10 Morning Rituals of Successful Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

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Last Modified 27 April 2021 First Added 26 February 2015

By Brett Janes

The ambitious among us may have asked this question before – trying to find similarities between us and them. But what are those differences?

If you’re the type who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, you may find that is the biggest advantage these entrepreneurs have over us ‘everyday humans’. They rise early and make the day catch up with them – not the other way round.

Related: How to Get Out of Bed in the Morning When You Don’t Want To

How do the world’s most successful people start the day?

Find out their other advantages in the infographic below, and be sure to remind all the late-risers you know what they’re missing out on.

It’s time to sleep your way to the top. – Arianna Huffington 

10 Morning Rituals of Successful Entrepreneurs, an infographic from The Sleep Matters Club.

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10 morning rituals of successful entrepreneurs

How do the world’s most successful people start the day? Get to the top of your game by learning about the morning rituals of these inspirational entrepreneurs.

1. Mark Zuckerberg – Creator of Facebook

Worth £22.3bn

“I am not a cool person, and I’ve never really tried to be cool.”

Morning ritual: Rises at 8am, when he hasn’t been working all night. Wears the same T-shirt
every day to avoid wasting time deciding what to wear.

2. Richard Branson – Founder of the Virgin Group

Worth £3.2bn

“I leave the curtains undrawn and the sun comes up at 5.45am and straight in my eyes. I love bouncing up early.”

Morning ritual: Swims around his island or goes kite surfing if it’s windy, then plays tennis before sitting down for a healthy breakfast.

3. Jack Dorsey – Co-founder of Twitter and Square

Worth £1.5bn

“Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected.”

Morning ritual: Wakes up at 5.30am to meditate, followed by a 6-mile jog.

4. Lord Alan Sugar – Host of The Apprentice and business mogul

Worth £900m

“Don’t tell me you’re just like me. You’re not like me. I’m unique.”

Morning ritual: When not on his way to The Apprentice boardroom at 5am, he hops on his bike for a 50-mile ride through the Essex countryside.

5. Tory Burch – Fashion designer of the famous Reva ballet flat and CEO of Tory Burch LLC

Worth £726m

“If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”

Morning ritual: Wakes up at 5.45am, immediately checks her work emails, gets her 3 boys out of bed and takes 45 minutes’ exercise – such as a quick walk.

6. Peter Jones – Investor on Dragon’s Den

Worth £475m

“I had decided I was going to be a millionaire by the time I was a teenager.”

Morning ritual: A shower, shave and a bowl of cereal, all within 20 minutes, before grabbing a cappuccino and checking sales figures on his way to work.

7. Tim Armstrong – Chairman and CEO of AOL

Worth £265m

“I would start sending emails when I got up. But not everyone is on my time schedule, so I have tried to wait until 7am.”

Morning ritual: Gets up at 5am to fit in some reading and a workout before testing products and firing off work emails.

8. Simon Cowell – The X Factor creator and judge

Worth £211m

“I love to wake up in a good mood and look forward to what’s coming.”

Morning ritual: Resets the snooze button twice, before being served a breakfast of hot water with lemon, papaya juice with lime, oatmeal, tea and 3 smoothies.

9. Arianna Huffington – Founder of the Huffington Post

Worth £23m

“It’s time to sleep your way to the top.”

Morning ritual: Gets lots of beauty sleep and starts every morning with 30 minutes of meditation. She’s so convinced of the benefits she offers weekly classes to her employees.

10. Indra Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo

Worth £12m

“They say sleep is a gift that God gives you … that’s one gift I was never given.”

Morning ritual: Wakes up as early as 4am and is in the office no later than 7am.

Get up early, get active and seize the day – success waits for no one.


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