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Wake Up Call

Do you enjoy sleeping in?  Well we researched and found out that 85% of fortune 500 CEO’s wake up before 6 am.  Is that a coincidence?  If you want to maximize your success while achieving the best possible balance in your life, you may want to take a fresh look at what time you wake up and what you do with your time before getting to the office.  Here is a list of what these individuals do when they wake up.

STEVE REINEMUND – (CEO of PepsiCo) Is up at 5:30am down stairs with his organized papers.  He reads the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

RYAN SEACREST – (American Idol Host)  He wakes up at 5:30 am to go running.  “I don’t stay out until 2am which everyone might think.  I’m not 21 anymore I have goals I am trying to accomplish.  A line in a William Blake poem inspired me to think differently about my day: ‘Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.””

GERRY LAYBOURNE – (CEO of the Oxygen Channel) – She is awake by 6am and out the door by 6:30am.
However, she adds a unique twist to her schedule: “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.

HAIM SABAN – (chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group) He starts email right after his first cup of coffee at ‘6:02 a.m.’  and works it for about an hour before his 75 minute morning exercise regimen.

PADMASREE WARRIOR – (Chief Technology Officer for Motorola)  She rises at 4:30 a.m., spends an hour on email, reads most of the news online, and then does an hour of either cardio or resistance training each morning.  This allows her to get her son read for school and drop him off, and still get to work by 8 or 8:30 in the morning.

STEPHEN KING – (author) – I wake up between 6am and 7am and begin writing not a minute later than 8am. “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places.”

MATT OUIMET, (president Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) He rises at 5:30 a.m. and leaves the house at 6 a.m. to get to the office very early — “I’ve always been anxious to get to work: game time.”

C.S. LEWIS – (author) He awakes by 6:30am to go on a walk either alone or by himself.  “I would choose always to breakfast at exactly eight and to be at my desk by nine, there to read or write till one.”

FRED ROGERS – (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) Mr. Rogers is awake by 5am but will sometimes think in bed until 5:30am.  Nearly every morning of his life, Mister Rogers would go swimming.

(Excerpts taken from and

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gaino Lindsey permalink
    January 30, 2010 5:44 pm

    This article is a much-needed kick in the pants to get my weary body out of bed at 6:00am. I’ll use my first 5 minutes awake to take a nap. – Regards, Gaino


  1. Wake up and win

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