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9 Geniuses And Their Weird Habits Eng


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9 Geniuses And Their Weird Habits translated from Romanian (the powepoint in RO is not my creation)into English by N.M.Samargiu (

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    Still, I think 'inventing under water' beats pretty much everything (go Yoshiro!!!)
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9 Geniuses And Their Weird Habits Eng

  1. 2. Da Vinci slept 2 hours a day. In order to use this type of sleep, also called “polyphasic sleep”, one has to adapt to a strict programme, with series of 20-30 minutes of sleep, at each 4 hours during the 24 hours period The main advantage of Da Vinci’s sleeping programme includes more free time, colourful dreams and a strict control over the body.
  2. 3. He was prepared to think of the same problem more hours a day, for many months , until he succeeded in what he had planned. He is known for the statement that “ people use only 10% of the brain” If you want to think like Einstein, you must “work” your brain the same way an olympic athlete works his body-many hours per day, each day.
  3. 4. The British novelist wrote and slept facing the north, align ing with the Earth’s poles. He used to do so, believing that in this manner he could improve his creativity. If he slept in other places, would re-arrange the bed , thus always carrying with him a navigation compass Try sleeping heading the north and see to what extent this approach gives offers you more creative energy.
  4. 5. Edison used “power napping” (short period sleep) in order to offer to his phenomenal brain a “ break” from the menthal effort. In order to stimulate his creativity, he slept in the armchair, with the hand supported on/by the elbow, while holding tight in the hand a bundle of balls. Thus, he would “delegate” to his subconscious some problems on which he worked . When he would douse in a profound sleep , the bundle of balls would get dropped, and the noise woke him. . When waking up, he would write anything he had in mind, which was ussually the solution to the problem. Could you try power napping ?
  5. 6. Yoshiro Nakamatsu, a Japanese inventor, is one of the biggest geniuses of human history. He has over 3000 patented inventions and won a Noble Prize. He enjoys to invent underwater , having a Plexiglas water proof board. He named this technique “creative swimming” and says that “the oxygen is the enemy of the brain”. Even if the creative swimming is not that handy , think about how you could create in less conventional environments and what effect would have this change on the manner in which you find solutions to the problems . Have you thought of moving your desk in a park ?
  6. 7. Cervantes “had”to sit in cold water up to the knees before entering a creative state . This “te c hni que ” is talked about a lot , methaphorically, but not too often practised For the periods during which you need maximum intellectual concentration , s hort rounds of cold baths to and for the feet could help. What do you say ?
  7. 8. Hemingway used to write text s of 5000 words each day. This technique allowed him to overcome the “writer’s block” and maintain his writer’s skills to very high levels. The principle is similar to the athletes’ trainings . Repet ition is the mother of excellence . You could apply this principle both to writing as in other domains of your life where you want to excel. Just train each day on the chosen topic.
  8. 9. Thomas Wolfe used to write standing up. This method involving the body in the creative process, can be very useful even for you. The long hours working on the computer could be alternated with shorter working sessions while standing up. Thus, can be released tensions from the spine and breathing can be improved.
  9. 10. Maybe was the author’s hallucination, but he really believed that a rotten apple on the desk would improve his writing technique. Beyond the apple weirdness, think which are the external stimuluses that can improve your focus and creativity while learning or writing. The brain activity can be stimulated by such external “anchors”. For example, the smell of coffee or the sight of a plant or landscape.
  10. 11. Translated from Romanian by N.M. Samargiu (