By Vicki Santillano, DivineCaroline
Many of us have heard of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a self-help guide to changing our actions and perceptions in order to accomplish more. Advice like “be proactive” and “synergize” is all well and good, but at the end of the day, I want to know exactly what great feats these highly effective people have achieved before I adopt their habits.
After all, was Beethoven pondering synergy when he composed some of the most beautiful classic music ever created? DaVinci was a terrible procrastinator, yet what he did finish changed the art world forever. I researched the lives of famous geniuses, hoping their daily actions would help me produce something great instead of simply producing more. But after reading about some of their oddball antics, it’s obvious that genius doesn’t come without a price—namely, mean streaks, cross-dressing, and mind-boggling weirdness.
1. Leonardo DaVinci
DaVinci and I have a couple of things in common: vegetarianism and the misfortune of being both perfectionists and terrible procrastinators. However, he did manage to complete masterpieces like Mona Lisa and The Last Supper and I … didn’t. Some say DaVinci preferred taking small naps throughout the day instead of sleeping for eight hours at night. Maybe that erratic sleep cycle is why he had such trouble paying attention to projects long enough to finish them—in fact, he may be one of the earliest sufferers of attention deficit disorder.
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