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Waking up Early and The Correlation to Success

Waking up early and working long hours are not the only contributors to success, you must enjoy what you do

My Experience with waking up early

I’m not what you call a natural morning person. I never thought waking up before 7AM would be a conscious choice for me.

I didn’t think waking up early had any correlation with success, either. Yet, in my quest for personal improvement, I often came across articles stating that the most prominent attribute of successful people is waking up early. That piqued my interest.

The problem with the traditional content

Leading business magazines and blogs tend to make judgements of success based on waking up before 6:00AM.

According to a fatiguescience.com article, three-time league MVP award winner, six-time Super Bowl winner New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wakes up at 5:30 AM. CNBC wrote an article stating Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., a multinational technology company, wakes up at 3:45 AM.

This type of change was intimidating, after all who wants to wake up that early by choice? I had so many questions for these writers!

I learned and thrived

Fed up with the results in my work and personal life, I became serious about testing this theory for myself.

I began waking up at 5:30AM and I would start my day with a run or a work out. When I first started this process it was difficult, but I came out of the other side alive!

During this time, I noticed changes in my day starting with the length of the day. My day felt like two days because of the number of things I could get done just by getting up earlier. Having two chunks of the day enhanced my productivity.

A study completed in 2007 held by Arne H. Eliasson and Christopher J. Lettieri help describe performance benefits of waking up early.  Arne H. Eliasson is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Chrisopher J. Lettieri is a Program Director, Professor of Medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The quote from the article states, “TST (total study time) did not correlate with self-reported grade point average, while earlier bedtimes and wake times did correlate with higher grades.”

What is missing?

Success requires more than waking up early. You must have a passion and direction in your work, find out what you enjoy working on. Once that goal is defined you can make leaps and bounds in progress towards your goal of success.

In the book “Emerging Perspectives on Values in Organizations”, Robert J. Vallerand and Nathalie Houlfort describe a new concept of passion known as harmonious passion. They stated, “harmonious passion refers to a motivational force that leads the person to engage in the activity willingly, and engenders a sense of volition and personal endorsement about pursuing the activity.” Pair the early bird schedule with harmonious passion. This will create a level of drive and focus that can move mountains.

The epiphany

One year ago, I decided to create Ascendy. I finally had a direction to channel my energy, time and passion. I finally had somewhere to channel the energy from my new early bird schedule. I got up at 5 AM to exercise, write code for the website, write an article for the website and send work emails all before the day got started.

Now, I love waking up early. I have time to myself every morning before I step into the world. I get to meditate, workout and eat a healthy breakfast which puts me in an impeccable mind-state. Now that I have passion paired with my morning schedule, I cannot lose.

What is your goal? What is your passion? Find your answer, and waking up early will never be a problem.

Learn. Share. Thrive.

Markquis Simmons

Written by Markquis Simmons

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