Wouldn’t it be crazy to ship a 350 million dollar diamond by regular mail?
That’s exactly what the successful jeweler Harry Winston did. He sent the 45 carats Hope diamond using a $2.44 postage stamp. So why did he do that?
He did it to be inconspicuous and to throw off robbers and thieves. Since then, many jewelers have followed, and it’s been a widely effective practice.
In your morning routines, following successful people can be wildly effectively as well. You can uncover what starts their day off right when they wake up, and other little routines that they have. When you put some of these routines into practice, you can become successful as well.
In this article, we’re going to cover three categories of famous routines or Famroutines:
Let’s start with the Famroutines of Creatives.
Let’s kick things off with the star and owner of the X-Factor and Got Talent franchises. As a successful TV producer, it’s no surprise Mr. Cowell watches television every morning while eating his breakfast. But, instead of watching his own shows or those of his direct competitors, he prefers old cartoons, especially his favorite vintage Hanna-Barbera ones.
Although this choice might seem surprising, he admits that cartoons put him in a good mood for the rest of the day. Moreover, they are a lot less depressing than watching the news. Interestingly, Simon himself could be seen in one of the episodes of a widely popular cartoon – The Simpsons.
Jocko, who’s a retired SEAL commander and a popular podcaster admits to waking up as early as 4:30 AM.
Once he’s up, he either goes to his home gym for a workout or heads to the beach and goes for a swim in the ocean.
What helps is that he lives in San Diego which is right at the Pacific.
The famous and widely successful American media executive, producer, and philanthropist takes care of both her spiritual and physical life right after she leaves the bed. After she wakes up at 6 AM, she meditates for 30 minutes and then hops on the treadmill and plays Scrabble while she completes her daily running routine.
Oprah believes that being physically active every morning for at least 15 minutes helps her boost energy levels for the whole day. After she gets off the treadmill, she goes for a walk or prepares a nutritious breakfast.
The CEO of AOL is yet another proponent of waking up as early as possible. After leaving his bed at 5 AM, he works out, reads the news and then uses different AOL products – what allows him to provide his employees with valuable feedback.
Next up is the Fameroutines of executives.
One of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and the man behind Apple, which is now one of the highest valued brands in the world used to start working soon after waking up at 6 AM. Usually, he worked for one hour before taking a break.
Then, he would eat breakfast with his kids, and help them with their school homework. After that, he would get back to working from home for one more hour before traveling to his office.
The co-founder and CEO of Twitter usually get up at 5:30 AM. Then, he meditates and goes for a 6-mile jog before eating a breakfast made of two hard-boiled eggs with soy sauce. Thanks to living close to Twitter headquarters, he can either take the bus or walk to his office. While on the bus, he often watches how people are using their phones.
The founder of Facebook definitely doesn’t follow the “go analog” routine.
The first thing he does after waking up (usually at 8 AM, unless he worked long hours during the night or is traveling) he checks Facebook, Messenger, and Whatsapp.
Because he likes to minimize the number of decisions that he has to make in order to leave more time and energy for more productive tasks, he then puts on the usual work uniform consisting of a gray T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.
This influential American fashion designer and businesswoman is a very busy person – that’s why her time for a morning routine is very limited. After jumping out of bed at 5: 45 AM, she checks her work emails right away (it seems that going analog isn’t that popular among successful people).
The next thing she does is getting her three boys out of bed. Immediately after that, she starts her 45-minute workout. Interestingly,
Mrs. Burch can be so busy in the morning that she often leaves her house with her hair wet.
The famous British entrepreneur and the only remaining original investor on the British edition of Dragon’s Den starts his day at 6:15 AM (usually, woken up by his children). There is nothing spectacular about his daily routine, though. Within the first 20 minutes from getting up, he dresses up and shaves. The next several minutes he spends having breakfast and immediately leaves for work at his office in Marlow and checks various reports and sales figures on the way.
According to Mrs.Nooyi, she sleeps as little as four hours every night and wakes up at 4 AM only to get to the office before 7 AM. Between waking up and getting to the office, she meditates for 15 to 30 minutes, before enjoying a cup of tea and working out for an hour and a half. She is an excellent example that you can be a successful CEO, one of the most powerful women in the world, and still have the time for working out and meditation.
The owner of one of the most popular opinion websites and blogs in the world, Huffington Post, is a big believer in good night sleep and meditation. Unlike many other successful business people, she often sleeps for a full eight hours every night.
What’s different about her compared to many other CEOs of tech and digital companies is that she doesn’t allow any electronic devices in her bedroom. Instead, after waking up, she meditates, exercises on her stationary bike and does 5 to 10 minutes of yoga stretches.
The billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Media Group tries to wake up as early as possible so that he has more time for his family and the things that matter. While he has no strict morning routine, he often picks some of his favorite activities that get him going, such as swimming, cycling, tennis and kite-surfing.
While his routine is definitely not an easy one to emulate, it’s worth keeping in mind that it wasn’t always like that – especially when he was working hard, building his business.
But, it’s a great example of something that can be achieved.
The main goal of Tony Robbin’s morning routine is to boost his energy for the day. It’s no surprise – if you have ever seen any of his videos, you definitely saw how full of energy and passion he is.
Considering that he reportedly sleeps as little as 3 to 5 hours, getting a power boost in the morning is a must.
Usually, his morning starts with a nutritional supplement, a meditation session, workout, and a sauna – all that finished with a plunge in an ice-cold water. What’s interesting is that he tries to squeeze all that in under 30 minutes. After that, he has a healthy breakfast, usually consisting of the same food – free-range eggs, and organic coconut bread.
Last but not least, let’s get to someone who, over around 10 years, interviewed tens of successful people about their own morning routines.
How does his ritual look like? Surprisingly, it’s very simple – making the bed, meditating, journaling, and a small breakfast are the core elements of his morning.
Lastly, let's have a look at politicians.
Morning routines are not some weird concept of today. Many successful people of all eras used to have a set of actions they followed to start the day – including one of the Founding Fathers himself. Reportedly, Benjamin Franklin, woke up at 5 AM every day.
After he got out of his bed, he used to wash and address the Powerfull Goodness. One of the questions that he used to ask himself every day was What good shall I do this day?
The popular and controversial business mogul, politician, and the host of the British edition of The Apprentice likes to stay active despite his age. Reportedly, as long as he is not busy filming the latest episodes of the franchise, one of the most important parts of his daily routine is a 50-mile bike ride through Essex.
During his presidency, Mr. Obama used to get up at around 6:45 AM to work out or play basketball before reading the newspaper, having breakfast with his family and preparing his girls for school. Not a bad routine for someone who had to run the country during the day.
As you can see, morning routines are an important part of lives of many of those you would never even expect to have a morning routine in the first place. Some of those who do have one, stick to it religiously, while others like to experiment with new ones.
There are so many takeaways from these Fameroutines.
The one thing you can do right now is an experiment with a new routine. Whether you choose one from Richard Branson, Tim Ferris or Oprah, try it out tomorrow. You’ll be on your way to success!
When you choose one to experiment with, you will be empowered.
Choose and decide now.