June 20, 2024 | Eul Basa

The Weirdest Habits Of Successful People


Embrace your weird

Throughout history, these exceptional individuals were known for their eccentric habits that they believed contributed to their success. From unconventional routines to odd quirks, these famous figures prove that sometimes embracing your weird is the key to success. 

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is famous for her intricate mystery stories. She often ate apples in the bathtub to enhance her creativity. This unique habit helped her develop complex plots and characters that have captivated readers.

Agatha Christie portraitBradford Timeline, Flickr

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell may have invented the telephone, but he avoided having one in his study to maintain focus and productivity. He believed constant interruptions would hinder his work and experiments.

Alexander Graham BellBradford Timeline, Flickr

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is known for his physics breakthroughs—and his many quirky habits. He picked up used cigarette butts to smoke later and also hated wearing socks, deeming them bothersome.

Albert Einstein looking at side.janeb13, Pixabay

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, a renowned pop artist, stored various items in boxes known as "time capsules." He would gather everyday objects and personal belongings from his day-to-day life to preserve different stages of his growth.

Andy Warhol 1975 - Public domain portraitWikimedia Commons, Picryl

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope is a Victorian-era author who wrote books with a structured schedule, dividing his time into 15-minute segments monitored by his pocket watch. This method helped maintain consistent writing and high productivity.

Anthony Trollope portrait.Bradford Timeline, Flickr

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin practiced a unique daily routine known as an "air bath" where he sat naked in front of an open window. He believed this helped to clear his mind and boost productivity in science, politics, and literature.

Benjamin Franklin factsEverett Collection, Shutterstock

Carl Jung

Carl Jung would carve and inscribe stones with symbols, images, and phrases. This allowed him to externalize his unconscious thoughts and incorporate his profound perceptions into psychology and the human soul. 

Carl Gustav Jung - portraitUnknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens had a peculiar superstition of sleeping with his head facing north to boost his writing abilities. This stemmed from his fascination with geomancy and spiritual influences.

Charles Dickens portraitBradford Timeline, Flickr

Dan Brown

Dan Brown, famous for his suspense novels, relaxes upside down with inversion boots, finding inspiration. He claims this helps him reduce stress and create intricate storylines.

Dan Brown, bookjacket image - 2004Philip Scalia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka had one habit that helped him to write better. He habitually wrote late at night, focusing between 10 pm and 3 am. His stories often delved into themes of isolation and identity.

Franz Kafka portraitsocolorization, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was a renowned pianist and composer of the Romantic period. He believed styling his hair before composing was crucial for writing and composing music. 

Franz Liszt By Nadar, March 1886Nadar, Wikimedia Commons

Friedrich Schiller

German poet, philosopher, and playwright Friedrich Schiller stored rotten apples in his desk for creative inspiration. He believed their strong smell enhanced his writing by connecting sensory experiences with emotions and thoughts.

Portrait of Friedrich SchillerNational Library of Wales, Wikimedia Commons

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a renowned Japanese writer known for his surreal novels. He runs 10 km or swims 1500 m daily to stay in good physical and mental shape, beleiving that a maintaining a healthy, active body promotes creativity.

Portrait of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami - 2005wakarimasita, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac, the famed 19th-century French writer, was known for his peculiar habit of drinking up to 50 cups of coffee daily to increase his productivity and creativity. 

Portrait of Honoré de Balzac - 1886Maxime Dastugue, Wikimedia Commons

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire and aviation innovator, developed strange habits in his later years. He isolated himself, obsessed over cleanliness, collected his urine, and wore tissue boxes on his feet due to a fear of germs. 

Portrait of Howard Hughes in 1938Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton was a pioneer in physics and mathematics. One of his weirdest studies involved e often putting needles in his eye sockets to study optics and vision. 

Portrait Of Sir Isaac Newton - between 1795 and 1827John Scott, Wikimedia Commons

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for his novels "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men." Perhaps the key to his success was his quirky habit of using 12 sharpened pencils daily. He always emphasized the importance of having quality writing materials at hand.

Portrait of John Steinbeck looking at side.Octubre CCC, Flickr

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance polymath, practiced polyphasic sleep by taking short naps throughout the day and night to remain alert, boost his creativity, and sharpen his focus.

Leonardo da VinciAustrian National Library, Picryl

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven would always compose while drinking a cup of coffee. He would meticulously count 60 coffee beans per cup, believing that doing so would fuel creativity during composing sessions. 

Ludwig van Beethoven - 1820.Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Flickr

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein, renowned for his philosophical work, employed a secretive writing style, using code or shorthand to conceal his writings. He believed his success depended on keeping his thoughts private.

