10 benefits of waking up early (and 6 ways to do so)

Top performers know that getting out of bed at dawn—or sooner—breeds success. Avoiding traffic and reflecting on our place in the cosmos are just a couple of benefits.

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Author’s note: I originally posted about how to wake up early back in 2011. It’s been such a popular post ever since, I figured it’s time to update it with new stats, new ideas and new reasons why you need to wake up early. Also, I’ve discovered that the majority of people who, like me, are Faster Than Normal are also early risers.

I’m a super-early riser—like ridiculously early, around 3:30 a.m.

If you do some homework, you’ll find that many successful CEOs are, as well. It’s simply ingrained into us: If we want to be successful, we have to be working when others are not. To do that, we embrace the early: We wake up early, and we’re better for it.

It’s like the classic running quote: “Somewhere, right now, someone is training while you are not. When you race him, he will win.”

I get up early, because I believe it’s worth it. I think that if you give it a try for more than a day, you will, too. Here’s some benefits you can get from doing it, as well as how to do it.

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