The ‘other Zuckerberg’ reveals HER secrets to success in a self-help guide – and the Facebook boss’s sister says the key is a three-point plan
- Randi Zuckerberg struggles to put her kids to bed at night because of work
- She feels guilty about not going to the gym, and meeting high standards in life
- ‘Other Zuckerberg’ blames social media for making others’ lives look perfect
Her brother has become a household name thanks to the meteoric success of his tech empire Facebook.
But Mark Zuckerberg’s older sister, 36, has now laid out her own formula for success in a new book detailing how to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
In Pick Three, mother-of-two Randi Zuckerberg, who is based in New York City, dispels the myth that we can ‘have it all’ as she argues that the secret to a happy life is accepting that we cannot simultaneously juggle friendships, work, family, fitness and sleep.
And, according to Randi’s Silicon Valley-inspired self-help guide, picking three out of five – what she calls being ‘lopsided’ – will give us the best chance of achieving a work/ life balance.
Paving her own way: Randi Zuckerberg’s, 36, has now laid out her own formula for success in a new book detailing how to achieve a healthy work-life balance
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Sister Randi was an early employee at Facebook where she was the creator of Facebook Live, before striking out on her own
The tech entrepreneur and self-confessed ‘data nerd’, who created Facebook Live, tells readers: ‘I actively have to tell myself to pick ‘work’ less and focus on other areas of my life a bit more,’ as reported in the Evening Standard.
In a recent interview, Harvard alumna Randi told how Facebook caused her ‘crippling insecurity’ and guilt as a mother.
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Randi admitted that she is partly responsible for the pressure on people to have perfect lives – and said that she is a victim of it too.
The CEO of Zuckerberg Media, who worked with her brother for seven years, said she regularly feels guilty for not being around to put her children to bed.
Having it all: The tech entrepreneur and ‘data nerd’, who created Facebook Live, tells readers: ‘I actively have to tell myself to pick ‘work’ less and focus on other areas of my life a bit more’
Randi Zuckerberg, a bestselling author and founder of Zuckerberg Media, recently admitted that social media has caused her ‘crippling insecurity’ and guilt as a mother
And that guilt is compounded when she goes online and sees other people who are apparently making more of a success of their lives, Randi admitted.
‘I’m on the road constantly for work, so I can’t be putting my two children to bed every night and I had a lot of guilt around that, then a lot of guilt about not going to the gym as much as I wanted,’ she told The Times.
‘For sure, I contributed to it. You look online and everybody else’s lives look so perfect; they see their friends and have #squadgoals and I feel guilty again.’
Family ties: According to Randi (pictured with dad Edward and mom Karen) the secret to a happy life is accepting that we cannot simultaneously juggle friendships, work, family, fitness and sleep
Being the ‘other Zuckerberg’ has helped the entrepreneur succeed in life, but, when comparing her life to the plethora of images and posts she sees on social media, these have made her feel guilty for failing to meet impossibly high standards.
Randi Zuckerberg’s new book, Pick Three, says there’s no such thing as a perfect balance
Embracing such imperfections is a subject close to her heart, as the author’s new book, Pick Three, is a motivational guide and business how-to which argues that the key to success is learning to be ‘lopsided’.
In an increasingly demanding world, we have been told that we can do everything —maintain friendships, devote ourselves to work, spend time with family, stay fit, and get enough sleep.
However, when it comes to being well-balanced, Ms Zuckerberg contends that we cannot do it all, every day.
It’s a continual toss-up between giving priority to work, sleep, fitness, family and friends.
Trying to do it all, she says, leaves us frustrated and feeling inadequate, but we can succeed ‘if we pick three’, and while we need to achieve some balance, we cannot do it all every day.
The author told the Times that she has learnt to accept her imperfections by giving herself permission to just focus on doing three things really well in one day, ‘rather than constantly try to do everything and doing it badly’.
You Can Have it All (Just Not Every Day) is published by Dey Street Books
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