This trait was common to 17 CEOs surveyed by Jim Citrin at Yahoo! Finance a few years ago. And it's a trait we expect from CEOs.
They are go-getters who want to start the day before their peers and competitors, who want to work long hours and have enough time for their personal life too.
Many function unbelievably well on little sleep. Others may not function well but are driven by the stress of running a company to get up anyway.
We identified a bunch of successful people who get up early. Let us know who we missed.
General Motors' CEO Dan Akerson
Akerson told the AP he will "rarely sleep past 4:30 or 5," waking up so he can talk to GM Asia before it gets too late. He calls it the best job he's ever had: "It's complex and interesting and exciting."
Sadly, he also describes having "a lot of sleepless nights.
" At least they aren't long sleepless nights.
Virgin America CEO David Cush
Cush described his morning routine to the AP: Wakes up
at 4:15 a.m., sends emails, calls business associates on
the East Coast, and that's before listening to Dallas sports
radio, reading the paper and hitting the bike at the gym.
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Cook is known for getting up and sending out company emails
at 4:30 in the morning, according to Gawker's Ryan Tate. By 5 AM
he can be found in the gym.
And he works late too, priding himself on being the first in the
office and the last out.
Disney CEO Robert Iger
Iger told the New York Times he gets up at "4:30 every morning.
" He takes the quiet time to do a number of things, claiming to
read the papers, exercise, listen to music, look at email and
watch TV all at once. Even though it's quiet time, he's "already
Hain Celestial Group CEO Irwin Simon
Simon accomplishes more before 9 a.m. than most people
do all day.
He wakes up 5 a.m., going through emails and calling
operations in Europe and Asia. He also prays, walks
the dog and exercises before his kids wake up. He arrives at his office in Long Island usually
after squeezing in a breakfast meeting in Manhattan as well.
Former Peugeot GM Jean-Martin Folz
Now headed to the board of Eutelsat Communications,
the formerhead of Peugeot was said to catch the 4 a.m.
train from Dijon to Paris, and would finish up a briefing
paper within minutes of arriving to his office at 7 a.m.
According to The Observer, Folz also had
his Renault Espace converted into an office so he could work while commuting.
Former Oxygen Channel CEO Gerry Laybourne
The founder of Oxygen is awake by 6 a.m. and out of the
house a half hour later.
If you get up early enough she might even take you under
her wing, she tells
"Once or twice a week, I go for a walk in Central Park with
a young person
seeking my advice. This is my way of helping bring along the next generation.
And if someone is up early in the morning then they are serious about life. I can't take time
at the office to do this, but doing it in the morning allows me to get exercise and stay
connected with young people at the same time."
Aurora Fashions CEO Mike Shearwood
As head of one of the UK's trendiest fashion companies,
Shearwood's daynstarts early. Shearwood wakes up at
5 a.m. in order to travel from Nottingham to London in
time for a 7:45 arrival. He loves the long commute
"I catch up on emails and work, as well as speaking to teams on the phone."
Christie's CEO Steve Murphy
The former head of publishing company Rodale
turns to poet William Blake
for inspiration on how to start his day: "'Think in
the morning, act in the fternoon noon, read in the
evening, and sleep at night.'
This has made a huge difference in my life."
Thinking and planning in the morning makes Murphy — in his words — strategic
and proactive, rather than reactive.
New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark
The 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.
He takes it easy on the weekends, arriving at the
office by 7 a.m. instead.
Brooklyn Industries CEO Lexy Funk
The artistic co-founder of the Brooklyn-based clothing
and bag shop told the Huffington Post that her routine
early: "I usually wake up around 4 a.m.
" From there, the dilemma of whether to read and bore
herself back to sleep or get on her BlackBerry begins. Once online, she's answering emails
and talking to people from Brooklyn Industries.
Cedar Fair Entertainment CEO Matt Ouimet
The former president of Starwood Hotels and CFO
of Disney just became the CEO of a company that
runs amusement parks. Referring to work as "game
according to Yahoo Finance, Ouimet likes to get to the office early, waking up
at 5:30 in order to get out of the house by 6 a.m.
Saban Capital CEO Haim Saban
As head of the Saban Capital Group, this
Egyptian-born Israeli-American billionaire has
his first cup of coffee at 6:02 a.m. and begins
work from there. He works for an hour before
exercising for 75 minutes to really start his day,
according to Yahoo Finance.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman
In order to stay competitive mentally and physically,
the Dutch-born Polman gets up at 6 a.m. so he can
run on the treadmill in his office. This also gives him
to "reflect on the work day ahead," which is probably
pretty hectic at a multinational food and detergent company.
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior
Although she doesn't run right to the office upon waking
up at 4:30 a.m., Warrior spends an hour on email, reads
the news, works out and gets her son ready for
school. And she is still in the office by 8:30 at the latest,
according to Yahoo Finance.
She was formerly the CTO of Motorola, and has been one of the most highly
acclaimed women in business over the course of her career.
Former PepsiCo CEO Steve Reinemund
Now the dean of Schools of Business at Wake Forest
University, the long-time head of Pepsi told Yahoo
Finance that he would be out of bed at 5:30, already
reading the papers. He would go through The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and
The Dallas Morning News before heading to work.
Avon Products CEO Andrea Jung
Jung wakes up at 5 in the morning and goes to the gym
before getting to her esk at 8, says Forbes.
Former Goldman Sachs and MF Global CEO Jon Corzine
Colleagues recalled to The New York Times that he would
be in the office by 6 a.m., even after taking a five mile
run in the morning. Yet he was still the last person to
leave in the evenings.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
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.,
according to Portfolio.com.
There must be something about Starbucks that makes
people want to do this, as president Michelle Gass wakes up at 4:30 every morning to go
running, and has done so for 15 years. Must be all the coffee.
Former presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush
The first Bush would get up at 4 a.m., go running, be
in the office by 6 a.m. and stay up until 2 a.m. "He was
a horror," said a former White House nurse who
had to try to keep up with him.
The second Bush kept a similar schedule,
going to the office by 6:45 a.m. and often holding meetings at this ripe hour, according
to The NYT.
So did W. Bush's cabinet. Colin Powell put in "perfectly appalling" hours, arriving
to the office at 6 a.m.,and not leaving until after 7 p.m., according to his former students.
Condoleeza Rice woke up every day at 4:30 in the morning in order to get to
the gym before work.
A major figure of the American Enlightenment
and a Founding Father of the United States, Franklin
is 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."
He planned his routine around waking up at 5 a.m. and asking himself
"What good shall I do this day?"
Credit to: Business Insider