Are Early Mornings Related to Success?

August 7, 2013  |  

Would it be fair to say that most people would like to attain some type of success in their lives?  I honestly believe that.  Most people probably don’t want to be average.  Even if there’s one thing you’re passionate about, it could be that one thing you use to gain some success.  So, if you’re trying to figure out a good way to become successful, you might try to look at the daily lives of successful celebrities and historical figures and try to emulate what they have done.  Which, I’m not mad at you if you do.  It’s actually a very smart thing to do; to try to learn from the examples of others.

So, when I came across an article on The Huffington Post, it sparked something in me.  The article was titled: “The One Thing These Crazy Successful People Do Every Morning,” and it mentioned that for some, waking up early every morning can be seen as a contributor to their success.

As the article pointed out, the advantages of early risers is that they’re more “proactive,… sleep better, and feel happier.”  This is a great thing for morning people, but if you’re not a morning person, then what does this all mean for you?  Do you believe that you have to wake up earlier to be more successful?

There is a quote that is attributed to Woody Allen that says:  “80% of success is showing up.”  However, if you spend 100% of that time that you showed up not doing anything then you just wasted an early morning.

I can personally attest to this when I was in college.  I’m naturally an early rising person, usually waking up at 5:30 in the morning.  So when I decided that I’d wake up at around 4, go to the gym, study while on the machines, and get a good start on my day, it seemed like a good idea.  But when my alarm first went off, I spent a good amount of time just sitting in my bed, rubbing my eyes, waiting to really wake up before “starting my day.”  Before I knew it, an entire hour (sometimes two) would have passed and I was rushing to get ready.  Completely negating the whole reason for wanting to wake up early in the first place.  Nothing got done.

Even the article addressed that not all successful people tend to wake up early, and some are even nap-lovers (which makes me love them even more).  The most important thing that I personally took from the article is that it’s not what time you wake up, but what you do with that time that’s beneficial.  Waking up is only half the battle.  If you’re only going to piss that time away, then you would have been better off sleeping that extra hour.

So if you wake up early in the morning, make sure you have a purpose for it; not just because your favorite successful person is doing it.  Utilize that time wisely, instead of only reveling in the commonality of you being up early in the morning with other successful people.  Make sure that whatever time you decide to get to work, that you make every second of it count, because that’s how truly successful people get ahead.

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