We may never reach the levels of genius that thinkers like Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein reach, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. In a recent study, authors highlighted quirky habits of really creative thinkers. Here are three you can incorporate in your own life:
They say Steve Jobs wasn’t afraid to shed a tear or 2,000 when he was frustrated with results (or lack of). Crying is a known stress reliever and releases feel-good hormones that can boost your mood after a setback.
Bill Gates dropped out of college. Einstein quit music lessons. Geniuses realise that if a hobby or a pursuit is more work than joy, they leave the pursuit in the dust in search of better-fitting pastimes that enhance their creativity instead of hindering it.
3. Over-think it
J.K. Rowling admits that the idea for her Harry Potter series came while she rode a train and that she couldn’t bring herself to borrow a pen from her fellow passengers. Instead, she closed her eyes and followed the initial idea as far as she could take it for the remainder of the ride home. When she arrived, she’d dreamed up much more than she started with. Sometimes, you need to take a germ of an idea and let it wander through your mind a bit before committing it to paper.