Should You Wake Up Early to Succeed in Life?

Wake Up Early

If you want to achieve your goals, wake up early!

We see this “success advice” quite often.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, wakes up at 3:45 AM.

The former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, starts her workout at 4:30 AM.

Jack Dorsey of Twitter wakes up at 5:30 AM, meditates, then goes for a six-mile jog.

The businessman and Shark Tank investor, Kevin O’Leary wakes up at 5:45 AM to check on London and Tokyo stock markets.

Richard Branson of Virgin Group wakes up at 5:45 AM.

Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, wakes up so early that he gets his bike ride finished and gets to work by 6:00 AM.

These rich, famous, and successful people do it, so it must be true, right?

Morning Owls: Wake Up Early

Personally, I try to wake up at 5:30 AM and get my workout done, but after getting pregnant, my normal routine was thrown out of the window. I guess that’s one of the many things that will change when you start your own family.

Waking up early has its benefits! You feel like you have a longer day, and you get more things done. When you master the habit of waking up early, everything else follows! You get to work out, eat healthily, concentrate better, and boost your productivity.

Waking up early may work for Michelle Obama, Kevin O’Leary, or me, but it doesn’t guarantee that waking up early will work for you, too.

Night Owls: Sleep In

Not everyone is the same!

You don’t have to wake up early to be successful. Sure, it can do a lot for you, but it won’t automatically make you successful.

Each of us is different which means our productivity peak differs, too. Some may wake up at 5:30 AM and get half of his to-do list done by 9:00 AM. Others sleep late in the evening to finish their tasks and sleep in late in the morning.

Mark Zuckerberg wakes up around 8:00 AM.

The richest man (of 2021) Elon Musk sleeps at 1:00 AM. Let’s assume he gets 8 hours of sleep, so he wakes up at the same time Mark Zuckerberg does, 8:00 AM.

The former English Prime Minister Winston Churchill wakes up not earlier than 11:00 AM.

Does the time they wake up make them any less successful?


It makes them who they are.

What You Do With Your Time

The time you wake up is not important, what’s important is what you do during the time you’re awake.

The people mentioned in this post are successful not because they wake up early or sleep late. They are successful because they make use of their time well. Whether they wake up at 5:30 AM or 10:00 AM, they make sure that they finish everything they need to do.


You can succeed in life, and you don’t have to wake up early to make it happen. If you want to be successful (however you define success),

  • stop unproductive habits like browsing on your social media feed or exchanging gossips with friends
  • prioritize the things you have to do
  • do one thing that will take you one step closer to your goals every damn day.

Should You Wake Up Early to Succeed in Life?

4 thoughts on “Should You Wake Up Early to Succeed in Life?

  1. I am a night owl. I have been trying to change that since I have heard that old people wake up early and go to bed early. I’m 65 so it seems it’s time to change. No matter how hard I try to get to bed early in the evening, it doesn’t happen. I always think of one more thing to do. So I guess I should accept it. I’ve been this way all my life. Thanks for putting it in perspective.

    1. Hi, Kimberly!

      Thank you for your comment! Everybody needs to see this from a new perspective.
      Do you wake up early if you sleep late?

  2. Hi Mica,
    Thanks for sharing your idea on this well deabated topic. Your takeaway just sums it all up.

    Everyone has 24 hours in a day and what you do with it is what matters and not necessarily when you wake up.

    I’m personally a night owl as I work more at night where everyone is asleep and the environment is cool.

    1. Hello, Cyrus!

      I’m glad you like this content! Working when you think is best for you is the right way to go! It’s important for us to not give in to the usual posts we see like “wake up early if you want to succeed” or “college is a scam” — everything is on a case to case basis! What works for the “successful” people won’t automatically work for everyone else.

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