It is often misconceived by highly successful men and women that they are stuck in their jobs without apologies.
Nothing is more thrilling to find out that many of them, just like every other human being, have activities outside the formal office space, which they enjoy doing in their leisure. After all, it is said that work and play together make for a balanced mind.
In this article, I’ll be sharing with you, 10 Hobbies Of Most Successful People.
Reading is not only reserved for scholars and school children; at least there is proof that those outside academia are making a pastime out of it.
The host and founder of Oprah Winfrey’s Network, Oprah Winfrey, is a sucker for reading. She also owns a book club which has gone on to be well-known among book lovers.
Not just that reading builds one’s vocabulary and writing skills, but it also enhances one’s knowledge of diverse subject matters while bringing relaxation to the brain, especially if the content of the book isn’t disturbing.
Baking is a form of cooking that requires making food out of flour and other ingredients. It is filled with lots of experimental works that is both refreshing and mind-stimulating.
Baking has evolved from being limited to housewives and professional confectioners, to a hobby for highly positioned people in the world of business and industry.
Marissa Mayer and Emma Stone, the accomplished former Yahoo executive, and high-earning Hollywood actress respectively, love baking as a hobby.
Marissa finds the art of baking to be more scientific than casual and confessed that it helps her mind spring up with new ideas in tackling challenges in the office. Emma loves baking to the point of desiring to own a bakery of her own someday.
- Contract Bridge
Contract bridge or simply, bridge, is a card game comprising 52 cards played by 4 players. It is a trick-taking game that may be old-school, but ever new to Bill Gates.
Bridge is a game that he learned to play as a child, and though fun, the game cannot be mastered. Rather, a lot of new tactics are open to be learned from playing bridge.
It helps with analytical thinking and problem-solving the participants.
- Playing Tennis
Whether it is lawn tennis or table tennis, there is an exciting feeling that is associated with hitting a little ball back and forth across a table.
Editor-in-chief at Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour, makes playing tennis a hobby. This she plays every early morning for at least an hour.
Regular tennis players can boast of fit bodies, healthy hearts, and energized minds.
- Playing Chess
Among the Virgin Inc. founders, most of their relaxation activity is playing chess.
The game of chess is tactical, swift, and challenging to play. The most enriching favor, however, is its risky side. Little wonder Richard Branson loves playing it, as he is a bundle of risks and adventures. In his words, “I think chess may just be the best game in the world. “It combines the greatest aspects of many different sports – tactics, planning, bravery, and risk-taking – plus you can have a cup of tea and often a stimulating conversation while you play!”
So much for a highly successful business tycoon! By the way, Branson has played chess more than a thousand times and finds it very interesting to play the game with his children.
The billionaire Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and the founder of Square, a mobile payment company, is a hiking addict who commits his Saturdays to long, energetic walks.
Hiking is both a hobby and an exercise routine that helps to get rid of excess fat while making the hiker embrace the beauty of the outdoor environment. Hiking can be done in the countryside or along trails.
Ever seen a child coloring? He is so lost in it that he becomes unaware of his external surrounding. The same experience awaits men and women who love coloring as a hobby.
It helps to sharpen one’s creative ability while relaxing the mind. It also helps in getting a jumbled mind organized. There are hundreds of adult coloring books for grown-ups like Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s wife.
Painting basically requires applying color and strokes to a solid surface with the aid of a brush.
A lot of advantages dwell in having painting as a hobby. Amongst them is its ability to make you confident within yourself as a creator, and the way it fine-tunes your imaginative power.
A painter is one of the most patient persons in the world. George W. Bush Jr., the former United States President has taken up painting as a serious hobby after leaving the White House in 2009. To his credit, he has painted more than 50 puppies and 30 world leaders.
- Vintage Collection
Away from energy-demanding hobbies, vintage collection is centred on collecting and owning items that are outdated in time.
Tom Hanks, one of the most successful Hollywood actors and filmmakers, has been a vintage collector since 1978, and guess what, the vintage items he collects are typewriters. He loves the sound a typewriter makes and the permanence on paper of the words typed with a typewriter.
- Playing A Musical Instrument
Music is life. Music makers are life-givers in their most humble ways. A musical instrument enhances the sound and melody of music and can be a form of hobby to do.
Warren Buffett is a musical instrument player who plays the stringed ukulele as both a pastime and a charitable venture.
In conclusion, creating time for some creative plays can be as rewarding for you as working.
Go ahead and lay your hands on something other than business or working.