My father is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise person. So was his father. And his mother.
My mother is also an early-to-bed, early-to-rise person. So was her mother. And her father.
With the exception of my father’s dad, none of the above were entrepreneurial; nor were any of the above wealthy. Straight across the board, the O’Furey’s and McGrath’s were middle class America.
Why am I telling you this. I’m telling you this because I broke the mold.
I am, for the most part, a late-to-bed, late-to-rise person. This truth varies from time to time – but 80% of the time, I go to bed after midnight and arise after 8 a.m.
In spite of this “sin” – I AM very entrepreneurial – and I have done well financially.
Yes, I have attempted to impose early-to-bed, early-to-rise standards upon myself. Yet, the truth is the only time these standards worked was when I was a school boy with an early morning paper route; when I was in college; and when I was making chump change as a personal fitness trainer.
Burning the midnight oil has ALWAYS been a far better way for me to live, to prosper and grow.
I am far more productive at night, when everyone else is sleeping, than I am in the morning, when most people are either getting up – or already are.
Last night, for example, I was outdoors training between midnight and 1 a.m. Not a car on the street. Not a light on in any home on my block. Just me – alone with my thoughts as I trained. Ah, how exhilarating.
After training I picked up a book and read for awhile, then I did some visualizing, then I went to bed. And while sleeping I dreamt the entire night. In some of my dreams I worked on my business; in others I sought advice and learned new things.
My son, daughter and wife were up early and off to school. I continued to sleep until 8:30. Then I got up and began my day with a review of my goals.
No guilt. No sense of shame. No feeling that I MUST fit in with the rest of society who gets up early.
Many people are very successful on an early rising routine. I never was.
Yet, I’ve done better than ever on a late-to-bed routine. It works for me. It fits my unique style.
If you’re a late-to-riser and not doing well, consider adopting the early-to-riser lifestyle. If you’re an early-to-riser and doing poorly, give late-to-bed and late-to-rise a try.
You may discover that there is no “one size fits all” approach to life. Yes, there is black and white in some matters, but success and when you get up or go to bed is not one of them.
Regardless of what time you get up or go to bed, the most important thing will always be WHAT you are feeding your mind.
What’s the first thought you think when you get up. What’s the last thought before you go to bed.
Moreover, what are the very best things you can think before doing so.
Well, if greater wealth and prosperity is one of your goals – then you owe it to yourself to discover what thoughts I advise thinking first thing in the a.m. and last thing before sleeping.
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