Remember Mark Wahlberg’s intense morning routine that started with a 2:30 a.m. wakeup call? He’s not alone. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 AM and Virgin Group’s CEO Richard Branson gets up at 5 AM.
One famous CEO, however, who hasn’t joined the early bird club is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. In fact, some might say he’s the anti-early bird — he doesn’t really start his day until 10 a.m.
In an interview for “The David Rubenstein Show,” Bezos said he skips productivity in the mornings to read the news, have breakfast with his kids and “putter” about after a good eight hours of sleep. He says he only mentally wakes up around 10 a.m. to start any corporate business.
Bezos has his “high IQ” meetings scheduled before lunch, which are the really important ones that require a lot of focus. By 5 p.m., however, he “can’t think” about business anymore. He says his quality of decisions is higher because of his late start and consistent sleep schedule, but admits that CEOs may be more in-demand in other industries or start-ups.
We’ve all heard the people who say that waking up early changed their life, or that making their bed every morning gave them a better work ethic. And that could be the case! But if the world’s richest man is wrong in waking up late, then do we really want to be right? Tell us what you think!