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Weirdest and Wildest Quirks of Successful CEOs

November 22, 2019DMT.NEWS

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The Weirdest Habits of Highly Successful CEO and Business Leaders

Almost everybody looks up to successful CEOs and business leaders. Whether they’re humble entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders or tech giants, there’s something about a successful leader that is inherently admirable. We all want to know what makes them tick, where they source their energy and what has propelled their success – and sometimes, it’s not exactly what you’d think.

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Sure, a lot of successful business leaders have read all the right books, work out and eat right, but there are handfuls of entrepreneurs who credit at least part of their success to certain quirks they’ve embraced throughout their career. Here, we’re diving into some of the strangest habits these successful CEOs have adopted to help them take care of business – from taking ice baths to fake commuting to work.

Following an All-Fruit Diet

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Who: Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

Steve Jobs was known to eat very specific kinds of food to try and take control of his health. He was a fruitarian (someone who only eats fruit), but he took it one step further and changed what kind of fruit he ate weekly, according to former CEO Mike Scott. What’s more, Scott also stated that due to his diet, Steve Jobs would only need to bathe once per week. “Steve was adamant that he bathed once a week, and that was adequate as long he was eating a fruitarian diet.” Scott said, “He would spend weeks eating the same thing – carrot salad with lemon, or just apples – and then suddenly spurn that food and declare that he had stopped eating it.”

Breaking the Day Into 5-Minute Segments

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Who: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

Elon Musk has a lot on his plate – and he somehow manages his tasks by breaking each day into five-minute segments. Normally, he’ll spend a few days at SpaceX and a few at Tesla, but no matter what he’s currently working on, he schedules his time into five-minute increments – including his lunch.

Following a “Two Pizza” Rule

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Who: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

In order to make the most out of meetings – and the precious time of his senior execs and employees – Jeff Bezos adheres to a two-pizza rule when scheduling and attending meetings. The Amazon boss never organizes meetings where two pizzas can’t feed the entire group. This way, only the key players will be in attendance, which will, in turn, keep the meeting intimate and, more importantly, effective.

Measuring Everything

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Who: Shigeru Miyamoto, CEO of Nintendo

Nintendo’s co-representative director, Shigeru Miyamoto, has been called the “Spielberg of video games” by Time magazine, but the tech giant owes a lot of credit to his #1 stress releasing habit … which is, well, interesting. Miyamoto will guess the length of objects, then measure them to see how precise he has gotten. He even carries a tape measure everywhere he goes so he can check the accuracy of his guesses, wherever he is.

Faking a Commute to Work

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Who: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

While most of us are looking for any way to reduce our commute to the office (aren’t work-from-home days a dream?!), the CEO of Spanx has a different approach. Sara Blakely lives very close to her office building, but will actually drive around the neighborhood on a “fake commute” for an hour before heading into the office. Why? She says she believes that the car is where her best thinking happens.

Wearing the Same Pair of Clothes Every day

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Who: Michael Kors, CCO of Michael Kors

Many executives and business owners, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, have been known to create a “uniform” to wear to work every day. But the most surprising culprit? Fashion designer Michael Kors. The fashion giant wears the same black crewneck every day, which allows him to focus on other decisions rather than wasting time curating his own outfit.

Making Out of the Box Resolutions – and Sticking to Them

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Who: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Like most of us, Mark Zuckerberg sets himself a resolution every year. However, the CEO of Facebook sets insanely out-of-the-box resolutions that are a lot more challenging than, say, going to the gym. Over the past few years, the social media maven has made the resolution to learn Chinese, visit every state in the U.S. and run a mile every single day.

Boasting Bulletproof Confidence

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Who: Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue

Anna Wintour is known for her no-nonsense approach to running Vogue. However, the icy executive doesn’t always know her decisions are the best choice, even if her demeanor suggests she’s fail-safe. “Even if I’m completely unsure,” she stated, “I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

Taking an Ice Bath

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Who: Tim Kendall, CEO of Moment App

Many people practice a quick jump in a cold shower, but Tim Kendall, former Pinterest executive and current CEO of Moment, takes things one step further. The tech giant empties a full tray of ice into his bath each morning, and soaks in it for at least five minutes. He says the practice leaves him “super focused” and “really energized.” Who needs coffee after that?!

Reading for Most of the Day

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Who: Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Big time investor Warren Buffett is known to spend most of his working day either deep in thought, or reading. “I insist on a lot of time being spent to just sit and think. This is very uncommon in American business,” Buffett said, “I read and think ... and make less impulsive decisions than most people in business.”

Never Scheduling (or Attending) Meetings

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Who: Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Have you ever worked in an office that seems to call a meeting for every little thing? There’s nothing worse than being pulled from your desk and deep work just for another useless meeting. Mark Cuban considers most meetings (even those super hyped-up company all-hands ones) to be a waste of time. The "Shark Tank" star once said, “The only way you're going to get me for a meeting is if you're writing me a check.” We feel that.

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