Mark Zuckerberg says that checking the news and emails when he first wakes up makes it feel like he's "getting punched"—and that going surfing is the only thing that clears his head before work.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Tim Ferriss Show, the Facebook founder outlined his approach to work-life balance, saying exercise has always been key to building his tech empire.
Zuckerberg said: "If I try to go straight into the day it's like almost every morning when I wake up and read through my emails and my news, it's almost like getting punched with a ton of new context that I need to internalise.
He continued: "So I've found that doing something physical and something that's meditative to take my mind off of it for an hour so I can reset and go do work is really important.
"That's why things like foiling and surfing have been really important to me. Because when you're out there on the water it's pretty hard to focus on anything else."
Zuckerberg went onto explain that he does a lot of surfing at his 1,500 acre private estate in Kauai, Hawaii—where he also loves to play with VR.
He said: "I love surfing and I love doing loads of stuff but I also love being in VR while I'm there
"You don't need to be in a dystopian situation to want to be physically present with someone."
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Zuckerberg's Hawaii estate has been the source of controversy for some time. In December, he extended his estate by 110 acres.
Representatives of Zuckerberg also reportedly filed lawsuits against locals with shares in small pockets of his land.
Although he dropped the lawsuits, local Hawaiians are still angry at the Facebook founder's expensive landgrab.
'Zuck' was also criticised in 2016 for building 6-foot tall stone walls that allegedly made it harder to access the beach.
“People have always seen the value of living in Hawaii, in paradise, and for many generations now, it’s been a detriment to us,” Kauai council member Mason Chock told the Guardian.
“They’ve come in and purchased land and raised the value so much. Only people from abroad or outside Kauai can even afford to live in Kauai now.”
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