Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has one reason why he wears the same T-shirt every day. Could it be because he is just lazy? Or, he lacks fashion sense? Or, he doesn’t want to waste his time deciding what to wear? However, psychologist, on contrary to our judgement, suggested that it is not just laziness and a lack of fashion sense why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey T-shirt every day, but it could also be a sign of genius.
Well, not just having multiple versions of the same T-shirt makes you a genius, there is plenty of other signs of genius as well.
During his first-ever in-person public Q&A session hosted in Menlo Park, Mark Zuckerberg was raided by a series of tough questions like – Why force everyone to install Messenger? Is Facebook is losing its charm? Why do you wear the same T-shirt every day?
One question that really caught his attention was why he wears the same T-shirt every day. To that, Zuckerberg answered:
“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.”
“I’m in this really lucky position, where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a 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.”
Based on his statement, psychologist Oliver Burkeman, who has studied the habit of genius, suggested that it could be a sign of genius. He said 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.”
No wonder why some tech-phenoms are seen wearing the same T-shirt every day. Even Steve Jobs wore black turtlenecks throughout the year; and Albert Einstein, too, had multiple versions of the same suit.
Do you own multiple versions of the same shirt, too?