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Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge this year is to travel all around the U.S. meeting new people

Zuckerberg wants to “get out and talk to more people” in every U.S. state in 2017.


Mark Zuckerberg is coming to a city near you.

The Facebook CEO, who takes on a personal challenge for himself each January that he shares with the public, said Tuesday that his goal for 2017 was to “have visited and met people in every state in the U.S. by the end of the year.”

By Zuckerberg’s estimation, that means he’ll need to travel to 30 states in 2017. (He’s already visited and met people in 20 of them apparently.)

“After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

He added that he hopes to meet with teachers and scientists and visit small towns and universities throughout the year. He even plans road trips with his wife, Priscilla, for part of the challenge.

“For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected,” Zuckerberg wrote. “This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”

If Zuckerberg sounds like a politician to you, well, we won’t argue. The idea that Zuckerberg might run for office one day was tossed around a bit in 2016. Zuck planted that seed himself back in April when Facebook restructured its stock, but left in a scenario in which Zuckerberg could leave his CEO role but retain control of his company if he took a “government position or office.”

That’s not to say Zuckerberg is running for anything anytime soon. But this does sound like some version of that.

Zuckerberg always completes his challenges. Last year he ran 365 miles, and also finished a robot butler for his house called Jarvis.

Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of my work. In recent years, I've run 365...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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