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Benjamin. I like a lot of your articles. This one is too absolute. It is simply not true that all people who have been successful work between 5–7am. Your other posts feel like they offer principles that are useful for people to think about applying. For people who like early mornings, great, but many don’t and they can be equally as successful if as another commentator says above, they use the hours they have well.

For example, there was a super helpful point made (I think by you in a previous post) which essentially said “don’t think that people who get up early all feel amazing and bright at 5am, don’t think they do it because it is incredibly easy for them because it probably isn’t. It is as hard for them as it is for you. The difference is they do it and find ways through the tiredness, the discomfort etc. The gains of doing this outweigh the pains and they recognize that.” (again, note, this is my recollection, not the actual words written and my stream of consciousness is not as eloquent as the original).

What is helpful about this point is that it’s hard work to do world class work. There is no return without investment. Examples of people who have accelerated success but work late at night and so forfeit most opportunities to socialize with friends and family for example, or people who work well between 10–2pm and therefore make the trade-off of not eating lunch at lunch time or whatever it is. That would be a complete picture.

I am interested to hear your story and how early mornings clearly helped you accelerate your progress and also to read the comments of others who experience similar benefits. It is demotivating however to tell people who would rather do it in a different way to that the only route to success is getting up at 5am. Clearly your intention is not to demotivate anyone.

Best.

k.