I’ve always wondered if successful entrepreneurs know something the rest of us don’t. Is there a reason why they get up at 5 am when the rest of us hit snooze? Is their morning routine (and lifestyle in general) directly related to their success?
Short answer: yes. Their determination and desire to get up and do things differently does have an impact on their success. Everything from their morning routine to the end of day meal helps them get ahead.
So if you want to get up and go get ’em in the morning, here are a few things that all successful entrepreneurs are sure to do.
Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss, spend 20 minutes in the morning meditating. She practices Vedic meditation with incense before she scrolls Instagram and email and gets stuff done. She’s not alone, Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington often wax lyrical about the amazing changes to their lives that meditation has had.
Spend the morning getting yourself into the zone by eliminating distractions and focusing on being in the morning. This will help you think strategically and actually get ahead of everything you need to do.
2. Reviewing goals
Richard Branson and Bill Gates both review their goals in the morning before going hard during the day. If you want to take control of everything you have to achieve, you should create a to-do list that directs you to the most important thing you need to do. The most important thing is usually the hardest thing. Review your goals for the day (or week) and make sure that they make sense, can be completed, and that you have enough time for everything else that will get in your way and distract you.
3. Read more books
Great leaders read. Warren Buffett is a famous reader, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey all read more than the average person. They read a variety of books, fiction, and non-fiction, to get different perspectives on life and to help them switch off from their busy lives (and careers).
Grab a book and read it during your morning commute. Look at the best-sellers list rather than what you’d usually grab, and try to read at least two books a month.
Ok, you know that Anna Wintour works out every day, but she’s not exactly an entrepreneur. She is, however, such a game-changer within her field that Vogue could be considered her baby. She’s solely defined by her work, and she’s built that reputation for herself by defining herself on her own terms outside of work – meaning, spending time working out on the weekends. It’s not just Anna though, scroll your way through any successful founder’s Instagram, and you’ll find that they love a morning workout. It helps to clear your head and makes you feel strong, powerful, and capable of anything.
5. Make time for people you love
A morning breakfast ritual is a perfect way to start the day. Catching up with the people you love (and not your mobile phone) makes all the difference. Diane Von Furstenberg, the founder of DVF, is a great example of someone who knows the importance of spending time with people she loves. She’s even bringing her granddaughter into her business to keep it into the family. Spend time with the people you love in the morning, make time for them, strengthen your relationships, and you’ll see your success grow.
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