Morning Rituals of the Rich and Famous

Question: What do Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama all have in common?


Answer: They all have an empowering morning ritual.


Some people wake up, and they hit the snooze button. Or they'll log onto social media, check their messages and emails, and then start to stress about what they have to do that day. Successful people are different. They have developed morning routines that give them the strength, confidence, and the peace of mind to face and overcome the challenges and obstacles the coming day might have in store for them. Let's take a look at the morning rituals of some of the world's most successful people.


Tony Robbins

Every morning when he wakes up, the self-help guru does what he calls his 'hour of power.' He begins by jumping into pools of hot and cold water immediately after he gets out of bed. Robbins claims the routine wakes up his nervous system, makes him more alert, and strengthens his willpower. next, Robins does what he calls 'priming.'

This involves meditating on all the things he's grateful for and visualising the kind of day he wants to have.


Barack Obama

While he served as President of the United States, Obama began his day two hours before his scheduled events. He would start with a 45-minute workout followed by a healthy breakfast without coffee. Obama also made a point of avoiding the news channels and newspapers, claiming that he preferred to wait until he was in his office until he was forced to face the daily criticism that the US media invariably threw his way.


Steve Jobs

Apple founder Steve Jobs had a slightly eerier waking ritual. Every morning he would look in the mirror and pose the question: If I knew that today was my last day on Earth, would I really want to what I am about to do today? When Jobs answered 'no' to himself too many days in a row, he knew it was time for him to change something.


Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook boss' has created a ritual that involves wearing the same type of clothes every day.  Zuckerberg is quoted as saying that by always putting on the same type of shirt and trousers in the mornings eliminates one decision he has to make every day.


Bill Gates

Bill Gates starts his mornings with an hour on the treadmill. But he's not only training his body when he does it. The founder of Microsoft invariably watches a documentary or some kind of educational program on TV while he runs.


Richard Branson

The founder of Virgin likes to leave his curtains open so that when the sun comes up it wakes him up. Branson will then start his day with a swim around his island, plays a round of tennis, and then sits down to a healthy breakfast.


Jack Dorsey

The founder of Twitter, Dorsey's morning ritual starts at 5:30 with an hour of meditation followed by a six-mile run.


Arianna Huffington

The morning ritual of the Huffington Post founder is a half hour of deep meditation. It calms and focuses her mind, she claims, and helps her cope better with the different emotions she has to deal with throughout the day.


Ellen DeGeneres

The popular TV star and best-selling author begins her day with a workout followed by 20-minutes of meditation. Degeneres says that it's this quiet and personal time that gives her the energy to get through her extremely busy work schedule.


Mick Jagger

The legendary Rolling Stones' frontman claims his morning ritual of working out six days per week helps him reduce stress and amps up his trademark on-stage stamina.


Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's morning always begins with a yoga session and five minutes of love and gratitude which she directs towards her inner self. Through the comfort of these self-compassionate thoughts, the singer carries a feeling of supreme confidence with her that keeps her going until it's time for her to go to bed again.


Oprah Winfrey

Superstar Oprah Winfrey's morning ritual consists of emptying her mind via 20 minutes of meditation. She's convinced mediation leaves her feeling more fulfilled and gives her a sense of contentment. Only then can she give her best work.


Will Arnett

The American/Canadian actor from the TV show, 'Arrested Development,' writes a list of ten things he's grateful for, and the list always starts with his kids.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

The famous muscle man begins his day with a workout at 5:00 a.m. he then eats a healthy breakfast and reads from a non-fiction book.


Stephen King

The king of horror likes to start his routine with a glass of water or a cup of tea. He then sits at his desk, and listens to music until he's ready to start work. The ritual helps clear his mind and allows him to better focus on what he wants to achieve in the day ahead.


The list goes on. But as you can see, the one thing all these celebrities have in common is some kind of routine they do every single morning. They take the time to do something for themselves.  Adopting a morning ritual is often the first step towards changing and improving your life. And the funny thing is, you probably already have a set routine that you do every day when you wake up, whether you're aware of it or not.


Morning rituals empower people to give their best. Day in and day out. But more importantly, a routine is an opportunity to take some quality time and devote it entirely to yourself. Much like when you board an aeroplane for a flight, you're told that the first thing you do in case of emergency is put on the oxygen mask. Only when you have ensured your own safety can you go about helping others. A morning ritual is like that metaphorical oxygen mask. Look after yourself first, and then go on to do great things.

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