This very interesting and certainly well-written, but I think I disagree with the notion behind it.
If waking up at 4am serves as a vow to yourself to lead with passion, that is wonderful. I admire your ambition and if that sleep schedule works for you, fantastic.
However, the rest of this article is completely centered around others. While the message you send to other people, especially as a leader, holds plenty of value, I am willing to bet your employees don’t care what time you wake up. They just care about working in an environment where they feel valued.
And while a large portion of the 4am wake up time seems to be driven by a desire to get ahead of the competition- your competitors don’t care what time you wake up either. Mostly because while you’re scheming very specific ways to get ahead of them- they are scheming very specific ways to get ahead of you. Maybe it’s working through the night until the time you’re getting out of bed.
I don’t want this to be misconstrued for hating on waking up early. My 5am wake up time works splendidly for me. However, I don’t do it for anyone else but myself- and you waking up at 4am doesn’t make me want to get up any earlier.
With all this being said, I would love for someone to disagree with what I’m writing! I might disagree, but this was ultimately an interesting read, and I would love to hear other perspectives!