I’ve posted a lot about the strategies of very successful people: artists, scientists, business leaders…
Looking back, what patterns do we see?
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, examines the work habits of over 150 of the greatest writers, artists and scientists.
What did they all have in common? A relentless pace of work.
“Sooner or later,” Pritchett writes, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”
60-65 hour work weeks were not uncommon.
In a study of general managers in industry, John Kotter reported that many of them worked 60 to 65 hours per week–which translates into at least six 10-hour days. The ability and willingness to work grueling hours has characterized many powerful figures… Energy and strength provide many advantages to those seeking to build power.
When Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied geniuses for his book Creativity, he realized something fascinating about IQ.