David Pratt, author of “Nobel Laureates: The Secret of Their Success,”   there are lessons to be learned from how they pushed and challenged themselves. He says ways to emulate them include:

Passion for their work comes close to obsession. Pratt says it leads to a level of industry that’s extraordinary, a near-total immersion in their field of endeavor and a dedication that makes their work supremely fulfilling. That may be the true secret of their success.