The book Daily Rituals by Mason Curryer details the intricacies and quirks of exactly how 161 creative geniuses spent their days. If there’s one takeaway, it’s that there is certainly no ‘right way’ to do good work.
James Joyce got up slowly, taking an hour or so after waking up to just sit around in bed thinking, before finally rising at 11am to shave. Darwin stuck to an incredibly strict, regimented pattern: work in his study, long, solitary walks and lunches with his wife for nearly 40 years.
It’s an important book, with a critical lesson weaved in amongst the sometimes mundane details of the way these people spent their lives: the way that people approach work is as unique as the sequence of their DNA.
Once you realise there’s not a one size fits all solution, no life hack or online course you can take than will change your life and transform you into a creative genius, you can start figuring stuff out for yourself. Anyway, how boring would the world be if there was only one route to success? Even if there are commonalities across people who ‘make it’, we’re all starting from different places, and the journey to even get close to that path is an Odyssey within itself.
“Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying. “
-John Paul Getty
In this life, we’ve got the incredible privilege of being able to dance to our own tune, to tackle difficult problems and produce the best work we can in the face of all our problems. Don’t take it for granted.