Why Billionaires Get Up Early: 6 Habits Driving Their Success

Why Billionaires Get Up Early: 6 Habits Driving Their Success

News by Rizelle LeanoRizelle Leano
Published: August 28, 2023

If you aspire to achieve peak success in business, examining the morning routines of billionaires can provide invaluable insights.

With their discipline and razor-sharp focus, these industry titans underscore the importance of starting one's day on the right foot.  

The early hours of the day serve as a crucial foundation for those who have achieved billionaire status, as the decisions and routines established in the morning often drive success.  

For the driven business professional looking to grow their business and emulate the world's most successful people, here's a deep dive into the morning habits of billionaires.

1. Start Your Day Early

The wee hours hold a unique allure for the world's top businessmen, with a majority of them starting their day at 7 a.m. or earlier.  

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz usually begin their day at 3:45 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., respectively, seizing the tranquility of the early hours.

Amazon reigns supreme in the world of eCommerce, and Jeff Bezos, the force behind this success, sets his day in motion at 6:30 a.m.  

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson also firmly believes in the power of an early start as he rises at 5 a.m. “Over my 50 years in business, I have learned that if I rise early, I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life,” he often said.

Beyond just rising early, the importance of healthy sleep can't be stressed enough. Bezos, for instance, ensures he gets a good eight hours of sleep.

2. Exercise Regularly

Billionaires recognize that a sharp mind requires a fit body. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates cleverly multitasks by watching DVDs during his morning treadmill sessions.

At the same time, Virgin’s Richard Branson also dives early into physical activity, whether it's tennis, biking, running, or kitesurfing.  

Meta is at the forefront of the digital revolution, with its steady growth and the recent successful launch of social media platform Threads.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg includes workouts as part of his morning routine and stresses the importance of fitness.

“Staying in shape is very important. Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit," he loves to say. He often goes for runs with his dog or on his own.

3. Meditate & Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness and meditation, once seen as esoteric practices, have found their way into the daily routines of numerous billionaires.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey commits 20 minutes of her morning to meditation and maintains a gratitude journal, while Apple's Tim Cook also integrates meditation and reflection into his morning routine. 

Once a skeptic, Bill Gates has also embraced the art of meditation, dedicating at least 10 minutes to it two to three times a week.

“For me, it has nothing to do with faith or mysticism. It’s about taking a few minutes out of my day, learning how to pay attention to the thoughts in my head, and gaining a little bit of distance from them,” he says.

4. Spend Time with Family

For many billionaires, mornings aren't just about personal and professional development. They're also about spending quality time with family.

Starbucks founder Howard Schultz often enjoys bike rides with his wife before diving into his workday.  

Similarly, Richard Branson emphasizes the significance of family time. "Exercise and family time put me in a great mind frame before getting down to business," he argues. He makes it a point to have breakfast with his family.  

Such moments help ground them, offering perspective and fostering emotional stability and resilience.

5. Read Daily

The habit of reading daily is a shared trait among highly successful individuals.

Oprah Winfrey often turns to inspirational books, while Jeff Bezos delves into personal development and fiction.

Bill Gates not only consumes hard news from publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist but also reads an average of five books per week.  

Business magnate Warren Buffet invested five to six hours each day reading throughout his life. "That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it," he asserts.

6. Plan Your Day

A billionaire's day is rarely left to chance, as planning the day ensures you remain proactive rather than reactive.

Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk take a similar approach to their day, segmenting their activities into five-minute blocks to optimize their productivity.  

Jeff Bezos approaches his days with intention and purpose, ensuring each day has clearly defined goals.

"If I make, like, three good decisions a day, that's enough," he stresses. The precision with which these figures plan their day underscores the adage - failing to plan is planning to fail. 

The path to success, as demonstrated by these billionaires, is paved with deliberate and consistent morning habits.

While the specifics may vary, the underlying themes remain constant: prioritize health, nurture the mind, value relationships, and plan with precision.

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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