Praveen Raja in Leadership, HR Manager, Entrepreneurs Apr 20, 2020 · 2 min read · +300

Unusual and weird habits of Successful People

Unusual and weird habits of Successful People

Here are a few unusual and weird habits of 6 successful people

Did you know that Steve Jobs eats one type of food for weeks. Or Bill Gates who is known for sitting on his rocking chair, especially during business meetings.

These certainly don’t sound like the usual leadership stories you are told.

However, these creative artists, leaders, entrepreneurs have shown that it’s not all about following a daily routine or writing your daily tasks but exploring your creative side be it any unusual thing you do. There’s no one size fits all formula for success.

So let's go beyond and take a look at the oddly inspiring habits of creative and wildly productive people who are highly successful in their field.

1. Sara Blakely: Fake a commute to work

While most of us are looking for any way to reduce our commute to the office (aren’t work-from-home days a dream?!), the CEO of Spanx has a different approach. Sara Blakely lives very close to her office building, but will actually drive around the neighbourhood on a “fake commute” for an hour before heading into the office. Why? She says she believes that the car is where her best thinking happens.

2. Michael Kors: Wears the same outfit every day

Many executives and business owners, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, have been known to create a “uniform” to wear to work every day. But the most surprising culprit? Fashion designer Michael Kors. The fashion giant wears the same black crewneck every day, which allows him to focus on other decisions rather than wasting time curating his own outfit.

Even Albert Einstein would fill his closet with variations of the same grey suit to simplify his life.

3. Steve Jobs: One type of food, for weeks.

While there are many rumours about Steve Jobs and his unique living habits, this one is particularly interesting. Apparently, Steve would choose to eat only one type of food for weeks at a time. For example, he became convinced at one point that carrots were very healthy, and within weeks, his skin had turned orange because he ate so many, so quickly.

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4. Marissa Mayer's: Cupcake spreadsheet

Yahoo's CEO is nothing if not scrupulous, in a San Francisco magazine feature, she revealed her method of devising the perfect cupcake recipe using a spreadsheet.

This meant buying an array of cookbooks to test the recipes for cupcakes before recording the ingredients on the spreadsheet to eventually work out her own premium form of cupcake created from the most successful results. She also used the same method for frosting – and for launching products at Google.

5. Yoshiro Nakamatsu: Gets his ideas underwater

Here’s the most prolific modern inventor that you’ve probably never heard of. Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu. Dr NakaMats believes in the mental benefits of long, airless stints underwater. And many of his greatest ideas hit him when he was close to drowning. 

“To starve the brain of oxygen,” says the man, “you must dive deep and allow the water pressure to deprive the brain of blood. Zero-point-five seconds before death, I visualize an invention.” The Japanese inventor then jots his idea down on an underwater notepad and swims back to the surface.

Another key to Nakamatsu’s success? Brainstorming in a “calm room,” a bathroom tiled in 24-karat gold. Dr. NakaMats says the tiles block out television and radio waves that harm the creative process. The room is also nailed free because he believes that “nails reflect thinking.”

6. Albert Einstein: Weird habits

Einstein's eccentricities are long and varied. As a boy, he was slow to develop and struggled to learn to talk. 

He believed that this allowed him to contemplate larger questions in life which lead to some of his biggest breakthroughs, his theory of relativity for example.

As he grew older his habits became even stranger. He would allow his hair to grow long to avoid the barbers and didn't wear socks as he believed they were unnecessary. 

Furthermore, a report from his chauffeur suggests that he once ate a live grasshopper.

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Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris Apr 20, 2020 · #1

Let's not forget the great professor Stephen Hawking, whose contribution to both academic and pop science is unparalleled throughout his existence: he did most of his thinking and working while on a wheel chair. Does this mean that we should try to mimick him in our vain attempts to increase our success? I think not. Beyond the entertainment value of the above examples I see no practical value whatsoever in this. Though I will ask this Marissa lady for her recipies if I ever meet her...