Nikola Tesla: “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything”

11 Bizarre Sleeping Habits Of Highly Successful People

VIVIAN GIANG NOV. 19, 2013, 11:24 AM 219,099 6

One of a professional’s most important daily rituals is how and when they sleep, since this affects how well they perform on the job. For people at the top, who often face intense pressure and packed schedules, sometimes these sleeping habits can be quite strange. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, for instance, sleeps in a high altitude chamber which forces his body to work even while resting. Meanwhile, famed writer Charles Dickens always slept facing north, and inventor Nikola Tesla never slept for more than two hours a night. Here’s a look at the most bizarre sleeping habits of highly successful people.

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Inventor Nikola Tesla never slept for more than two hours a day.Tesla got more out of the day with his limited sleep schedule. Like Da Vinci, Telsa also followed the Uberman sleep cycle and claimed to never sleep for more than two hours a day and reportedly once worked for 84 hours in a lab without any rest or sleep. “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success … Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything,” he said. Read more of this post

Malcolm Walker, Iceland’s frozen food evangelist; “A lot of my friends who’ve had businesses have sold them and suddenly got old very quickly.” “Some of my friends have done well in business . . . their 17-year-old gets a BMW, they all turn out brats. My three children are amazing. They know the value of money.”

November 10, 2013 1:40 pm

Malcolm Walker, Iceland’s frozen food evangelist

By Emma Jacobs

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There is a great deal of snobbery surrounding Iceland, the frozen food emporium started by Malcolm Walker more than four decades ago. People like to mock its doner kebab pizzas and its party packets of “bubble bobble” prawns. He has heard it all before. There has always been, he observes, a distinct class difference between the City of London and its metropolitan media, and northern entrepreneurs, like him. Read more of this post

Big Trouble In Massive China: “The Nation Might Face Credit Losses Of As Much As $3 Trillion”

Big Trouble In Massive China: “The Nation Might Face Credit Losses Of As Much As $3 Trillion”

Tyler Durden on 11/19/2013 12:09 -0500

The following chart from Bloomberg showing official Chinese NPL data has its pros and cons.

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The pros: it shows that the trend in improving NPLs has dramatically inverted in the past ten quarters and has risen to the highest in at least three years.

The cons: the chart, which again is based on official data, is woefully misrepresenting and underestimating just how profound the bad debt situation is in a country in which each month pseudo-nationalized banks issue loans amounting to the same or more in new liquidity as the Fed and BOJ do combined!  Read more of this post

Interest Rate Swaps Hit Record High As China Warns “Big Chance Of Bank Failures”

Interest Rate Swaps Hit Record High As China Warns “Big Chance Of Bank Failures”

Tyler Durden on 11/19/2013 22:35 -0500

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Overnight repo rates are spiking once again in early trading as the typically smaller banks that are more desperate bid aggressively for whetever liquidity they can find. 5Y Chinese swap rates have also reached a record high as the Yuan reaches its highest since Feb 2005. Chinese authorities are clearly stepping up the rhetoric:

*CHINA SHADOW-FINANCE RISKS WILL SPREAD TO BANKS, FANG SAYS

*VERY BIG CHANCE ONE OR TWO SMALL CHINA BANKS WILL FAIL: FANG

*SOME CHINA TRUST INVESTMENT FIRMS MAY FAIL, SELL ASSETS: FANG

*CHINA MUST PLAN FOR BANK-FAIL SCENARIOS TO MANAGE RISKS: FANG

*CHINA NEEDS TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CORPORATE LEVERAGE: HU

The gambit between the PBOC’s liqudity provision and the growing dependence on their “spice” is clear – the question is, of course, will banks send a message (via the markets) to the PBOC or will they self-select (on first-mover’s advantage) eradicating the weakest. 5Y Chinese Interest Rate Swaps have reached a record high (implying expectations priced into the market of rising interest rates)… and short-term liquidity is problematic again as overnight repo jumps to 5.00% in early trading.. What everyone is wondering is – with the failure of 1 or 2 banks seemingly guaranteed – how will the contagion be contained? How will the interbank market respond when no one knows who is it? We know what happened in the US in 2008…

Disruption and loss can foster growth; Adversity often provides the stimulus that drives a determination to success in business

November 19, 2013 4:10 pm

Disruption and loss can foster new growth

By Luke Johnson

Adversity often provides the stimulus that drives a determination to success in business

E xperiencing adversity is almost a necessary precondition for those destined for the top. As Henry David Thoreau said: “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” If it all comes too easy, if your life is too comfortable, then you are unlikely to stretch yourself, or know how to handle hard knocks. Nothing creates adversity like war. It is almost always a tragic waste of lives and resources. But from all the terrible dislocation of armed conflict a number of businesses have emerged. Read more of this post

Signs of ‘sudden’ cardiac death may come weeks before: study

Signs of ‘sudden’ cardiac death may come weeks before: study

Tue, Nov 19 2013

By Ransdell Pierson and Bill Berkrot

(Reuters) – Signs of approaching “sudden” cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction that stops the heart, usually appear at least a month ahead of time, according to a study of middle-age men in Portland, Oregon. “We’re looking at how to identify the Tim Russerts and Jim Gandolfinis – middle aged men in their 50s who drop dead and we don’t have enough information why,” said Sumeet Chugh, senior author of the study and associate director for genomic cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. Read more of this post

Hemingway’s Secret to Maintaining Productive Momentum: Always Leave a Little Water in the Well

HEMINGWAY’S SECRET TO MAINTAINING PRODUCTIVE MOMENTUM

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LIKE ERNEST? TREAT YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AS IF IT’S A RENEWABLE RESOURCE: ALWAYS LEAVE A LITTLE WATER IN THE WELL.

BY DRAKE BAER

To Ernest Hemingway, writers are like wells: “The important thing is to have good water in the well,” he told the Paris Review, “and it is better to take a regular amount out than to pump the well dry and wait for it to refill.” In this way, Hemingway coined the phrase leaving water in the well: instead of spending all your creative juices all at once, you leave a little bit of inspiration so that you can return to the same momentum that you left it with. Hemingway, whose habits of badass productivity we’ve talked about before, said to never stop writing without knowing how you are going to start again, to, in other words, never end a day’s work without knowing how you are going to start the next day. Read more of this post

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