21 Morning Routine of Successful People
by Ara Ohanian
Successful people have one thing in common, they appreciate their mornings. they often dedicate a lot of their success and focus to their morning routine. Everyone has their own ceremony in the mornings that motivate them. Here are the morning habits of 21 remarkably successful people.
It’s true what they say: The early bird really does catch the worm.
1- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
Gets up at 3:45 a.m. and works through his email until about 5:00 a.m., when he heads to the gym to work out. By 6:00 a.m., he’s on his way to the office.
2- Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water
Goldin wakes up at 5:30 on the dot every morning and heads directly to her inbox, which gives her a clear understanding of what the rest of the day will be like. After that, she embarks on a hike with her husband and dogs through the Marin hillside of California. While this may seem like a nonessential step in her morning routine, Goldin says it’s absolutely crucial.
3- Bill Gross, Co-founder of PIMCO
Gets up at 4:30 a.m. and then showers and gets dressed. He leaves for the office at 5:00 a.m. and starts work at 5:30 a.m.
4- Scott Adams, the creator of ‘Dilbert’
The first 20 minutes of Adams’ day are exactly the same, every day. Putting his physical body on autopilot “frees his brain for creativity.” Concentrating his creative hours in the morning makes sense for Adams. “My value is based on my best ideas in any given day, not the number of hours I work,” he says.
5- Padmasree Warrior, former CTO of Cisco
Gets up at 4:30 a.m. and then checks email and reads the news. He exercises for an hour starting at 6:00 a.m. and is in the office by 8:30 a.m.
6- John Paul DeJoria, Billionaire
DeJoria, the cofounder of Patrón tequila and Paul Mitchell hair products, starts every morning with five minutes of quiet reflection. “Doesn’t matter where I’m at, which home I’m in, or what hotel room I’m visiting,” he says. “The very second I wake up, I stay in bed for about five minutes and just be.” During those five minutes, he tries to be truly “present,” and is grateful for what he has. After that, the day begins: He examines his calendar for the day, checks in with his assistants, and makes any pressing phone calls. One thing he doesn’t do: Email. “I know, I’ve been told I’m a bit old school, but it all gets done just the way I need it to,” he says. “It allows me to focus on the most important things that need my attention.
7- Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL
Gets up at 5:00 a.m. and works out. He reads the news starting at 6:00 a.m., checks email at 7:00 a.m., and is in the office by 9:30 a.m.
8- Kevin O’Leary, ‘Shark Tank’ investor
Wakes up at 5:45 a.m. to check the Asian and European bond markets. “Good investors don’t stay in bed in North America with strings untied overseas, because if something happens in London or Tokyo while they’re sleeping, everything could change,” he says. After that, he works out for 45 minutes while catching up on some business TV: “Your health is one investment that is guaranteed to pay dividends!” Then he’s off to the office by the time the markets open at 9:30 a.m.
9- Brad Feld, venture capitalist
Gets up at 5:00 a.m., makes a cup of coffee, and feeds his dog. He reads the news and RSS feeds, checks his email starting at 5:30 a.m., exercises from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and begins work at 9:00 a.m.
10- Barack Obama, President of the united states
Taking care of physical fitness and family are two important elements of President Obama’s daily ritual. He starts his day with a workout at 6:45 a.m., reads several newspapers, has breakfast with his family, and then starts his work day just before 9:00 a.m. in the morning. He may work as late as 10:00 p.m. some evenings, but always stops to have dinner with his family each day.
11- Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO of Twitter
Gets up at 5:30 a.m., meditates, and then goes out for a six-mile run. He takes a bus to work at 7:30 a.m.
12- David Karp, Founder of Tumblr
At 25 years old, Karp is the founder and CEO of Tumblr, a growing microblogging platform that has reached over 26.9 million users. As demanding as his schedule is, Karp makes sure he doesn’t check his email until he gets in the office around 9:30 a.m. As quoted in Inc. Magazine, “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive. If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”
13- Franz Kafka, Author
Kafka started his day at his job at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Afterward he would lunch until 3:30 p.m., then sleep until 7:30 p.m.. Upon waking, he would do exercises and have dinner with his family. He began writing at 11:00 p.m. in the evening, usually working until 1:00 a.m. or 2:00 a.m. in the morning–sometimes later.
14- Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia
Gets up at 6:00 a.m. and reads the news and ESPN, and then checks Twitter and Instagram. He’s in the office by 9:00 a.m.
15- Steve Reinemund, former Chairman and CEO, Pepsi
According to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, the now business school dean does a four mile run at 5:00 a.m. every morning, followed by prayer, reading the news and breakfast with his teenage kids.
16- Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor
gets up at 6:00 a.m., meditates for half an hour, and then gets on the treadmill and plays Scrabble on her iPad. She’s in the studio taping her two shows by 8:00 a.m.
17- Michelle Gass, president of Starbucks
For over 15 years, the coffee queen has woken up each morning at 4:30 a.m. to go running. She believes her morning routine has helped boost her happiness and business success.
18- Steve Jobs, late Apple CEO
Jobs spent his mornings re-evaluating his work and desires. In his speech to a graduating class at Stanford, Jobs said, “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
19- Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue
The infamous fashion editor wakes up every day pre-dawn to get her adrenaline pumping. At 6:45 a.m., she’s already played an hour of tennis, then it’s off to have her hair styled into her signature bob. She’s in the office by 9:00 a.m.
20- Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
The internet entrepreneur founded the classified advertisement website that has grown to service over 50 countries since 1995. According to a Fast Company article, Newmark starts his day focusing on customer service and answering complaints, which he says anchors him to reality.
I’d love to hear about your routine, too. Feel free to share your morning schedule here in the comments.
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