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10 Morning Rituals Of the World’s Most Successful People



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We all have days when we get up and feel energized, sweeping through tasks in a few hours in the morning, only to find ourselves sluggish and unfocused midday. Studies show that our bodies have limited reserves for fueling our productivity. Therefore, a solid morning ritual is required to prepare the body to sustain your energy and follow through with your tasks throughout the day.

Imagine you manage to wake up at 5 am only to find yourself lying in bed looking at the phone for another one hour under the excuse of checking out that news and emails? Or waking up and confused about what to do next and start doing a bunch of exercises. The next day, instead of exercising, you switch to brewing coffee and reading a book, well, because you want variety. The day after next, some yoga and writing to feel good about yourself for accomplishing something. These supposedly healthy activities, bundled randomly, only create more cognitive loads as you have to decide what to do when you wake up, thus taking away more mental resources. In the end, you could start despising waking up early because of the different decisions you are pressed to make to turn it into a productive time. For example, if you are a salesman, your sales coach may get you to recite your sales pitch over and over.

That said, it is critical to cultivate a stable and simple morning ritual – one you can repeat without having to overthink the moment you open your eyes. So what could be a better way to learn from the BEST and BRIGHTEST? Read on for tips on how to build your own morning habits from some of the most successful people’s morning rituals:

1. Elon Musk: quick shower, coffee, no breakfast

Known as the real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk is often hailed as one of our generation’s most innovative, efficient, and hard working CEOs. His work schedule amounts to 80-100 hours per week, splitting time between Tesla and SpaceX. He wakes up at around 7 in the morning, making his sleep 6 hours per night.  

Musk’s morning routine is fairly quick and simple: he showers first to clear his headspace and help him focus; then, he gets dressed and enjoys a cup of coffee before heading to work. Unfortunately, breakfast seems out of the question as he’s in such a hurry most of the time. 

2. Jack Dorsey: cold shower and jogging, no breakfast

Up before sunrise at 5 am, before getting down to running two companies simultaneously, Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey makes sure he’s physically and mentally prepared for the challenges for the day ahead. Immediately out of bed, he jumps into a cold shower to sharpen his mental fitness and increase his willpower. Then, Dorsey takes advantage of the early morning hours to refresh his mind by jogging 5 miles to work, meditating for one hour, or working out intensely. Just like Musk, Dorsey is not a fan of breakfast and skips it entirely. 

3. Warren Buffett: reading the news and McDonald’s breakfast

Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor, philanthropist, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, wakes up at 6:45 every morning. A market wizard, he starts his day consuming news articles from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and USA Today to refresh his mind on the market and the economy. Buffet then enjoys a meagre breakfast at McDonald’s as part of his morning ritual. Then he reads extensively before diving into work. 

4. Mark Zuckerberg: quick run, social media updates, simple breakfast and wardrobe 

Unlike many of his contemporaries who rise at 5, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, wakes up in the later hour of the morning. Up at 8, he goes for a quick run or a workout to pump adrenaline through his veins. Then he proceeds to check out Facebook, Messenger and Instagram for quick social media updates. He is famous for sticking to a simple grey t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers; Zuckerberg explains he doesn’t like to waste time on trivial decisions – another trick to optimize mental resources and reduce cognitive load during the first few critical hours of the morning. He also goes simple for breakfast to avoid making too many decisions about what to eat.

5. Ray Dalio: Deep meditation 

The rockstar who runs the largest hedge fund in the world, Ray Dalio, came across his morning routine inspired by the Beatles. His early hours revolve around deep meditation to access the subconscious mind and bring out centeredness and “equanimity.” Consistent 20-minute meditation every morning drives Dalio to face the challenges head-on with clarity and thus yields him great career wins.

“Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.” – Ray Dalio

6. Puff Daddy: Phone calls in bed, interviews and rehearsals

One of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, Puff Daddy pumped out No.1 hits like no one else. Praised for his relentless work ethic and drive, Puff Daddy follows a somewhat unconventional ritual. Usually up at 10 in the morning, followed by phone calls and office work at 11:30, then interviews and rehearsals. For a hip-hop artist who stays up past 2 am almost every day, Puff Daddy is always on the go at any hour to figure out the best way to pump out the best song and performance. Even as he approaches his 50, he has slowly included meditation and reading in his ritual. 

7. Jeff Bezos: Coffee, breakfast with kids, reading the newspaper

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, states he’s an early sleeper and early riser. Like many of his successful peers, he’s up around 6:30 am. He likes to brew a hot pot of coffee, cook breakfast for his kids, and then reads his newspaper like any ordinary American dad. After that, he puts around the house cooking and cleaning and takes this pleasure as a meditation before concentrating on his work priorities. At 10 am, he drives to Amazon HQ to work until midday, where he tackles important meetings and paperwork. 

8. Tim Cook: Customers’ emails and an intense workout 

Perhaps the earliest riser on this list, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc, boasts a routine starting even before 4 am! He believes early hours are free of any distractions. Surprisingly, he starts his day by reading thousands of customers’ emails to dig into their psychology and find out how they feel, experience, and do things. Cook doesn’t forget to include an hour workout following his email read-ups because it “keeps his stress at bay.”

9. Peter Thiel: intense workouts followed by fresh fruits breakfast

As one of the world’s most prolific billionaire investors, Peter Thiel doesn’t hold back his secret to a wildly successful career, starting with his morning ritual. Thiel rises at 6:30 every morning without the assistance of an alarm. For him, morning is not only a time to ward off distractions and clear his mind; it’s also to build up a solid habit for longevity and health. He’s known to take Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for its anti-ageing effects before an intense workout. Then he heads for a breakfast that concentrates on fresh fruits. 

10. Richard Branson: a variety of sports and exercises, breakfast with family

Richard Branson, business magnate and founder of Virgin Group, is not shy to admit he owes his success to keeping himself active. He usually rises at 5 am. He starts off the day with various sports such as playing tennis, going for a walk or run, doing some biking, or kitesurfing. To Branson, “There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing I have applied myself both physically and mentally every day.” After his exercise regime, he joins breakfast with his family, two non-negotiables for the day before heading to work.

Passionate about personal finance and financial technology, Arthur Dubois is a writer and SEO specialist at Hardbacon. Since his arrival in Canada, he's built his credit score from nothing and is now one of the go-to experts at Hardbacon when it comes to comparing credit cards.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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