This Is the 1 Thing Mark Zuckerberg Turns to When Life Gets Rough
So what does one of the richest men alive do when life gets rough? We uncovered Mark Zuckerberg’s go-to solution to deal with the stress (page 6), as well as some background on the ambiguous billionaire.
Why are we seeing so much of Zuck lately?
The co-founder and CEO of Facebook faced lawmakers after the revelation that a British political consulting firm improperly accessed nearly 87 million Facebook users’ personal data. Zuckerberg testified, apologizing for Facebook’s role in any foreign interference with elections and data privacy leaks.
Next: Facing nearly 100 members of Congress can’t be easy.
Naturally, he’s a bit stressed
According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg faced interrogations at the hands of nearly 100 members of both the Senate and House. He spent nearly 10 hours answering close to 600 questions. Zuckerberg was the only tech chief present during the questioning, but some claim he was addressed as the face of the entire industry.
The public response to the trials has been mixed. Some have joined the online #DeleteFacebook campaign, while others still use the site without concern.
Next: A look into the past that relates to the CEO’s stress-relief tactic
He was raised Jewish
Zuckerberg was raised Jewish and held his bar mitzvah at age 13. He recently celebrated Purim with his family.
He shared an apology on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, via a post on his own Facebook account. “For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better. For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better.”
Next: His current religious beliefs are unclear.
He was allegedly an atheist for a few years
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have previously discussed their values and beliefs, such as helping others. When their daughter, Max, was born, they pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook stock to charity.
However, Zuckerberg might have identified as an atheist for a few years. He posted on Facebook about celebrating Christmas in 2016, to which a follower commented, “Aren’t you atheist?” Zuckerberg replied, “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”
Next: How his wife’s beliefs affect him
He appreciates Buddhism
Chan practices Buddhism. In 2015, Zuckerberg posted a picture of himself praying at Wild Goose Pagoda during a trip to Xi’an, China. He was visiting Asia to promote Facebook, despite the fact that the social networking site is blocked in most parts of China.
“Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time. I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply,” he wrote.
Next: What Zuckerberg does in stressful situations
He says the ‘Mi Shebeirach’ when he faces life’s challenges
In 2017, Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Harvard University. He disclosed a personal fact about himself that shows how Judaism has impacted his life and work.
Zuckerberg closed his speech by reciting the Jewish prayer “Mi Shebeirach,” which is typically considered a prayer for healing. He told the crowd he recites the prayer whenever he faces a big challenge, as well as when he puts his daughter to sleep. “It goes, ‘May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,'” he said. “I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.”
Next: The world has one final message for the CEO.
Good luck, Zuck
What’s next for the CEO? Congress seemed to have one message: Regulate Facebook, or we will. “You’re the guy to fix this. We’re not,” Rep. Billy Long told Zuckerberg. “You need to save your ship.”
The senators and representatives claimed they didn’t want to vote to regulate the site but would if that was what proved necessary to protect the privacy of the site’s users.
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