Richard Branson cared enough about this topic to write a blog post dedicated to why he wakes up early. Besides Branson, many other incredibly successful people have this habit. They don’t talk about it unless asked but it is very much one of the most important parts of their daily routines. Here we compile a list of incredibly successful people who wake up early, gleaned from interviews and writings that may be publicly available.
She is the former President of Starbucks. For more than 15 years, she makes it a habit to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to go running. She may have a very tight schedule juggling all her business but she always makes it a point to always wake up early.
Daniel Akerson is the former CEO and Chairman of General Motors. He worked for the company from 2010-2014. He wakes up at around 4:30 in the morning to talk to his people handling General Motors Asia. He loves his job and the challenges it comes with it, but the downside of is it is giving him sleepless nights.
One of the incredibly successful people who wake up early is Ursula Burns, who is the Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox. It has been her routine to get up at 5:15 in the morning to correspond to her e-mails, stay in shape and religiously work until around midnight.
Jeff Immelt is the CEO and Chairman of General Electric. His daily morning routine includes waking up at 5:30 in the morning, do cardiovascular exercises, read the paper and watch the news. He renders very long hours every week for the past 24 years.
Everyone who works with him knows that he starts working at 4:30 in the morning (any later is considered sleeping in). As the CEO of Apple, he sends out emails and finishes it before he goes to the gym at 5 o’clock. He claims that he is the first to arrive in the office and the last one to leave.
He may have a lot on his plate right now as a CEO of Fiat and Chairman and CEO of Chrysler but he still never fails to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to deal with his companies all around the world. Many described him as a workaholic who treats even the weekends as working days.
A. G. Lafley
Alan George Lafley is the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Procter and Gamble. He wake up at 5 or 5:30 in the morning and be at his office at 6:30 before anyone else. He puts an emphasis on having a hearty breakfast meal.
She was the former and first female Chairwoman and CEO of Avon. Now, she currently works as the CEO and President of Grameen America. She makes it a habit to always wake up at 5 in the morning to hit the gym and prepare for work. She is at her office at 8 in the morning.
Anna Wintour is one of the famous and most incredibly successful people who wake up early. She is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988. This fashion icon starts her day by waking up at 5:45 in the morning to plat tennis for an hour. After that, she heads to work before 7 o’clock in the morning.
David Cush currently holds the CEO position in Virgin America. He wakes up at 4:15 in the morning to call and get updates on his business in the East Coast and send e-mails. Then, he reads the newspaper, listen to sports news and hit the gym.
Robert Allen Iger starts his day at 4:30 in the morning. He reads the newspaper, watch television, listen to music, reads and sends emails and exercise. He is the Chairman and CEO of Disney since 2005.
CEO of Honeywell, David Cote was named on multiple occasions as one of the best CEOs in corporate America, including by President Obama. Besides making products that consistently top best air purifier lists, Honeywell is also well known as a Fortune 100 company with influence across multiple industries. Not surprisingly, Cote is also an early riser who wakes up very early to get in exercise in the morning before heading to the office.
George HW Bush
George HW Bush is one of the incredibly successful people who wake up early. During his term as a President of the United States of America, many could attest of his being an early riser. He gets up at 4 in the morning and goes running. By 6 in the morning, he is already in his office and stays there until 2 in the morning.
Many know her as the Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s term. She is both a diplomat and political scientist. Just like President George W. Bush and his father, Rice wakes up very early in the morning. She gets up at 4:30 in the morning, hit the gym and goes to work.
Schultz is the CEO and Chairman of Starbucks. He starts his day at 4:30 in the morning to walk his dogs and exercise. He tremendously enjoys his morning coffee with his wife. He arrives at the office by 6 in the morning.
As a working mom, Warrior never fails to wake up early at 4:30 in the morning. She corresponds to her e-mails for one hour, reads the newspaper, exercise and prepares her son for his school. She heads to the office and works until 8:30 in the evening. She is the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco.
Timothy Armstrong works as the CEO and Chairman of AOL. He admits that he is not much of a sleeper but he tries to get at least six hours of sleep. He starts his day at 5 in the morning, reads and sends e-mails, read and exercise.
These incredibly successful people who wake up early should be today’s youth’s role models. They are the best examples on how much you can do and achieve when you start your day early.