Do you do something every once in while and say to yourself...."Man, that was pure genius?"
Well, if you think you are a genius then you are in good company. That means you are rubbing shoulders with Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla.
OK, maybe you didn't discover the theory of relativity or write over 60 worlds famous book or even discover electricity. Maybe your moment of "genius" was discovering a way to open a beer bottle with a stapler.
Hey, that doesn't make you any less notable.
But, maybe you are just to damned average to be a true genius. Maybe your just not quirky enough. Maybe you don't have some really, really strange habits that have been overshadowed your intellectual contributions to the world.
Do you have to be a little bit eccentric to be a true genius? From what I read in this great article by fellow blogger Steffani Jacoby it doesn't hurt.
Steffani is a freelance writer and coffee lover recently relocated to Massachusetts from the island of Guam. Steffani blogs about books and travel and life in Guam and anything that strikes her fancy at OriginalFootprints.com. Stop by and say Hi. I think you will enjoy her writings.
But, before you do, check out these little known facts about 10 of the top geniuses of our generation. I bet you didn't know that behind closed doors they were walking around naked or drinking gallons of coffee for inspiration. Does that sound weird or are you like me and that's a normal part of your daily routine?
10 Geniuses with Really Weird Habits
Was their genius a result of their odd personality quirks, or did these strange behaviors stem from their previously eccentric minds?
If you feel like your creativity could use a boost, try these tipsâat your own risk.
Poeâs short stories are not for the faint of heart; they were so gory and morbid that many of his contemporaries found them almost unreadable. It wasnât until well after his death that Poeâs work was admitted to the respected literary canon. Poeâs cat also played a significant role in his creative process. Poe called his beloved tabby, Catterina, his âliterary guardian.â
Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu (who actually prefers to be called Sir Dr. NakaMats) patented the floppy disk in 1952 and has patented more than 3,300 inventions total during his 74 years of life.
And..... many of his greatest ideas hit him when he was close to drowning. Dr. NakaMats believes in the mental benefits of long, airless stints underwater.
âTo starve the brain of oxygen,â says the man, âyou must dive deep and allow the water pressure to deprive the brain of blood. Zero-point-five seconds before death, I visualize an invention.â
The Japanese inventor then jots his idea down on an underwater notepad and swims back to the surface.
Another key to Nakamatsuâs success? Brainstorming in a âcalm room,â 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 nail free, because he believes that ânails reflect thinking.â
This writing process of Christieâs was often disjointed. She wrote wherever the mood struck, sometimes at a kitchen table or in her bedroom. Christie sometimes started writing long before she even had a plot for her stories, and she generally started with the details of the murder scene itself before moving on.
In âThe Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,â an article published in a French magazine in the 1830's, Balzac treated the drink with flamboyant, poetic prose.
âThis coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion,â he wrote. âIdeas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind.â
The psychoanalystâs addiction started early, and he soon smoked almost continuously. A close friend and doctor finally warned Freud that smoking cigars all day was causing a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia.
Freud tried to quit, but he suffered from severe depression during the process. Just how bad was it? âSoon after giving up smoking,â he wrote, âthere came a severe affection of the heart, worse than I ever had when smoking . . . and with it an oppression of mood in which images of dying and farewell scenes replayed the more usual fantasies.â
Freud just couldnât bring himself to kick the habitâeven after 33 surgeries on his mouth and jaw to remove the cancer it caused.
The man also experimented with self-medicating with large doses of cocaine. His ultimate product from this abuse was his Cocaine Papers, a âsong of praise to this magical substance.â
His sense of wonder at these concepts made him pose curious questions, eventually leading to such breakthroughs as his theory of relativity.
Einstein never completely grew out of his odd habits. His chauffeur reports that he once plucked a grasshopper off the ground and ate it. He would also take his violin along on bird watching treks, playing music with tears streaming down his face.
Tesla was known to begin work each day at 3:00 AM and continue until 11:00 PM. These habits caused him to suffer a mental breakdown at age 25. He then pulled himself together and continued the same regimen well into old age, working as many as 38 years without a break in his rigorous work schedule.
The man was celibate, but got along well with pigeons. He had a few deep-seated revulsions: He couldnât stand overweight women or jewelry of any kind (especially pearls).
In his book On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft, King says, âI believe the road to hell is paved by adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.â King makes a solid case (that youâll only appreciate if youâre a lexophile) for powerful writing thatâs completely devoid of adverbs. Adverbs, claims King, rob details and specificity from the rest of the sentence. âAdverbs were created with the timid writer in mind,â he says.
King is also among the most prolific contemporary writers whose works regularly hit the New York Times Best Seller list. He says that writing 2,000 (adverb-free) words every single dayâeven on holidaysâis one of the keys to his success.
Edison was another of the great minds who eschewed such necessities as sleeping. Specifically, Edison adopted a polyphasic sleep cycle, a nap-oriented sleep pattern that aims to free up more waking time over a personâs life. The polyphasic sleep cycle has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity; itâs an attractive option for those looking to increase their productivity. Unfortunately, most experiments on polyphasic sleeping have yielded rather groggy results
Dickens was also obsessively specific in his requirements for the arrangement of his study. Experts who have analyzed Dickensâs life and works have blamed a mild form of obsessive-compulsive disorder and even epilepsy.
His other creative secret? He paced while composing text and dictated his work to an assistant who did much of the physical writing for him. Theyâd sometimes work through each sentence multiple times, substituting words and changing their order before moving on.
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