If you’re not a morning person, rising with the sun, let alone before it, sounds like a manifested hell. For the man who has alarms to the tune of double figures to ensure he’s not late for work, the thought of getting up at 5am is perhaps unimaginable, although it could be the key to a more successful life, as proven by these industry leaders.
In an article in 2014, the Virgin founder and Britain’s best loved billionaire wrote:
“I have always been an early riser. Like keeping a positive outlook, or keeping fit, waking up early is a habit, which you must work on to maintain. Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.”
“Founding a business comes with a lot of responsibility, and one of the most important things I can be is accessible. Getting up and at it early gives me time to get on top of things, and chart my day effectively”
The former president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America and now CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital advisor for women, goes one better than 5am and advocates the 4am start.
Writing in a post on LinkedIn, she said:
“For me, the most precious commodity in business is time. And I find I am most productive when I balance time that I spend with others with blocks of time during which I can think, write and —my favourite — build earnings models.”
“I am never more productive than at 4 am. I brew a cup of coffee, I keep the lights pretty low, I sometimes light a fire in the fireplace, and I let my daughter’s cat sleep next to my computer. My mind is clear, not yet caught up in the multiple internal conversations that we all conduct with ourselves once we gear up for our first meeting of the day… It is at this time of day that I often have a rush of ideas (some of them actually good).”
The Apple CEO has a famous work ethic, priding himself on being the first and last out of the office even before he rose to the top of the corporate food chain. He’s up at 4:30am everyday to get emails out and exercise before his underlings begin to cloud his mind and time with a plethora of tasks.
The cofounder of both Twitter and Square, and CEO of both too, works a near 18 hour day, his time devoted to his, now publicly traded, companies. That doesn’t leave too much time for anything else, however.
To accommodate this, Dorsey rises at 5am to “meditate for 30[mins], 7-minute workout times 3, make coffee, check in. I sleep from 11 to 5 am usually. Blackout shades help,” as he said in a question and answer session.
Getting up early for his exercises allows Dorsey to start a day with a fresh mind and healthy body, priming him to tackle the myriad of challenges that will cause him headaches across any given day.