I won’t lie: Even though I’ve read (too) many “ultimate” guides on becoming a morning person, I’m still a night owl. Still, it never ceases to amaze me that some human beings are physically capable of starting their days at 5 AM.
This list below shows that it’s not just any ordinary human who’s up and running at 5 AM—it’s the super-successful. Think Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma, and the like. Whether you’re already an early riser or, like me, still clinging to that dream of happily starting your days at 7 AM, check out the morning rituals of these inspiring entrepreneurs and CEOs. Oh, and feel free to steal a few of their tricks.
Jack Ma- Founder, Alibaba Group
Gets up early around 6 to 7 am and tries to utilize every single second by enjoying it. Then he does work for half an hour and after that spends time with his family.
I always tell myself that we are born here not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it.– Jack Ma
Richard Branson– Founder, Virgin Group
Wakes up at 5 a.m. He likes to leave his curtains undrawn so he wakes up each morning with the sunrise. Once he wakes up, he’ll swim around his island or do some sort of physical activity. Also, he plays tennis before sitting down for a healthy breakfast.
No matter where I am in the world, I try to routinely wake up at around 5am. By rising early, I’m able to do some exercise and spend time with my family, which puts me in a great mind frame before getting down to business. –Richard Branson
Ratan Tata– Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons
Routinely, Ratan Tata attends the meetings of various companies of TATA Sons starting from 6 am, and on the weekends he either drives his cars or his own Falcon private jet early in the morning.
Jack Dorsey- Co-founder, Twitter and Square
Jack Dorsey put’s his shoulder to the wheel at 5.30 am. He meditates and then jogs for five miles.
Steve Jobs- Co-founder, Apple Inc.
He spent his morning re-evaluating his work and desires. Jobs always wanted to make sure he was using his days to the best of his ability.
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do?” – Steve Jobs
Mukesh Ambani- Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited
Mukesh Ambani wakes up between 5 and 5.30 am every morning. He works out in the gym located on the second floor of Antilia. This also includes swimming followed by reading a couple of newspapers.
Warren Buffett- American business magnate, Investor
Gets up by 6.45 am and then reads six newspapers. He otherwise does not have any fixed schedule and spends 80% of his time reading.
Jeff Bezos- Founder, Amazon
He usually starts his day between 7 am and 8 am. Before he going into the office he goes on his treadmill while reading the newspaper.
Bill Gates- Co-founder, Microsoft
Bill Gates takes out at least one hour for exercise. During which he works on treadmill and cardio. For this, he follows the instruction video of teaching company.
Mark Zuckerberg- Co-Founder, Facebook
He starts his day by dressing the same way each morning. Mark realizes that this is one less decision he has to make throughout his day. He intends to be as productive as possible.
I am not a cool person , and I’ve never really tried to be cool. – Mark Zuckerberg
“If you win the morning, you win the day.”
What does your morning look like? Let us know in the comments!