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I have this ongoing joke that I tell about my father-in-law, Bryan. The basic premise is that no matter what I accomplish for the day, I lose to him because he got up early. It’s his trump card on anything I do (not really, but that’s the joke).

For example, if I say, “I broke this record or won this award today,” he would say, “We’ll that’s good, but I got up at 5:30 this morning.”

There is this special magic about getting up and being early for things.

If you study leaders (business or otherwise), many of them accomplish a lot either during the late hours into the night or in the wee hours of the morning. Mark Wahlberg gets up at 2:30 am to begin his workout routine. Many authors write when they are not doing their day jobs. And many entrepreneurs grind out their business on the side before they quit their day job and take it mainstream.

Getting up early gives you more time for you. Time to: read, think, work out, plan, hustle, and anything else you want to do. This should not take away from your commitment to restful sleep, which is also very important.

In addition to getting up early, showing up early is important. Don’t be that person that shows up five minutes late.

Five minutes early is on time; on time is late.

Get after it today. Be early. The world is not waiting for you.


Vaccines and Risk Analysis

When someone makes a decision to either take or not take a vaccine, they are making a risk analysis-based decision. In business, we look at managing risk and an entrepreneur is simply someone that is willing to take risks.

Making life decisions is no different.

In the vaccine discussion, you have to evaluate the risk of taking or not taking a vaccine in relation to potential outcomes. It’s kind of like evaluating a move in chess; if I move here, what will happen next and then how will I respond.

For some people, the risk of not taking a vaccine outweighs the risk of taking it. For others, the contrary.

I know in your mind when you process your risk assessment, you get a value that is relative to you and you alone. It can be hard to understand why someone else might not get the same value. “I am a reasonable, logical, methodical, thoughtful, and intelligent person. How can there be any other answer beyond what I think is correct?”

Regardless of your decision on this issue, risk is still present. You are just choosing to address that risk in your own way, which points back to that little document that talks about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Remember, we are all entrepreneurs of our lives.