How To Be More Like A Genius…Discover What Einstein, Picasso And Edison Had In Common That You Can Do Too!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be a genius?  You’d be super smart and everything would come easy to you.  You’d hardly have to work at all.  Life would be a piece of cake.  Or at least that’s what you’d think.  But, reality is often very different.

Let’s take 3 geniuses as an example: Einstein, Picasso and Edison.  When most people think of these three geniuses, they think of their God-given gifts.  Things like very high IQs…artistic ability…etc. Did you know all three of these geniuses had something in common besides their intelligence that may be even more important?  What is this incredible commonality?  Incredible WORK ETHIC!  That’s right.  All three men (who supposedly had it so easy) WORKED, ON AVERAGE, MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKS TODAY.  In fact, all three averaged 18 hour workdays…7 days a week!

Edison still worked 16 hours a day at the age of 75. On average, Edison only slept 3-4 hours  a day…usually naps in his lab.  Picasso painted 18 hours a day until he was in his 80s.  In his 90s, he was still producing works of art.  Picasso said he never got tired, and when asked about his work in his 90s, he said, “I am overburdened with work. I don’t have a single second to spare, and can’t think of anything else.”  Einstein was also an obsessed worker and over-achiever.  He said there was never enough time for work.  It is reported he did not like socks because they were unnecessary complications of life that diverted one’s energies from what was important.  WOW!

So, what’s the bottom line in all this and why is it important to you?  The first thing to understand is, while the size of their IQs definitely helped, it was not even close to being the most important thing in their achievements and successes.  What’s more important was their desire and willingness to WORK.  Even after monumental achievements…and at an old age…they continued to push forward and get more and more done. Each only slept about 3-4 hours a night.  How else could they work 18 hours a day?

But, let’s get this point straight: No one is saying you should only sleep 3-4 hours a night.  On the contrary, recent research suggests it is not a healthy thing to do.  But, if you want to be successful in anything, spending more time doing it will make your success quicker and better.  That’s why getting up earlier every day is extremely important to anyone who wants to be successful. Being an “early riser” is another commonality of ultra-successful people.  Just imagine if you could wake up an hour earlier every day. At the end of a year, you would have had an extra 365 hours… or almost 46 full 8-hour workdays to work towards your goals.

Here are some tips to help you become an early riser – with the least amount of pain!  Make a goal list – and write it down – before you go to sleep.  This gives you a good reason to get up.  Go to bed and wake up at the same time EVERY DAY – including weekends.  This puts you in a natural rhythm and is healthier.  Use an alarm you like – so you do not wake up angry.  Do something physical as soon as you wake up.  It can be sit-ups, push-ups or a morning walk.  This gets the blood flowing and wakes you up quicker so you will be more productive. Do it for 21 days because it generally takes 21 days to change a behavior and make it a habit.  After 3 weeks, it will become much easier.

WARNING:  Waking up earlier and working harder will not make you a genius, but it will make you more “genius-like” and it will most likely bring many good things into your life. 🙂

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