But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities.
Her book Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People contains some fascinating and funny habits.
- Thom Yorke prepares for live concerts with a headstand ritual
- NASA engineers eat peanuts before every launch as a lucky charm
- Picasso held on to his fingernail clippings to maintain his spiritual “essence”
- Frida Kahlo painted plants and flowers from her desk, looking over her garden
Creative people can be a bit superstitious, to say the least. As Seth Godin likes to say, “we're all weird.”
Whatever you do to keep your edge, do it.
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