As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to offer stock in Facebook, which has already made him extremely successful, articles appear discussing, not how many users Facebook has or how much Mark has already made, but the clothes he chooses to wear.
One article called him a “poor role model” http://www.startribune.com/opinion/151415845.html
“A few finance guys felt dissed by a company’s chief executive strolling into America’s financial center and asking for billions of dollars — dressed like he was on way to the laundromat.”
“My plea to Mark Zuckerberg: Please just grow up already — you’re messing with my ability to raise my sons right.”
My guess is that any success-oriented parent would be extremely proud if their son or daughter did half as well as Zuckerberg has.
Anyone who sees wearing a suit and tie as some kind of a virtue does not understand what “dress codes” are all about. Suits and ties are symbols of subservience. The wearer of them is silently saying to some person or organization “You control me.” When someone can tell you not only what to do but what to wear while doing it, your status, your personal power, is clearly inferior to theirs.
The tie alone represents a leash, by which one could be led like a dog, or a noose ready for a lynching if the wearer misbehaves. Unless it’s a clip-on, a necktie could literally be a lethal weapon in a surprise assault.
There is no shame in being subservient. The millions of people who work for other people are all vital, necessary, and honorable members of their organizations, and of the economy as a whole. Following the directions and fulfilling the expectations of supervisors is not demeaning. Wearing a uniform often goes with the job.
If you agree to wear a suit and tie to earn a living, it is no different than promising to tighten bolts, add numbers correctly, or play a piano, for pay.
However, if you use your knowledge, ability, and ambition to start your own company and you are successful at it, one of the advantages is that no one tells you what to wear. If you happen to like wearing suits and ties, you can do that. If you prefer jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies, you can wear them instead. You are the boss.
Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t come across as being excessively greedy or power-hungry. He doesn’t seem to brag about himself or what he has achieved. But clearly he deserves respect for it, and the symbol of his position is the power to wear what he wants