Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What Do Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Judy Clarke Have in Common?

Steve Jobs
“He ... came to like the idea of having a uniform for himself, because of both its daily convenience (the rationale he claimed) and its ability to convey a signature style.”

Barack Obama
“You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. ‘You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. ‘You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.’”

Mark Zuckerberg
“Zuckerberg’s willingness to be different and ignore social norms manifest itself in other ways. He wears a gray T-shirt every day, saying he wants to focus his decision-making energy on Facebook not fashion.”

Judy Clarke
“Knowing exactly what to put on each morning saved her from having to think about it.”

Addendum (5/3/2015): See also Why Zuck and Other Successful Men Wear the Same Thing Every Day and Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day

Addendum (1/25/2016):

First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?
Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, January 25, 2016

Addendum (7/2/2016): And this:

Rahm Emanuel, who is now the mayor of Chicago but remains close to the president, said he and Mr. Obama once imagined moving to Hawaii to open a T-shirt shack that sold only one size (medium) and one color (white). Their dream was that they would no longer have to make decisions. During difficult White House meetings when no good decision seemed possible, Mr. Emanuel would sometimes turn to Mr. Obama and say, “White.” Mr. Obama would in turn say, “Medium.”