As simple as Mark Zuckerberg. Simplicity tips from Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos.

As simple as Mark Zuckerberg. Simplicity tips from Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos.

Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos Nigeria right now.  He is the founder of Facebook, one of the wealthiest men in the world and definitely one of the richest men in technology.

Mark’s first stop was made at co creation hub where this video was taken.

Marks video in Lagos Nigeria (Video source: Opeyemi Ogunkola Facebook )

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.

In spite of his success, an impressive feature of Mark is his simplicity. I guess seeing it live in Nigeria made it even hit home harder. We are sharing a few tips and tricks to embrace a simpler lifestyle like Mark. Simple lifestyle is defined as spending time and money on things that are really important to you and avoiding irrelevant distractions that can cause chaos.

  1. Know your priorities. I cannot speak for Mark but I imagine that his priorities include bringing technological solutions that solves the world’s problems. This should be a key motivation for the invention of Facebook and several other projects he spearheads. One of his current projects is building solar powered planes and satellites to beam internet access in rural areas and parts of the world without internet. This week, Facebook is launching a satellite into space to enable more entrepreneurs across Africa to sell Express Wi-Fi and more people to access reliable internet. With visions like this, internet will become accessible to almost everyone someday.  In the words of Myles Munroe, without purpose, abuse is inevitable. Do you know your priorities? Are they written down? Do you think about it?mark
  1. Spend your time in line with your priorities: It is not just important to list out your priorities, it is more important to do them. Since we all have 24 hours a day, the art of simplicity is balanced when an individual spends his time on things that are most important. Mark flew in Nigeria for specific reasons. He came to explore problems that need solutions and to research! Yes, Nigeria is blessed with crude, with agriculture and loads of other amazing stuff. Mark could have decided to see all there is in Nigeria- the water walls, the cinema, governors, farms, markets, art centers, beaches, how to make jollof rice… the list is really endless. Yet, I am sure he wrote out the specifics he wants to focus on during the short trip.


  1. Learn to say NO. To live a simple lifestyle, you must master the art of saying NO. No to things that don’t add value to your life, NO to things that stress you for no good reason, NO to people that bring negative energy, NO to people that say it cannot be done. NO to unnecessary flamboyance. NO to people that mean well but bring complexities. I believe Mark has different people advising him too- PR experts, wardrobe executives, secretaries, press team and a host of people that mean well but sometimes bring complexities. However, he must have mastered the art of saying NO to suggestions that bring complexities.


  1. Manage distractions: In all the pictures that surfaced online, there was no one that had Mark ‘multi-tasking’ whilst addressing the team. Whilst multi-tasking can be good, learn to focus during important tasks. Create thinking time when you block excessive media consumption. Think, deeply. Do things you love to create positive energy. Then re-invest that positive energy in the key projects.


  1. Spend time with people you love. This goes without saying. Anyone that observes Mark sees how much he adores his wife Priscilla Chan and their child Maxima. When you surround yourself with people that truly love you, your best will come forth.

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  1. Focus on being productive, not busy. Many people are stuck with the ‘busy bee syndrome’. Guess what, you are not a bee! Whenever you find yourself spending more time that necessary on a task. Do the following:
    1. Pause
    2. Do you really know how to do it? Many people spend more time on tasks because they lack knowledge. So get knowledge. Get trained
    3. Ask for help. Yes, ask someone who knows how to do it or has done it before. Get mentors that can guide. Get coaches.
    4. Fatigue makes the best of us less productive. So take a break, do something relaxing or take a quick nap. Then re-attempt the task when your mind ready. It is not about activities, it is about RESULT. Mark’s results speaks for him. He didn’t come to Nigeria to whine about how busy he is, he came to gain strategic insights. Mark could have sent someone from his team, but he came because he values knowledge. Seek knowledge, focus.
  1. On a light note, wear comfortable clothes and shoes too. Mark does that.


Mark Zukerberg’s official facebook account.

Picture credit: Daily mail

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