Charles Bukowski typically started writing around 9.30 pm. The rest of the day he was sleeping, drinking and betting on horses.
Honore De Balzac would drink 50 cups of coffee a day while writing his magnum opus, La Comedie Humaine.
Warren Buffett drinks 5 cans of Coke a day. Every day he passes by McDonald’s to get breakfast. He’s been doing this for 54 years.
Francis Bacon would drink several bottles of wine a day, party all night and paint with a hangover in the morning.
Kurt Vonnegut famously said: “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” He woke up at 5.30 am every day.
Sigmund Freud was addicted to cocaine.
Nikola Tesla only slept 2 hours per night. Edison was a polyphasic sleeper. They both thought sleep was a waste of time.
Kierkegaard, Lewis Carroll, and Virginia Woolf all wrote standing up.
Vitalik Buterin is one of the creators of Ethereum. He’s challenging the financial powerhouses of this world. “I saw him on the commuter train and he was wearing mismatched Hello Kitty socks,” Michael Perklin said. This is him:
Tim Ferriss planned to commit suicide during his time at Princeton university. He felt like a failure. He almost went through with it. A call from his mother saved him.
Robert Zemeckis thought he was making the worst movie ever in Forrest Gump. He said “When you feel like oh I don’t know if I’m doing it right. These other guys seem to know. No they don’t know. None of them know. That’s the beauty of it. you don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward.”
BJ Novak, a writer for The Office, spends several hours every day getting in a good mood. Walking, playing, drinking coffee, fooling around, reading newspapers, etc. He was demoralized by how many great people start their day early. He said “For night owls like me it’s nice to know that when you get started each day seems to matter less than learning how to get started consistently, however your crazy ass can manage it. It is so reassuring to see everyone has their own system, and how dysfunctional a lot of them are.”
We’re all crazy, weird and insecure. In terms of “successful habits”, all bets are off.