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REVEALED: What made Zuckerberg and Jobs so successful!

November 19, 2013 18:07 IST

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Success mantras of the world's top tech CEOs

Facebook's Mark Zuckerbeg, Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey and Apple's late founder Steve Jobs, all were habitual of some daily rituals and rigid routines.

Everybody idolises the successful life that many of the top techies live, but the secret behind their success isn't mere exceptional talent they possess but the 'routine' that they religiously follow.


Top tech CEOs like Facebook's Mark Zuckerbeg, Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey and Apple's late founder Steve Jobs, all were habitual of some daily rituals and rigid routines.

According to news.com.au, Zuckerberg wore the same tie for a year, while Dorsey swears by his regular saunas and Jobs had a collection of 100 Issey Miyake designed black turtleneck sweaters that he wore everyday, so that their attention could be channelised to much important tasks at work.


Image: Left: Apple Corporation CEO Steve Jobs speaks about the new iPhone 3G during his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California June 9, 2008; Right: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers his keynote address at the Facebook f8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California September 22, 2011.
Photographs: Steve Jobs: Kimberly White/Reuters; Mark Zuckerberg: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Research by Harvard Business School suggests that repetitive actions can help people cope with stressful situations and adopting rituals in the office makes good business sense.

Zuckerberg has 20 identical grey T-shirts and wears them on rotation for five days of the week, paired with blue jeans and thongs or trainers, depending on the season.


Image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question after introducing a new messaging system during a news conference in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Dorsey has seven days of his entire week specifically designated for separate tasks, like Mondays for management meets, Tuesdays for product development, Wednesday is marketing and communications, Thursday with developers and partnerships and Friday is spent discussing the company's culture while the weekends are devoted for personal improvement.


Image: Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square, listens to a fellow panelist during a Techonomy Detroit panel discussion held at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan September 17, 2013.
Photographs: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

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The report said that it is not just the routine that these top bosses swear by, their dietary structure also plays an important role as the co-founder of Tumblr, David Karp, takes exact same breakfast every morning, which consists of pancakes, eggs Florentine, avocado and bacon.


Image: Tumblr CEO David Karp
Photographs: Stephen Chernin/Reuters

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Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, suggests that list-making is a key component to success, and advises to write dpwn three biggest tasks of the day each morning, accomplishing them, feeling good about it and then repeat the process. 


Image: Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons/Alec Perkins

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Source: ANI