Early to bed, early to rise is the platitude Ben Franklin lived by. Many of the most CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other successful figures have strict morning cycles as early risers. Here is what they do to kickstart their day:
Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45am every day, getting exercise, email, and his morning coffee in before starting the day. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wakes up and hits the gym at 4am before breakfast. It's his sense of meditation that grounds him. When traveling, he has a whole crew that sets up a full tent's worth of exercise equipment that makes the enterprise around him possible.
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz rises at 4:30am to walk his dogs and exercise before getting the day started. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi similarly wakes up at 4am and is at work no later than 7am. Richard Branson wakes up with the sunrise for exercise and breakfast before work.
Of course, not every successful entrepreneur wakes up when it's still dark out. Although he doesn't get much sleep overall, Elon Musk wakes up at 7am. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos prioritizes getting a full 8 hours of sleep and wakes up sometime between 7 and 8am. He gets his day started by reading the newspaper while on the treadmill. Jay-Z similarly starts a 3-mile run on the treadmill. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wakes up at 8am and usually goes for a jog with his bodyguards before coming into work.
Pharrell Williams wakes up at 9am without the help of an alarm clock. The latest riser on our list is Aaron Levie, CEO of the cloud computing company Box, who wakes up at 10am to check email and then sleeps another 30 minutes before starting his day.