Are you an early bird or a night owl? Research has shown that
some of us are hardwired to work better in the mornings, while others
do their best thinking late at night.
If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?
Steve Jobs' morning mantra
Whether you get up early or late, you probably have your own little
rituals. Some people need coffee before you they get out of bed, while
others prefer to go to an exercise class before they eat any breakfast.
But what if you’re not doing mornings right? The website
sleepypeople.com has collected information from the world’s most
successful people to find out if there is a secret to jumpstarting your
Obama reportedly keeps a strict morning workout routine of weights and cardio Getty
Co-founder of Apple
Net worth: $11 billion upon death in 2011
Notable moments: launching the iPod and iTunes and revolutionising the music industry
Morning routine: Every morning, Jobs would look in the mirror and ask
himself, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with
what I’m about to do today?” If he responded ‘no’ too many days in a
row, he knew something needed to change.
Co-founder of Facebook
Net worth: $35.7 billion in 2015
Notable moments: Turning Facebook into the world’s most popular social network
Morning routine: Zuckerberg is well known for dressing the same way
each day as he once claimed it gives him “one less decision to make”. He
also starts the day on very little sleep, often staying up chatting
with programmers until 6am.
Former British Prime Minister
Net worth: unknown
Notable moments: Leading Britain to victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.
Morning routine: Churchill famously got up at 7.30am but remain in
bed until 11am eating breakfast, reading the newspaper and dictating to
President of the USA
Net worth: $6.9 million in 2015
Notable moments: Winning 69.5 million votes in the 2008 presidential election, the highest amount ever won by a candidate.
Morning routine: Obama keeps a strict morning workout routine of
weights and cardio at 6.45am, before eating breakfast with his family
and helping to pack his daughters off to school.
Co-founder of Microsoft
$79.2 billion in 2015
Notable moments: Playing a key role in the rollout of PC’s across the
globe with Microsoft’s Windows operating system and building the
business to be one of the world’s leading software companies.
Morning routine: Gates is known as an advocate of good health and
spends an hour on the treadmill, watching courses from the Teaching
Company while doing so.
UK Prime Minister
Net worth: £3.2 million
Notable achievements: winning the 2015 General Election to beat Labour and come out of the coalition government.
Morning routine: Cameron has revealed that he and his family have a
no TV rule in the mornings as he believes his children should be doing
something. When out on the road, Cameron spends time reading newspapers
and catching up on daily news, but when he is at home he spends the
morning with his family.
CEO of Amazon
Net worth: $46.7 billion in 2015
Notable moments: Seeing an opportunity in the dot com boom and turning Amazon into a household name.
Morning routine: Bezos has said he hates early morning meetings. He
prefers to stay home and have a healthy breakfast with his family.
CEO of Starbucks
Net worth: $2.9 billion in 2015
Notable moments: Growing a small Seattle coffee shop into one of the world’s biggest and most successful brands.
Morning routine: Schultz revealed his early morning routine to
Bloomberg Businessweek. “I get up at 4.30am every morning to walk my
three dogs and work out,” Schultz said. “Around 5.45am I make coffee for
myself and my wife using an 8-cup Bodum French press.”