and only 1 was really public. It can be said that Zuckerberg’s 2019 goal has failed.