Have you ever wondered what it is that successful people have in common?
In this article, we’ll go behind the morning routines of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs to see how they get up and set off on the road to riches each day.
Jack Dorsey – Founder of Twitter
From ice baths to fasting to exercise, Jack Dorsey’s routines may sound like the usual fare of an athlete rather than an entrepreneur, but the Twitter founder swears by his rituals. With a net worth of over $4 billion, who are we to question him?
So, what are Dorsey’s routines? In an interview with Ben Greenfield, Dorsey revealed he never eats breakfast or lunch and that he often fasts from Friday to Sunday.
When he does eat, the meals are heavy on protein - with fish and chicken being his preferred choice - while a bowl of berries is his go-to dessert.
As for his exercise habits, you’re going to have to get up early if you want to replicate them.
Dorsey starts his day at 5am, where he has a barrel sauna followed by an ice bath.
“Nothing has given me more mental confidence than being able to go straight from room
temperature into the cold,” Dorsey said of his routine. “It just unlocks this thing in my mind. I feel like if I can will myself to do that thing that seems so small but hurts so much, I can do nearly anything,” he told Greenfield.
The entrepreneur is also a big fan of meditation, finishing off his morning exercise with a one-hour meditation and often ending the day with a similar practice.
Kevin Harrington – Founder of ‘As Seen on TV’
You may not recognise the name Kevin Harrington, but as the father of the infomercial and founder of ‘As Seen on TV’, there’s little doubt you’ve seen his advertisements before. Harrington is a firm believer in the power of a good morning routine, stating that a meaningful routine can set you up for the entire day.
Harrington suggests most successful people incorporate a routine into their daily schedules and his starts with exercise. Harrington wakes up at 6am and usually downs a vitamin drink to get a burst of energy.
“No matter where I am in the world, I will do some exercise to get the blood flowing as it’s good to get some energy going and have a positive mind for the day. I only need anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes of working out and that will set me up for rest of the day.”
Harrington admits he’s not a big breakfast person, so will likely just have a breakfast bar and a coffee, but likes to have some food in him to set himself up for action. He says an ideal morning will see him wake up to the sunshine in Florida and focus on what he has to do for the day.
Dr Amantha Imber - Founder of Inventium
Having developed a business whose principles lie in working smarter not harder – Inventium are Australia’s leading innovation consultants - Imber is stellar at time management and is a fervent proponent of deep work.
She is also passionate about freeing yourself from your devices if you want to set your day up right. She also suggests it is vital to understand your chronotype – that is whether you’re a ‘lark’ or an ‘owl’.
Put simply, are you a morning person or someone who comes to life at night? Imber says understanding this will help you develop the rituals you need to ensure you are at your most productive.
Imber is a ‘lark’ and as such, realises she does her best work in the morning. One of her top tips – avoid shallow work.
“Larks are typically most productive in the morning so steer clear of shallow work such as answering emails and calls in the morning. Use that time instead to focus on the deep work that deserves your full attention.”