10 Self Made Millionaires Share Their Morning Rituals
Millionaires and billionaires have something other than being uber rich in common. They also have similar morning routines.
Have you ever wondered why some people are so successful and you’re not? Is it just random luck, are they smarter than you or do they have more money to invest than you? While perhaps some of this is true, we should also look at other reasons why people are so successful.
I think one of the reasons why some find success is a positive mindset. I know it takes a lot more than just the right attitude, but it’s a great start.
Speaking of starts, I always wondered what successful people do first thing in the morning. I mean, do they work late and thus wake up late? Do they sleep less to work more? Do they eat breakfast or skip it?
There’s a lot of life choices we can make in the early morning hours that can shape our entire day. It’s possible that if we make these changes we too can find that success that so eludes us.
Just what does the right morning routine have? Well, in the morning, your routine should maximize your energy for the day, help improve your productivity later and should give your mind a boost of creativity all day long.
So just what do the most successful people do to start their day? That’s the topic I’m going to dive into today. Here now are the carefully crafted morning routines of millionaires.
Steve Jobs was a minimalist who chose not to spend (or waste) time on meaningless things. His minimalism was evident not just in his Apple product designs, but in the way he ran his business down to even the clothes he wore.
In the mornings, he would ask himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And if he answered “No” too frequently, he knew there needed to be a change in his life.
The CEO of the wildly successful investment firm Berkshire Hathaway has a daily routine that anyone would envy. He is an avid reader and advocates reading 500 pages per day.
He lives very modestly and doesn’t waste time on social media. It seems like he tries to take advantage of his time by improving himself, which is a common theme of millionaires (and billionaires).
What does the founder of the Virgin Group do every morning? This one is interesting. Richard leaves the curtains open at night, so that when he sun comes up, it hits him right in the eyes. He rises at 5:45 AM with the bright light because, according to Richard, he loves “bouncing up early”.
His mornings also consist of swimming or kite surfing before eating a healthy breakfast.
The CEO of Twitter has a simple morning routine he sticks with. He gets up every morning at 5:30 AM to meditate. That’s right, he starts off his day with meditation. After he clears his mind, he goes for a run and runs several miles every morning.
If this sounds like a daunting task, to run for a few miles every morning, then maybe you don’t have what it takes to be successful. You have to be very practiced and very disciplined to pull off this morning routine.
What does the CEO of Yahoo! do every morning? Well, it starts with sleeping only 4 to 6 hours a night. That sounds a bit on the low side, but every person is different.
Marissa likes to maximize her productivity by utilizing the 130 possible working hours available to her in the week. It’s the passion that she has for her job that motivates her to stick to such a tough sleep schedule.
The founder and CEO of Amazon is worth a whopping 46.7 billion dollars. So what’s his morning routine? Well it starts with a good nights’ rest. He sleeps 8 hours a day. You see, sleep if very important to him, so important that he has a sleeping bag in his office for those late nights.
Meetings are inevitable in the business world, but he tries not to schedule any meetings in the mornings and schedules no meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Even though he’s busy running multiple companies, he still finds time to exercise once or twice daily.
As you might expect, Oprah Winfrey makes use of all her morning time. It starts with some meditation, followed by hitting the treadmill for a workout. Then she has a healthy meal afterwards.
Then it’s off to work early in the morning. But she doesn’t waste time once there. Oprah was known to record two shows in the morning. At that rate, she’d have the afternoon/evening’s off and some extra days during the week.
The founder of Facebook knows that at his job, he is faced with making many decisions. So his mornings are as simple as can be. He doesn’t have to make decisions because he adheres to a simple repetitive routine.
Mark rises every morning at 8 AM (that is unless he’s pulled off an all-nighter at the office). He is also known to wear the same t-shirt every day to avoid making any extra decisions.
The ex CEO of Microsoft is one of the richest men in the world, with a net worth of around 79 billion dollars.
His mornings start with a one hour workout on the treadmill. While on the treadmill he doesn’t listen to music or watch the news. Instead, he takes advantage of this time to educate himself. He watches educational videos from The Great Courses to learn something new every day.