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We could all use a little motivation to jump-start our day. Who better to take it from than the world’s most successful millionaires?
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1. Most of us don’t want strong sunshine hitting our eyes first thing in the morning, but to Richard Branson, The Virgin Group founder, sunshine is the best morning motivation. “I leave the curtains undrawn and the sun comes up at 5:45 am and straight in my eyes. I love bouncing up early,” he says. The business mogul is worth a staggering $4.8 billion, so the habit has been working well for him so far.
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2. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a bad mood. But how can you not when you haven’t had enough sleep, are tired, or just not in the mood to leave your comfortable sheets? The answer is simple. Find a small habit that puts you in a good mood. For The X Factor founder and millionaire, Simon Cowell, it’s as simple as drinking hot water with lemon. “I love to wake up in a good mood and look forward to what’s coming,” he says.
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3. Most of the time, it is hard to wake up early because of one thing: lack of sleep. While sleeping early is overlooked by many a people, millionaire and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, promises that it would make a difference. “Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good,” he says.
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4. According to former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, the best morning motivation is taking a look at where you are and where you want to be. “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something,” he famously said before his death in 2011.
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5. Exercise might not be everyone’s preferred morning motivation method, but to most millionaires, it’s crucial. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, wakes up at 5:30 am every day to meditate and jog for 6 miles. Our verdict? If busy millionaires make time for exercise, we gather it deserves a place on the success equation.
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6. Lord Alan Sugar, host of The Apprentice and a business tycoon in his own right, wakes up at 5am to head to The Apprentice boardroom. But when he’s not doing that, he takes a 50 mile bike ride through the Essex countryside. Spending some time with nature before work makes total sense to us. What better than fresh air as motivation? After all, it should be motivation enough that we can breathe to begin with.
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7. Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, famously said, “It’s time to sleep our way to the top.” While her quote sounds controversial, it was meant in relation to how important sleep is. The full quote is, “The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is to get enough sleep.” Like we mentioned earlier, sleep is very, very underrated.
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8. What does Starbucks founder Howard Schultz do for morning motivation? Drink coffee, of course. “Around 5:45 am, I make coffee for myself and my wife,” he says. Remember how we said you should do something every morning to better your mood? Well, why not start with a cup of your favourite coffee?
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9. When this business leader wakes up, he listens to music, checks the papers, reads his emails, and watches TV all at once. We’re talking about Disney CEO Bob Iger, who is worth around $100 million. Why does he do that? To train himself to multi-task as early as possible.
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10. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is probably considered one of the “coolest” people in the world. His response to that? He told Business Insider that he’s “never been cool or tried to be cool.” He wakes up at 5am and puts on any clean t-shirt as not to waste time choosing what to wear. He then heads down to his office. How is this morning motivation? Don’t waste your morning time.