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The 10 Bizarre Habits of Profitable Individuals

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This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur as a result of this process.

One thing is certain: the most successful people – in the fields of art, sport, politics and business – are out of the box. Maybe that's why it shouldn't surprise us that they have strange habits, but some are so unknown that it's impossible not to be amazed.

These are the most exotic practices used by successful people.

Get up early … VERY early

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for 11 years, started her days not at 6 a.m., not at 5 a.m. … but at 4 a.m. It is said that he was just sleeping 4 hours during the week. The question is, where does she get the energy from to build the Iron Lady's fame?

Wear different socks

Seth Godin, an American businessman and leading marketing theorist, is known for wearing brightly colored socks that are full of shapes and different from each other. He does it to illustrate one point: not to be afraid to "step out of shape".

Offer your day to Buddha

Before Eric Ripert, French chef and owner of Le Bernardin, one of the best restaurants in the world, begins his daily activities, he meditates for a few minutes and offers his day to Buddha. Ripert is a devoted follower of Buddhism and a follower of the Dalai Lama.

Wear unusual work clothes

Suit, tie and briefcase? Bah: This uniform is for common business people. Business mogul Steve Jobs challenged this rule by wearing one a pair of jeans , a black turtleneck, and a pair of New Balance sneakers for all of his meetings and conferences.

Always wear the same clothes

Why break your head wondering what to wear to work when you can always wear the same thing? This is the (strange) logic of Leo Widrich, a young entrepreneur and co-founder of Buffer, a company that manages corporate social networks. Leo prefers to wear the same shirts over and over so that he can focus on "bigger decisions".

Sleep in a capsule

No, it's not science fiction … Michael Phelps, a swimmer and American Olympic champion, sleeps in an air-operated compartment that simulates some 2,700 meters high. The goal? Force your body to work even while you sleep to produce more red blood cells and provide oxygen to your muscles.

Write thank you notes by hand

Not all CEOs live live on their phones and tablets. Dave Kerpen, owner of Likeable Local, a successful social media company, has a practice that allows him to develop close relationships with his employees and customers: Writing thank you notes from Hand. Write at least three a day.

Lock yourself in a hotel room

To be more productive during the day, Maya Angelou – poet, writer, activist, actress, singer, screenwriter, and film director – locked herself in a small hotel room from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. She carried a dictionary, a Bible and a deck of cards and a bottle of sherry … to stimulate your creativity, of course.

Drown yourself

There are rare habits, but certainly none as extreme as Yoshiro Nakamatsu's. The 85-year-old Japanese, inventor of the floppy disk, the karaoke machine, the taximeter and the digital clock, dipped his head in water until he was almost out of breath. His idea: depriving the brain of oxygen and "push it to the limit." He claims to be close to death and visualizing his best inventions.

Work 130 hours a week

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, is known for her hobby – or rather, addiction? – work. While at Google, he spent 130 hours a week for the company (more than 18 hours a day, including weekends). In order to cope with such a work rhythm, he should take a week off every four months.

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