Five habits of successful people

Author Jonathan Franzen wrote parts of his award winning novel The Corrections wearing earplugs, earmuffs and blindfolded, so that he could concentrate better. British artist Francis Bacon liked to work on a hangover, because in his words “my mind is crackling with energy, and I can think very clearly.” Benjamin Franklin used to take ‘air baths’, which involved opening all the windows and doors and stripping down, to ‘refresh.’

A lot of highly successful people have habits that help them with their productivity, and while some are clearly more eccentric than others, a lot of these habits make sense.

For instance, there is a popular misconception that in order to be successful one has to work oneself silly, often at the cost of relationships, personal time and sleep. But speak to those who know, and they’ll tell you how important it is to get enough sleep, spend time with family and friends and get away from it all.

At Tranquini we believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle that allows for hard work, play and rest, and we’ve found five highly successful people who tend to agree. Read on and be inspired.

Always Stay Optimistic – Elon Musk – Tesla

The CEO of Tesla, Space X and founder of PayPal has faced immense obstacles throughout his career, like being told that electric cars are impractical by the auto industry, banking over the internet is impossible and sending a man to Mars would never happen in his lifetime. Yet despite the naysayers, Musk continues to defy the odds and prove his critics wrong. The main reason – he is unshakably optimistic. He’s made a habit of finding a way to make things work that were previously regarded as impossible. In his words “If you wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

Take Risks – Beyonce Knowles – Musician

Beyonce has made a habit of taking every opportunity she’s been given, even if it presented a big risk or an opportunity for failure. “I can never be safe,” she says, “I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.” Successful people take risks where others might remain too cautious. Even if they don’t succeed the first time, it’s their ability to learn from their mistakes and bounce back that see them succeed in the long run.

Read, Read, Read –Mark Zuckerberg

In 2015, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg pledged to read a book every two weeks. Bill Gates reads a book a week while American business tycoon Warren Buffet devotes over 80 percent of his day to reading. Successful people across the board are known to read a lot and are highly selective about what they read, preferring non-fiction, educational books, as well as biographies about other successful people.

Stay Active – Barack Obama

Barack Obama has a strict, 6 days a week, 45-minute workout regime that he maintained throughout his Presidency. It involves a combination of cardio and strength. He was also known to frequent the basketball courts of various federal buildings throughout Washington. Editor in Chief Anna Wintour plays an hour of tennis every day before work. Richard Branson kite surfs regularly while Jennifer Aniston does a spin-yoga combo every morning. Successful people understand that in order to have an active mind it’s important to get exercise on a regular basis.

Practice Stillness – Oprah Winfrey – Talk Show Host

Oprah Winfrey practices stillness for 20 minutes every day. In her words, “The one thing I want to do is center myself every day and make that a practice for myself. Because I’m 1000 percent better when I do that.” Science has proven that meditation reduces stress, and improves productivity, and is practiced by a number of highly successful people including Jeff Weiner (CEO of Linkedin), Russell Simmons (CEO of Def Jam Records) and Lady Gaga.

So there you have it, from the minds of some of the most successful people living today – very manageable everyday habits that promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Be sure to include a can of Tranquini in your daily habits.

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Adult playgrounds

‘Adult playgrounds’ – the term conjures up memories of that time you and three friends embarked on a party weekend that involved, a leopard print thong, a point-and-shoot camera containing damning evidence and an annulled marriage. Good times. But before you get the wrong idea, the kind of adult playground’s we’re referring to do not involve any nefarious activities.

Rather they refer to urban playgrounds and parks that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike. In some cases they’re specifically tailored so adults can get in touch with their inner child and help relieve stress by participating in health related activities, without having to sign up for expensive gym programs.

This trend, embraced by designers and urban planners across the world, offers a welcome alternative to the sterile, indoor gym environment to exercise, socialize, be creative and have fun in centrally located public spaces.

We’ve found five amazing examples of adult playgrounds around the world for you to marvel at, and hopefully enjoy one day. 

Superkilen – København, Denmark

Superkilen is the perfect example of an adult playground. The park is subdivided into three distinct areas: a red square, a black market and a green park. Each contains uniquely designed elements such as recreational facilities, barbeque and picnic areas, green spaces, pet areas, sports facilities, as well as multiples cycle tracks throughout. The park celebrates diversity by containing objects from various countries, including swings from Iraq, benches from Brazil, manhole covers from Zanzibar, a fountain from Morocco and a Japanese Octopus jungle gym. This place has something for everyone.

Mount Mitte – Berlin, Germany

Ideal for those who love climbing, Mount Mitte located in the heart of Berlin, is a gigantic high ropes course containing three different levels, six different courses, ninety different obstacles, and amazing views of the city provided you don’t suffer from vertigo. If climbing is not your thing you could play a game of beach volleyball, or enjoy some tasty food and drink at the Hawaiian-themed beach Bar located nearby.

Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain, Duisberg, Germany

Designed by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, this elevated pathway has been likened to a rollercoaster without the cars. The 21 meter high sculpture walkway is positioned on top of a hill in Duisberg, offering amazing views of the surrounding area. Visitors can walk, run or climb the walkway by foot although at some point will be physically blocked by a closing loop. It’s open both day and night, lit up by LED lights and offers a truly unique experience for those lucky enough to visit it.

CITY MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, USA

The museum that covers over 600,000 square feet is a fantasyland for both adults and kids. It consists of largely repurposed architectural and industrial objects, where visitors are encouraged to touch, climb and play on the various exhibits. It contains a ten-story slide, manmade caves, a Ferris wheel and two airplanes. On weekend nights it’s open to adults only and has a vibey bar for those that want to take the edge off.

JEJU LOVE LAND, SOUTH KOREA

Okay, so this place contains something a little closer to the ‘other’ type of adult playground you might still be thinking of. Described as an erotic theme park, it was opened in 2004 with the idea of breaking the traditional taboos surrounding sex by celebrating the natural beauty of sexuality. The park contains 140 sculptures depicting various sexual positions as well as erotic video installations and other artworks. Popular for honeymoon couples, this place is strictly for adult’s folks.

So go on then, embrace you inner-child and find an adult playground near you, to de-stress, socialize, get some exercise, and celebrate being forever young.