Truly successful people are fully aware that there’s more to life than work, and paradoxically, that’s what makes them so successful. Everyone needs some downtime and making the best of your free time can truly be an art form. That’s why choosing one’s hobbies should as rewarding as it is enjoyable.
Playing an instrument, for instance, or reading, can help stimulate our creativity, as well as our critical thinking and our analytical skills. If you’re wondering what hobby to pick up next, Business Insider put together a list of hobbies of highly successful people that might serve as a inspiration. We selected five of these hobbies:
1. Bill Gates plays bridge
As Gates himself tells Reddit, he is an “avid bridge player”, a board game he considers old-fashioned. He also likes to go on interesting tours and to read and watch online courses. According to Bridgebum, Gates learned bridge from his parents but really got addicted once he met Warren Buffet.
2. Tom Hanks collects typewriters
The famous actor and filmmaker picked up this odd habit back in 1978 and has been collecting vintage typewriters ever since, reports BI. “Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece”, he wrote for the NY Times.
3. George W. Bush paints
The former U.S. president has long been known to be a terrific painter. He first took up painting after leaving office back in 2009, and has since painted more than 50 puppies, numerous landscapes, and at least 30 world leaders, according to BI.
4. Warren Buffet plays the ukulele
Although considered a rather odd hobby, Buffet’s passion for ukulele spans decades. He makes good use of his musical talents, by giving charity performances and donating instruments.
5. Angelina Jolie collects weapons
Back in 2008, Jolie told W magazine that it was her mother who first introduced her to daggers, and that now she’s passing the hobby on to her son Maddox. In an interview for Conan O’Brien, she further talked about her fondness for weapons, as something she had in common with the character she played in the 1998 film “Gia”.