What a load of superficial claptrap.
Ever seen images of Einstein’s desk and office?
Shoes? The most intelligent people give little thought to their shoes because their minds are on more important things.
Whom you spend time with? Hmm. Seems to me the most caring and compassionate people spend most of their time around those less fortunate. Medical professionals spend most of our time around sick people every single day.
Take notes? I’ve known many people with photographic memories.
Every bit of this seems like things to make the author feel better about themselves. In the end, it is all empty, devoid of meaning.