Portrait of Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1930Moritz Nähr, Wikimedia Commons

Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust wrote most of his masterpiece "In Search of Lost Time" while lying in bed. He believed the relaxing position it helped him focus on memories and characters.

Marcel Proust in bedManoSolo13241324, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (now Meta) CEO, opts for a simple fashion style of wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans daily. He does this to reduce decision fatigue and focus more effectively on making strategic decisions for his company.

Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the TechCrunch Conference - 2012TechCrunch, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou often booked hotel rooms for writing. She preferred a simple, distraction-free environment to focus on her work, allowing her ideas and emotions to flow freely.

Maya Angelou smiles at the audience - 2011thepanamerican, Flickr

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had many weird habits, but perhaps his weirdest one was his use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to maintain his health and youthful appearance.

Michael JacksonHollywood Branded, Flickr

Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov, the Russian writer famous for "The Master and Margarita," used hypnosis to overcome writer's block. He believed it could enhance creativity and remove the mental obstacles hindering his writing process.

Portrait of Michail Bulgakov - 1928http://www.proza.ru/2010/12/16/1565, Wikimedia Commons

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor, used to limit his sleep to two hours a night to improve his efficiency. He also believed in odd habits like toe-curling 100 times on each foot every night before sleeping to boost brain activity.

Nikola Tesla FactsWikimedia Commons, Ivan Veličković

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso stored a gun loaded with blanks in his studio and would shoot anyone he deemed dull. He was inspired by the life of Alfred Jerry who did the same, and his gun of choice was a Browning revolver.

Portrait De Picasso, 1908Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit became famous for his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. Before his successful attempt, he would practice on slim cables, constantly practicing his tightroping.

Philippe Petit on World Trade Center - 1974James Robert Smith, Flickr

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí employed a unique method to tap into his unconscious artistic thoughts. He held a heavy key while falling asleep, allowing it to drop and startle him as he reached the hypnagogic state. This approach helped him remember vivid dream imagery and translate it into his artwork.

Image of Salvador DaliBernard Gotfryd, Wikimedia Commons

Stephen King

Stephen King maintains a regular writing schedule and always keeps his desk in the same location, no matter where he lives. This helps him establish a familiar setting to support his creativity and ensure consistency in his writing.

Portrait Photograph Of Stephen King By Alex Gotfryd, C. 1977Alex Gotfryd, Wikimedia Commons

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs ate primarily fruits to prevent body odor and reduce the need for frequent bathing. He put much trust in the internal purifying benefits of fruit and believed it helped his productivity. 

Steve Jobs speaks - 2008James Mitchell, Flickr

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison designed an unusual interview test for potential hires. By observing if candidates salted their soup before trying it, he believed it showed a lack of the patience and discernment required for his lab.

Thomas Alva Edison holding a light bulb.Mark Mathosian, Flickr

Thomas Wolfe

American author Thomas Wolfe, known for his verbose style and epic narratives, preferred writing standing up at his fridge. This unconventional practice helped him stay mentally focused, especially while brainstorming.

Portrait of Thomas Wolfe - 1937Carl Van Vechten, Wikimedia Commons

Truman Capote

Truman Capote preferred to write while lying down with a pencil and legal pad. He claimed this habit helped him expand his creative thinking and hone in his storytelling abilities.

Portrait of Truman Capote.Peggy O'Connor, Flickr

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo, the French writer of "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," wrote without clothes to stay focused and avoid leaving home. He said this method helped him immerse entirely in his literary works.

Victor Hugo by Etienne Carjat 1876.oneredsf1, Flickr

Walt Disney

Walt Disney used a unique method to develop characters—he would often speak to himself in different voices. This helped him develop unique character dialogues and expressions.

Publicity photograph for Walt Disney - 1956Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth found inspiration in his dog. He regularly read his poems to his dog, believing that strengthening his bond with his animal would enhance his writing. 

William Wordsworth portrait.Bradford Timeline, Flickr

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had ahabit of starting his day from his bed. He found getting his work started from bed helped him work efficiently and effectively.

Winston Churchill in the cabinet room - 1964Levan Ramishvili, Flickr

Yoshiro Nakamatsu

Yoshiro Nakamatsu is a Japanese inventor with over 3,500 patents. He would often immerse himself in water, believing lower oxygen levels boosted brain function. While wearing unique diving gear, he developed innovative ideas in photograph and music.

Portrait of Yoshiro Nakamatsu - 2010Ushuaia.pl, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Wikimedia Commons


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