Discover Habits for Success

Explore the daily routines of some of the world’s most influential people and historical figures.

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Mahatma Gandhi


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule, and to later inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. 1

Daily Routine

Mahatma Gandhi had a very simple daily routine. He would wake up before sunrise and spend the first hour in prayer and meditation. He would then go for a long walk and spend the rest of the morning reading, writing, and attending to correspondence. Lunch was usually a simple vegetarian meal. After lunch, he would rest for a while and then spend the afternoon meeting with people, attending to more correspondence, and writing. In the evening, he would attend prayer meetings and take part in discussions about India’s freedom struggle. He was also known to take long walks in the evening and spend some time spinning cotton. He would go to bed early, usually around 8 PM.

Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Arguably one of the most inventive minds in human history, Nikola Telsa developed a set of remarkable habits that he believed helped him excel in numerous fields.

Telsa provided us with an interesting insight into his dietary habits in a 1935 interview: “Why overburden the bodies that serve us? I eat but two meals a day, and I avoid all acid-producing foods…I partake liberally of fresh vegetables, fish and meat sparingly, and rarely.”

Of his exercise and bathing habits, Telsa commented: "I walk eight or ten miles every day, and never take a cab or other conveyances when I have the time to use leg power. I also exercise in my bath daily, for I think that this is of great importance. I take a warm bath, followed by a prolonged cold shower."

With around 300 patents attributed to him, it may come as no surprise that Telsa completely immersed himself with his work. Such dedication often came at the cost of sleep, he said: “Sometimes I doze for an hour or so. Occasionally, however, once in a few months, I may sleep for four or five hours. Then I awaken virtually charged with energy, like a battery…There is no doubt about it but that sleep is a restorer, a vitalizer, that it increases energy. But on the other hand, I do not think it is essential to one's well being, particularly if one is habitually a poor sleeper."

Harry S. Truman

U.S President

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Harry S. Truman rose at 7:30 am and begun his day, as advised by his physician, with a shot of bourbon and a big glass of orange juice. Accompanied by the secret service, the US president then embarked on a brisk walk around the compound before sitting to eat a typical breakfast of eggs, bacon, cereal, toast and milk at 8am. Truman’s working day commenced at 9am with a staff meeting in the lawn, followed by responding to various presidential documents and at 11am he swum and sunbathed at Fort Zach.

The president’s early afternoon was occupied with working lunches and meetings and it wasn’t until the late afternoon that he could afford more time to relaxation. For instance, Truman frequently allowed his staff to go deep-sea fishing although rarely did he accompany them, preferring instead to swim, read or take the occasional nap.

Evenings were usually a very social occasion with Truman inviting up to 14 guests to join him for dinner. After which, movies were screened in the living room for whoever was interested. Truman was also an avid poker player and would challenge guests to game.