Earlier this week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg amused the internet by posting a picture of his wardrobe – a selection of the exact same t-shirts and hoodies – describing his difficulty in choosing an outfit for his first day back at work after his paternity break. As odd as it may seem to us mere mortals that a person could wear the same outfit every day, there have been plenty of high-flyers (including the late Steve Jobs) who cite wearing the same clothes as a way in which they maintain their success.

While it wouldn’t work for everyone, the idea behind this is that, by reducing the amount of small daily choices we have to make (such as what to wear, what to have for breakfast, whether you should give in and watch another 10 episodes of Jessica Jones), we can open up more space in our brain to focus on more important choices.

Of course, for the more fashion-conscious entrepreneurs, this secret of success isn’t exactly a viable option. But don’t be disheartened – there are plenty of other examples of odd things famously-successful people have claimed helped them fight their way to the top and stay there.

1. Drowning


Now this one I wouldn’t recommend trying at home. Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu (inventor of over 3000 creations in his lifetime, including the floppy disk) had many of his best ideas underwater while on the brink of drowning. He claimed that to starve the brain of oxygen was to get it to work at its best, and that just a nanosecond before death he would suddenly be struck with a vision of a new invention.

While this method may have worked for the Doc, it’s probably best for us to just stick to having deep shower thoughts.

2. Air Pressure Chamber


Another difficult to replicate success secret: Olympic athlete Michael Phelps sleeps in a specially designed chamber that provides him with air similar to that you would find at an altitude of 9000 feet. Phelps claims that the reduction of oxygen means that his body has to work harder to produce more blood cells and provide oxygen to his muscles, and increases his endurance.

Has anyone considered asking him if he has heard of a memory foam mattress instead?

3. Urine


While much easier to try at home than Phelp’s bed chamber, I can’t see many NUBI readers wanting to give heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida’s sports tip a go: he drinks his own urine every day, claiming that it acts as a natural medicine.

You’ll never complain about a gross-tasting protein shake again.

4. Handwritten Work


Quentin Tarantino, master scriptwriter and director of many much-loved films, follows the habit of handwriting his scripts before typing them up on a word processor. While certainly less odd than the other tips on this list, when you consider the sheer length of a movie script and the amount of time – and hand cramp – it would take to compose a screenplay using this method, it seems like an odd way to go about writing. Why does Tarantino do this to himself?

When it comes to typing up the script on a computer, Tarantino is forced to re-read and edit his work, until he ends up with the perfect screenplay. Admittedly, I use this method for work myself, as I loathe proof-reading (as my editor can probably tell…)

5. Alcohol


Not in the fun way – rather than creating art while being drunk, famous painter Francis Bacon would prefer to work while hungover, as he claimed it was the only time at which his brain felt truly free. Which probably explains why his paintings are so well-known for featuring grotesque and raw imagery – nothing looks beautiful after a night of Jagers.

Actually, all that considered, wearing the same outfit to work every day doesn’t sound so bad anymore…

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