The Unusual Habits Top CEOs Say Help Them Succeed

We all like to believe the CEOs behind wildly successful companies such as Google or Apple are human just like us. But although these people put their pants on one leg at a time (or do they?), the sheer magnitude of knowledge they need to keep organized inside their heads is something very few of us are cut out to do. It’s no wonder, then, that these major players have their own unique — and sometimes bizarre — habits to keep their minds on the stuff that really matters.

1. Warren Buffet

How does Buffet, the world's fourth-richest man, clear his mind after a chaotic day at the office? He plants himself in an armchair in his home and strums away at his ukulele. Rock on, Mr. Buffet.

2. Sandy Lerner

You might think the co-founder of Cisco Systems wants to escape the intensity of her job with a calm activity when she's not working. But nope. She has a passion for jousting, and her stress melts away with every target she strikes!

1. Richard Branson

Everyone needs a good laugh from time to time, and Virgin Atlantic CEO Branson keeps motivated by pulling off elaborate pranks. Once, he dressed up as a stewardess and shocked everyone aboard one of his planes.

4. Shigeru Miyamoto

The Nintendo executive behind classic video games such as Super Mario Bros. has a fascination for measuring everything. He carries a tape measure with him everywhere and loves guessing the dimensions of literally everything around him.