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It’s No Secret. Here is the Simple Reason I Get Up Early

It’s not for everyone, and it is not a secret formula or sauce…

A Simple Leadership Lesson

Alexa wakes me up every morning at 5 AM.

Alec Baldwin’s voice says, “Wake up, sunshine. Let me tell you something, I’ve been up since the crack of dawn! If the early bird gets the worm you know what Alec Baldwin gets? The early bird!” It’s quite annoying, but it does the trick. Perhaps, eventually I will switch to a gentler voice.

Maybe Lauren Bacall, or Emily Blunt or even Debra Winger…

BTW, I’ve never eaten a worm. I can’t say I would savor the experience — taste or texture — but you never know.


Google the term “Early Rising” and you will see many articles, and even some studies indicating that successful people, Leaders and Entrepreneurs, arise early in general. For many reasons. I’m not going to get into all of them here.

I will say that one of the most obvious reasons is because time is precious. Everybody, successful or not, Leader or Follower, has just 24 hours in a day. 1440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. No more, no less.

So it makes sense to make an effort to maximize that limited resource. Optimize it. Make sure you are spending it on worthwhile things. High value. Important. Major things.

In my opinion, as a Leader, the use of time, personal as well as organizational, is one of the most critical of the many success factors.

So — given that you are getting enough rest and sleep to maintain yourself in a healthy state, getting up early might make sense for you. But if it doesn’t, that’s OK too. Some of us are just not morning people.

I’m not really a morning person. I’m not one of these people that can sleep until noon either. And I don’t take naps. But I decided to change my schedule to accommodate and facilitate what I found to be the most simple reasons for starting my day as early as possible.

My Simple Reason

This may be obvious to you. To me, it’s about the solitude. The quiet. The uninterrupted time to just think. Self reflect. Ponder. Deliberate and contemplate. Just plain old THINK.

I leave the house about 5:40 AM. I’m in the office right at 6:00 AM. I’m the first one in. But it’s not a competition! That’s not at all the point.

The office is in the same state it was in when the cleaning crew left the night before. The lights are still off. Not a soul around.

At this hour the floor is as quiet as a place can be. It will be at least another hour or more, before another person walks in the door.

What is the very first thing I do right after plunking myself down in the chair, before I do anything else?

I open my favorite iPhone meditation App, CALM, and I follow Tamara Levitt as she guides me through a 10 minute meditation. It sets the stage for the rest of my day.

And I’m off. Refreshed, renewed, relaxed, restored, revitalized, reinvigorated and raring to go…

I’m crystal clear and focused.

It is a routine that works well for me. I recognize that it might not work for you at all. We all have to design the specific life formula that works.

The simplicity of it all, and the most basic fact is that I just love the privacy. The silence. Serenity. Stillness. The peace.

There is an inherent magic in the delicious and undisturbed tranquility of that stretch of time when I am by myself, focusing on my breathing, totally in the moment. Completely mindful…

The simple reason I arise early is just that. No more, no less.

Everything else is Serendipity…

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