Being the CEO of Meta these days is challenging. The moment Mark Zuckerberg wakes up most mornings, he is reminded of it.
He said this to Joe Rogan on his wildly popular (and occasionally contentious) Spotify podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. “It’s almost like every day you wake up and you’re punched in the stomach,” Rogan said.
According to Zuckerberg, the stress level has increased in some aspects as his company has expanded from a startup launched in 2004 to a $454 billion digital behemoth.
He remarked, “You glance at my phone in the morning and get like a million texts.” “Usually, it’s not good. People tend to tell me the good stuff in person.
Zuckerberg explained that after taking in all the information, he resets by engaging in physical activity for an hour or two. Jogging, he claimed, is not included in that because it is difficult for him to refrain from thinking when running. Instead, he strives to engage in any physical activity that necessitates complete focus; his objective is to get so fully engaged—both physically and intellectually—to the point where he is unable to pay attention to anything else.
He revealed to Rogan that he enjoys jujitsu the most since it has a “primal” feel to it.
In terms of what he does, Zuckerberg remarked, “That’s incredibly crucial for me to keep my energy level and retain my focus.” “After working out for an hour or two… I’ve properly absorbed all of the various news that has come in for the day and am prepared to tackle whatever issue at work arises today.
Rogan claimed that he had envisioned Zuckerberg’s life to be peculiar, what with his overseeing billions of users on social media platforms. The pressure must be hanging over him in the background, Rogan continued. There’s always work to be done, Zuckerberg said after pausing briefly.
In a time when there is so much digital access to information and being drawn into social media, the two started talking about balance. Zuckerberg claimed that despite leading two significant social media platforms, he understands that. He added that he experiences personal stress because of one of his biggest competitors.
It’s challenging for him to spend a lot of time on Twitter without becoming very angry, he admitted.
Compared to Instagram, which Zuckerberg claimed can be a good experience due to the good vibes people might take in. That, he claimed, had to do with the fact that language is typically more “cutting” and “critical” than graphics.