He couldn’t sleep fast enough
Harvey Mackay

March, 2012

deer snooze


Although I am not quite ready for it, I'm often asked what I would like put on my tombstone.  I often reply:  "He couldn't sleep fast enough."


I guess I'm afraid I'm going to miss something.  That's why I often stay up late at night and always get up early in the morning.  To be successful, you often have to be both a night and morning person.  


A lot of really successful people get an early start to each day.  I recently came across an article online on Business Insider on "23 Successful people who wake up really early."  Here are a few of them.


General Motors' CEO Dan Akerson told the Associated Pressthat he "rarely sleeps past 4:30 or 5 a.m.," so he can talk to GM Asia before it gets too late in their work day.

Gerry Laybourne, the founder and former CEO of Oxygen Channel, wakes up by 6 a.m. and is out of her house 30 minutes later.  "Once or twice a week, I go for a walk in Central Park with a young person seeking my advice," she told Yahoo! Finance.  "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."

New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark, the youngest CEO in the NBA, gets up at 3:30 a.m. in order to get to the office by 4:30 a.m.  He sleeps in on the weekend and doesn't arrive at work until 7 a.m.

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush both are early risers.  When Father Bush was in the White House, he would get up at 4 a.m. to go running and be in his office by 6 a.m. and stay up until 2 a.m.  The younger Bush kept a similar schedule and would often hold early morning meetings.  Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were also early risers.

You don't need to go to those extremes; you can probably catch a couple more hours of shuteye and still succeed.  But you need to get up and get moving.  Early to bed and early to rise, as Benjamin Franklin pointed out, can make you healthy, wealthy and wise.  I understand the "early to rise" part is difficult for many people.  But if you want to get a good start on the day, you can't sleep until noon.  Follow these tips to get up and get moving toward success first thing in the morning:Trust me, you never get tired of being successful.  It energizes you.  It's hard to live life to the fullest if you sleep through half the day.  The Roman poet Horace gave the same advice two thousand years ago:  Carpe diem! ... which means "seize the day."

Mackay's Moral:  This is your wake-up call: you snooze, you lose.