Five Morning Habits of Highly Successful People

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Highly successful people understand how important it is to get off to a good start in the morning. While their habits vary, here are a few common examples that can help you jumpstart your day.

They Wake Up Early

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and even Ben Franklin all have one thing in common…. they wake up early. And it’s typically before 5:30am while their competitors are sleeping.

They Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Whether they do it at home, on the way to work or at the office, most successful people make having a healthy breakfast a priority. Some executives, such as Hain Celestial CEO Irwin Simon, even make it a point to hold breakfast meetings. The idea is to manage your glycemic level and have complex carbohydrates that break down slowly and release energy throughout the day.

They Work Out

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey goes for a jog, while Apple CEO Tim Cook gets to the gym around 5am. That’s because studies show that physical fitness releases endorphins that help reduce stress and maximize energy. Successful people understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance and need a body that is free of stress and disease to operate at a high level.

They Plan Their Day

Most successful people start their day by planning and reviewing the 3 to 5 most important tasks for the day that need to be completed and prioritize them. They set goals and have a clear vision of what they want to accomplish.

They Read

Successful people want to outlearn everyone around them. They start their day by reading the newspaper, listening to an audiobook in the car on the way to work or read business publications such as The Harvard Business Review or Forbes Magazine. They are constantly looking for fresh ideas that they can bring to their business.