Secrets of highly creative people

Like many uber-creatives, Beethoven subscribed to policy of early to bed and early to rise.

Allow me, dear reader, to point you to a recent book review at the Guardian of “Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work: How Artists Work,”┬áby Mason Currey, which summarizes some of the most common strategies of authors, composers, artists and scientists across the centuries:

  1. Be a morning person
  2. Don’t give up the day job
  3. Take lots of walks
  4. Stick to a schedule
  5. Practice strategic substance abuse
  6. Learn to work anywhere

I can get behind #3 and #6, but could barely bring myself to type #1. Oh well, to each his own. But I did enjoy learning about Ludwig von Beethoven, whose morning ritual was to count out the precisely 60 beans used to make his morning coffee.

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