Success: 5 ways successful people start their day
“If you win the morning, you win the day”, or so the saying goes. Ever wondered if the success of the Bransons and Zuckerbergs of this world may be more of a practice rather than a serendipitous streak of luck and privilege? Dig deeper, and nearly all of the super successful people across various industries have established strict morning routines to help them maximise their energy and productivity throughout the day. So, what are they and how can we channel our inner Bill Gates and get the most out of our mornings?
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
This may sound a little ‘page one’ but Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon places a lot of emphasis on getting a good night’s sleep. In 1999 he told the Wall Street Journal that he feels “so much better all day long if I’ve had eight hours.” He also makes sure that he has a sleeping bag in the office so he can get enough sleep. So take it from Bezos and don’t scrimp on your shut eye!
Wake up earlier
Get a head start on everyone else – go to bed early and set your alarm for an hour earlier in the morning. The famous missionary Jim Elliot was once asked how he got so much done before noon. He said the secret was getting up at 5am. The person asking said, “How in the world do you get up at 5am?” Elliot said that he goes to bed at 10pm. The questioner came back and said, “I could never fall asleep by 10pm.” Elliot is reported to have responded, “Get up at 5am a few days in a row, and you’ll learn how.”
An early start is pretty much the common denominator for most successful people’s routines. Oprah Winfrey, Tory Burch, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all rise at 5am whilst Virgin Group
founder Richard Branson leaves his curtains open so he can wake up to the sunrise at approximately 5:45 am every day. Once he’s up, Branson then goes kite surfing. Which. Is. Nice. For. Some.
Exercise your Mind
The late Steve Jobs – he of black turtlenecks and Apple fame, would do one simple thing every morning to ensure that he got the best out of himself. After waking up, Jobs would go to the mirror, look at himself and ask: “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?” If Jobs found himself saying no to this question too often, he said he knew that something needed to change. Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington take 30 minutes to meditate first thing in the morning. Although this may not quite fit in around our hectic mornings, even a couple minutes of positive thinking in the shower can put you in a great frame of mind for the day ahead.
Exercise your Body
Bill Gates starts his day with an hour long treadmill session whilst watching educational videos. Barak Obama would be in the White House gym at 6.45 without fail and Alan, sorry LORD Sugar bicycles for 50 miles around the Essex countryside. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and worth $2.3 billion says that only way to start the morning is “to be very disciplined and very practised”, so when your motivation to go to the early session at the gym is wavering, Be More Dorsey and get it done!
Now, obviously, we at FUEL10K believe that every successful morning should start with a good breakfast. Eating a protein filled breakfast in the morning not only sets your body up for the day but also improves alertness and fills you up till lunchtime. But we are not alone! Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Barak Obama all make an extra effort in the morning to take time over their breakfast, making sure they get a balanced, protein focussed start to their day. Winston Churchill however, wins the Champion Breakfasteer Award. He would wake at 7.30 and have not one but TWO breakfast trays brought to him in bed, where he would stay until 11 am. Sounds pretty good to us!