posted at 07:50
Author Name: Max Nisen, Gus Lubin and Aaron Taube
Executives Who Wake Up Early
Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group. They say the early bird catches the worm, and nowhere is this old adage more true than in business. Waking up early allows executives like AOL's Tim Armstrong and Pepsi's Indra Nooyi to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world is out of bed. The extra time also gives people the chance to work out and do some of their most valuable creative thinking. Whether they use the time to catch up on email or take their kids to school, these executives all make the most of their mornings. The founder of Oxygen is awake by 6 a.m. and out of the house a half hour later. "Once or twice a week, I go for a walk in Central Park with a young person seeking my advice. This is my way of helping bring along the next generation. And if someone is up early in the morning, then they are serious about life. I can't take time at the office to do this, but doing it in the morning allows me to get exercise and stay connected with young people at the same time."

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