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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.