Have you ever heard the phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility?” Sure, thanks to the popularity of Spiderman and his good old Uncle Ben, I think we all have. Well, I personally like to use a spinoff of this phrase in daily life. “With great business comes great responsibility.”
See, being in the business world is a lot like being a teacher (or even a superhero – now that’s appealing!). Some of you might be thinking, what? But it’s true. When you’re a teacher, you are constantly being told that you have to be a role model. You have to set an example for your students. You don’t want to run into Johnny, your fourth grader, at a local restaurant when you’re completely toasted. It’s a round the clock job. You don’t have the option not to bring your work home with you, it’s a given.
Sound familiar? Yeah, like I said, being in business is a lot like being a teacher. We live in a world where the forty hour work week is a thing of the past. Like I said, with great business comes great responsibility.
So, what is the secret to being a great business leader? Tackling that responsibility head on, I’d say, by rising early. Now, I’ll be honest, this is something that I struggle with. However, when I can and do accomplish that 5:30 am wake up call, I feel all the better for it, and I certainly see that I am more productive and more “on my game,” shall we say?
A good friend of mine recently wrote an article titled, “5 Reasons to Workout… Early!” Now, although I am not suggesting all of my business, teacher (or superhero) friends wake up at the crack of dawn and workout, like Devan Ciccarelli may be, I am suggesting you take her advice as to why it is important to wake up early into consideration. Consider the energy exercising early in the morning can provide you with for the rest of the day. Read Devan’s article to access her tips and tricks, and read on further to discover mine!
Have you ever woken up early in the morning and felt the calmness that the rising morning sun can bring? I know I have. Waking up early gives you the opportunity to grasp onto alone and quiet time. The day brings with it hectic distractions that can pull you away from the many things you can accomplish in the morning, before the rest of the world has gotten up – an important concept for those of us in business, trying to beat everyone else to the punch.
It is a fact that early risers are all around more successful in their careers. The clearness of the morning can provide us with clear minds to analyze our business needs, opportunities, long and short term goals and so on. Accomplishing “thinking” tasks before you get into the office leaves the day wide open to jump on in to your “real” work and projects. And hey, Business Insider proved that there are already people doing it, and that they are really successful. Click here to read the article “29 Successful People Who Wake Up Really Early.”
Are you one of those people consistently choosing the snooze button over breakfast? Well I hate to break it to you, but you’re doing it wrong. Didn’t your parents ever tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well they weren’t kidding! I know personally, if I don’t get a decent breakfast in before I head out to the office, I am crankier and less productive – sluggish, they call it.
Exercising, getting a good meal in, thinking, possibly meditating, reflecting and planning; all of these things certainly add up to a healthier and happier you. And guess what else? They will help to make you a better business leader, too. With great business comes great responsibility. Start being responsible and take the morning back – tomorrow, of course.
Written by: Melanie Scherr