How High Achievers Get Things Done Before the World Wakes Up: The Power of Rising Early


High-Achievers get things done

For most of us once the day starts, we’re like olympic sprinters off the line racing to catch up to our commitments. It’s no wonder so many of us are feeling tired, behind, and stressed. It’s no surprise we can’t find the time and energy to create a life we’re excited to live.

For most people this is reality. This is how they live their lives. And if you want to escape that reality, then you need a new plan. Whether you knew it or not morning is the most important part of your entire day. It’s powerful beyond measure. Learn how to harness this power and you will transform your entire life. Ignore it, and you’ll likely have to settle for average.


Getting Things Done – Why Most Successful People Make A Habit of Waking Up Early


That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other successful people.

  • Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and
  • Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook is known for getting up and sending out company emails at 4:30 in the morning
  • New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark youngest CEO in the NBA told SellingPower that he gets up at 3:30 in the morning in order to get to the office by 4:30. From there, he works out and sends motivational emails to his team.
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz starts his day with a workout, which is usually a bike ride with his wife, but still gets to the office by 6 a.m

“No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. It’s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.

  • Benjamin Franklin planned his routine around waking up at 5 a.m. and asking himself “What good shall I do this day?” He is also credited with the saying that perhaps started this whole trend in the first place:

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”


Successful Blogger and author, Michael Hyatt is also among the successful leaders who decided to make the habit of early rising a priority.

Michael Hyatt

It may not be easy, but it’s definitely possible. You can do it if you are intentional.

In Hyatt’s THIS IS YOUR LIFE PODCAST he talks about the difficulties people face with waking up early and offers 9 Steps You Can Take to Become a Morning Person. 


So what is it about rising early?


Early To Rise Andy Traub

Andy Traub, author of The Early To Rise Experience: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days, has this to say about getting up early.

I hate getting up early. I love being up early. If you’re willing to take one minute a day to change your life then you can become an early riser. I wrote this book because as a father of three kids under five I needed time to work on myself and my business without neglecting my family. I found that time in the morning and it has changed my life forever.


Taking It To The Next Level With Inspiration & Accountability


Early To Rise not only teaches you how to rise early, but inspires, motivates, and coaches you along the way. Andy Traub understands that habits are hard work and sometimes we need greater accountability to push through the resistance. He really brings the book to life with:

  • encouraging daily emails
  • Facebook group – Search for EarlyToRiseBook
  • And my favorite – Twitter connection using the hashtag #EarlyToRise

Andy also encourages others to “meet him early” and post pictures of their coffee or early morning setting on twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #EarlyToRise. Here are some examples.

Early to rise 3 early to rise 2 Early to rise 1

I don’t know about you, but there is something about seeing others get a head start on their day that sparks a little healthy competitiveness in me 😉


A Peak Inside The Book

13 Quotes & Popular Highlights From Early To Rise




Everyone is motivated, even lazy people. They’re motivated to take action based on their own comfort. They want comfort, so they don’t take action. Not doing something is a choice, and every choice is an action.


It is very important that upon waking you do not engage with the world for at least an hour.


If you’re excited about your life you’ll stop sleeping through it.


Change happens when we admit our weaknesses. You can’t fix a problem you don’t admit you have. Publicly declare an end to wasting your mornings. Be motivated to change because you no longer want to live that.


Mindset becomes momentum, and momentum brings change.


If you don’t like your life don’t be hard on yourself, be hard on your routine.


If we take actions only when we feel like taking them then we’re immature.


Maturity brings everyone around us to a better place. Immaturity improves one person’s life at the expense of those around them.


Not doing something is a choice, and every choice is an action.


If you are going with the flow, guess who’s in control? The flow is.


We just forget we have choices sometimes. Forgetting you have choices does not take those choices away. You simply need to wake up! Wake up, and realize that you don’t need to know what happened in the world last night. You need to focus on stories that encourage and empower you this morning, and if you have it in you, craft your own stories as well.


When you choose to wake early, you set the tone for the rest of your day. You begin from a position of being in control. Take control of your day because days make up weeks, weeks become months, and months become years.


The only number that matters in building this habit is “1”.  Habits happen one decision at a time. Habits die one decision at a time. Habits start one day. Habits are the responsibility of one person.  Habits are formed by people who realize they only get one life.


So Does This Rising Early Thing Really Work?


Well… If you are reading this blog post then yes. Yes it does 😉 #EarlyToRise

Early To Rise Andy Traub




Click here to get Andy’s Book and start a revolution in your own life. You won’t be sorry.


 How About You?

Have you ever considered the benefits of rising early?

Have you beaten the resistance and made it a habit of becoming an early riser?

Leave a comment below and share your experience. I would love to hear it. 




  • Great write up my friend. Thanks!

    • The man himself 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Andy – and thanks for the inspiration!

  • I enjoy those morning when I wake up really early and I’m wide awake. It’s that 60 seconds when you have to decide to get up, or roll over. I still fight that moment. I find it easier if I make the decision the night before.

    I tell my self that if I wake up at 4:30 or later, I am getting up. That way, I don’t have to make the decision in the morning because I’ve already told myself what to expect.

    The other thing I find helpful is to write out my task list the night before. This way I know exactly what needs to be done the next day and I can get up and get going. It removes one more excuse.

  • Jennifer

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    Admittedly, I can see the benefits of early rising. However, no one ever gives the other end of the spectrum. What time do early risers go to bed?! Personally, I just would like to have a more complete picture of the process. Certainly, we know that early rising doesn’t begin with the pre-dawn of tomorrow, but at the setting sun of today. Anyone care to share their bed time(s)? Thanks!

  • its a amazing freling to wokeup early….

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