It’s time to start working on your New Year’s resolutions.
To help you come up with ideas, Business Insider asked industry leaders and entrepreneurs to share what they’ve resolved to do over the next year.
In our first installment of successful people’s New Year’s resolutions, we talked to everyone from world-renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel.
Here, find out what 16 more super-successful people like Mark Zuckerberg and Barbara Corcoran plan to accomplish in 2017.
Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook, wants meet people in every US state
“My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year. I’ve spent significant time in many states already, so I’ll need to travel to about 30 states this year to complete this challenge.
“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.
“Priscilla and I have enjoyed taking road trips together since we started dating. Recently, I’ve traveled around the world and visited many cities, and now I’m excited to explore more of our country and meet more people here.
‘Shark Tank’ investor Barbara Corcoran plans to spend more time with joyful people
“I’ve decided to put joy first and made a thoughtful list of all the people in my life I like best but don’t see often enough. I’ve set aside the first Monday night of every month to have them all to dinner. Groups of six, only people who know how to laugh.”
Jon Stein, CEO of Betterment, would like to show his daughters more of the world
“My resolution for 2017 is to explore more adventures with my 1- and 3-year-old daughters — starting with the sights, neighborhoods, and parks of NYC and our beautiful surrounding region. I want to show them the world, and I want to see it again through their eyes, learning from them. Weekends were made for this.”
Joanne Bradford, COO of SoFi, is shooting for a raise
“I’m planning to take a page from the SoFi Career Strategy team’s playbook and negotiate a raise for myself this year and learn to be a better investor with that money.
“I’m a big believer that you don’t save your way to prosperity — you earn your way to prosperity.
“On a more personal note, I plan to vacation in at least three places I’ve never visited — nothing like a brand new locale to help inspire and provide fresh perspective, and some time off is essential to my overall wellbeing and productivity when I am working.
“I’d also like to find a new home in the new year, with the goal of being able to walk everywhere. Less time in the car will hopefully translate to less stress (and more podcasts).”
Lee Stimmel, head of original content at Sony Music Entertainment, wants to focus on living in the moment and being truly present
“Many times in this crazy world we are distracted and miss meaningful connections and creative inspiration. Slow down, enjoy the ride, and continue to collaborate.”
Susan Gregg Koger, cofounder of ModCloth, wants to make music every single day
“I will sit down and play the piano, pick up my guitar or ukulele, or just sing a song a capella in the shower. No matter what else my day holds, I’ll take the time to practice my craft, even if it’s just for a few minutes.”
Michael Namer, CEO and founder of sustainable real estate development company Alfa Development, wants to make the world a better place for his son
“My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to participate in more humanitarian work and help my youngest son Luke fulfill his dreams as well. I want to make the world a better place and get friends, family and society to focus on sustainability by feeding the world and going back to the roots of agriculture.”
Rachel Drori, founder of Daily Harvest, wants to help people think differently about eating healthy
“My goal for 2017 is to revolutionize the way people think about healthy eating. I began Daily Harvest a year ago, and we are about to hit our one millionth smoothie sold. I am in awe about how people are responding to our service, and want to continue to encourage people that eating healthy is easy.”
Laura Nelson, president and founder of ColourPOP Cosmetics, would like to be open to opportunities and challenges
“I have found that it’s impossible to know the opportunities and challenges that I’ll face in any given year, and I made a resolution a while back to remain open-minded, flexible, and make the most of every opportunity and learn as much as possible from every challenge.
“On the business front, we’ve had an explosive couple of years and have every expectation that the momentum will continue into 2017. I’m grateful to all of our employees and loyal customers for making that possible.”
Alli Webb, founder of Dry Bar, would like to focus on her family
“The last seven years have been so beyond amazing and super busy! So for 2017, I am going to try to focus on my family — my boys are growing up so fast.
“One of the most rewarding things about Drybar has been seeing and hearing from so many women about how empowered they feel when they have a great blowout. I really want to build on that feeling and continue to empower women this coming year. My team and I already have some cool things brewing. Cheers to 2017!”
Kate Murphy, cofounder and CEO of Play Magnus, wants to inspire more people to play chess
“It might sound like a total paradox at first (chess and yoga?), but this combination is essential for me to fulfill my role as the cofounder and CEO of the World Chess Champion’s tech company.
“By maintaining and strengthening my daily yoga and meditation practice, I can ensure that I have both the focus and energy to find new and innovative ways to take the benefits of chess to more people. Each week, I instruct yoga for my development and design teams, and they agree that it makes a big difference in how they’re able to think creatively about our chess apps.
“Calming the mind each morning makes way for a creative day ahead.”
Mariah Chase, CEO of ELOQUII, has a full agenda planned for 2017
“I’d like to laugh more, talk less, visit two new countries, actively support global entrepreneurship, learn something entirely new like painting, and appreciate the now. I’d also love to begin meditating. And, more than anything, I want to continue to push for the democratization of size in fashion.”
Sarah Kauss, founder and CEO of S’well Bottles, would like to adopt healthier habits
“My husband is S’well’s COO, and between the two of us we are nearly always on email and texting late into the evening. I’m really going to try to turn our phones off at a reasonable hour in 2017 so we can both get a good nights sleep. All the studies show how being well-rested helps executives make better decisions and even reduces levels of stress.
“I’m also personally hoping to use my newfound energy from getting more sleep in 2017 to get back to fitness. S’well provides Equinox gym memberships for all of our team members, and we even have contents on gym attendance. For 2016, I’m pretty sure I’d win the prize for attending the gym the least number of times! With my busy work schedule and frequent travel I’ve just fallen out of practice. I’m hoping to integrate getting back into the gym most mornings with my resolution to get to bed earlier as a combined way to end 2017 better than I started it. Here goes!”
Fred Grover, CEO of North Sails Collection, wants to help save our oceans
“My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time in or around the ocean and to work with organizations such as Plastic Oceans to help raise awareness about the effects of our disposable lifestyle. It is estimated that almost half of plastics is used just once and thrown away, and tons of those plastics are dumped into our oceans every year.”
Cliff Weinstein, president of FLI Charge and executive VP of FORM Holdings Corp, would like to focus on the special moments that truly matter in life and be more present
“Before taking on smart device charging company FLI Charge, I noticed a constant focus of mine and my family was a battle to not allow our phones to drop below 20%. Being at 100% at all times will allow me to focus on what deserves my utmost attention — family, work, hobbies, charity work and health.”
Shep and Ian Murray, founders of Vineyard Vines, plan to continue living the every-day-should-feel-this-good way of life
“As we approach our 20th anniversary, we’re doing a lot of reflecting about how we got to this place and where we’re headed. We’re going to continue building on our three corporate goals at vineyard vines, which are No. 1, make Vineyard Vines a great place to work. No.2, build upon the incredible relationships we have with our customers. And No. 3, continue to drive profitable sales growth. As we reflect back, we are so grateful to all our customers and how they have made Vineyard Vines a part of their daily lives for the last almost 20 years!”