First Sentence: Nobody drank as much coffee as 19th-century novelist Honore de Balzac.
In his book, the author had identified eighteen historical figures who he believes displayed exceptional productivity in their lives. Each individual accomplished significantly more in their lives than would seem possible.
The author has divided the group into four categories: Scientists and Inventors, Writers and Artists, Statesmen, and Philosophers and Theologians.
For each figure, the author provides an essay which includes a brief biography. The author then describes each person's work habits and how those habits lead them into being so prolific.
As I read, I discovered some of the habits that seemed to be common among all of the individuals:
- Stay focused on the important things.
- Ignore the unimportant things.
- Use your time wisely.
- Read a lot.
- Delegate when possible.
I did learn a few things so, that's good.