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Daily Habits Of Creative Geniuses

Work like a genius, become a genius.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist

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6:00 AM: Woke promptly at the same time every day

6:30 AM: Meticulously prepared his daily cup of coffee using exactly 60 coffee beans

6:45–3 PM: Composed without breaks, then enjoyed an early dinner with his wife

4:00 PM: Took a vigorous walk

5:00 PM–Midnight: Destroyed that day's piano then built a new one by hand for the next day's work

Henry Ford, Inventor

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4 AM: Morning calisthenics

5 AM: Daily hour spent being angry at Jews

6 AM: Prevented employees' moral decrepitude by thinking up synonyms for "assembly line" that didn't include the word "ass"

7 AM Onward: Sleep-inventing

Victor Hugo, Novelist The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

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6:00 AM: Awoken by a gunshot from a nearby fort

7:00 AM–3:00 PM: Chilled out with his mistress for a few hours

4:00 PM–9:00 PM: Soaked in a public ice bath

9:15 PM–9:30 PM: Transcribed rantings of local church-dwelling hunchbacks

9:30 PM Onward: More hanging out with mistress

Maya Angelou, Celebrated Poet

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5:30 AM: Reads a few pages from a rhyming dictionary

6:00 AM–9:00 PM: Experiments on her thousands of caged birds to learn why they sing

10:00 PM: Falls asleep wearing all 872 of her honorary medals


Albert Einstein, Mathematician

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5:00 AM: Woke early, before his arch-enemy: The sun

6:00 AM–2:00 PM: Worked tirelessly to create weapons that work similarly to, and thus could destroy, the sun

2:15 PM–2:20 PM: Brief break to fire a shotgun at the sun

10:00 PM Onward: Dreamt of a sky empty of his hated sun