We all know that Einstein, Edison, and Beethoven changed the world, but you’d be surprised at all the other things they have in common.

From reading voraciously to thinking about how they think, these amazing figures in history had strikingly similar habits that helped them along the way (and a few that dragged them down). For example, did you know that the world’s smartest people share more goals with their friends—but are also more likely to have chronic anxiety?

Read the infographic below to see the other habits they share and that you can adopt to boost your own brilliance. (Just, you know, remember that they’re not all good ones.)


Infographic courtesy of Entrepreneur. Photo of woman with a book courtesy of Shutterstock.