Why You Should Wake Up at 4:30 AM Every Day, According To A Navy SEAL

With a busy schedule, Jocko Willink finds time to get everything done by waking up before everyone else does. Willink, former Navy SEAL and author of "Way of the Warrior Kid" explains the one habit from service that he can't shake.

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Richard Feloni: Are there some things from your service that you can't shake? So for example, you still wake up at 4:30 in the morning, to go workout, what was it about your time in the Seals, that you wanted to keep these habits up?

Jocko Willink: They're good habits, why would you not wake up at 4:30?

Richard Feloni: Well what does this bring to you?

Jocko Willink: Waking up early? You just get a jump on the day. The reason I wake up at 4:30 in the morning is because no one else is awake yet, so that gives me the opportunity to do things that I need to get done, kinda selfishly for myself, and the big one in that category is working out. And it doesn't feel good at 4:30 when you get up, but by the time 7 o'clock rolls around, and you've already worked out, and you've already got some work done, and you've got some time to say goodbye to your kids before they go to school? It's infinitely better than sleeping in until 6:45, and you get out of bed, and now you've missed your kids going to school, or whatever. You're not prepared for the day, it's awful.

Feloni: So if someone, maybe they don't have time to work out or they just need something that could be like a quick fix, is there something that you recommend?

Willink: Oh yeah, workouts don't have to take a long time. Workouts can be very quick. Matter of fact, go do two minutes of burpees, as many burpees as you can, in two minutes, or four minutes, or six minutes, go and sprint, go and do anything very intensely, for a short period of time and you'll get great benefit out of it.

Feloni: Something I'm sure you hear a lot is 4:30, like this either just can't fit into my schedule, or if I'm gonna be realistic, I'm probably not gonna wake up at 4:30, what do you tell people who say that?

Willink: Yeah, and there's people that work night shifts, and there's people that it's unhealthy for them, they can't fall as-- it's like no, be healthy, get enough sleep, but, first of all, wake up at the same time every day and, if you pick that time and you start waking up at the same time every day, that's very good for you. It doesn't have to be 4:30, it could be 6:30, it could be 7, I don't know what your personal schedule is, but find out a time, pick it, set it, stick to it, and maintain that schedule, and that's gonna end up better for you.

I recommend it's earlier. I recommend that you go to bed earlier, 'cause what are you doing at night, most of the time? Most of the time at night, you're not working on anything super productive, you're just winding down and watching stupid YouTube videos, or surfing the internet, reading clickbait stories, right? Don't do that, instead, go to sleep, and then wake up early.

Feloni: Could you explain that notion of discipline equals freedom?

Willink: If you want more freedom in your life, you have to have more discipline. If you don't have any discipline, you'll end up with absolutely no freedom, you'll end up being a slave to other people that boss you around. There's all kind of problems that can occur, if you don't have discipline in your life. And the more discipline you have, the more freedom you're gonna have.

Feloni: So just the discipline of the Seals, will never-- it's impossible to leave?

Willink: No, it's possible to leave, there's retired seals all over the place that are undisciplined. They've moved on, and they don't care about that anymore. It's fine, I don't judge other people on what they're doin', like they're probably stoked to sleep in and hang out with their kids, and eat breakfast in bed, that's fine. I don't have anything against that. But for me? I wanna get up and go.

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LiamPlays Hayday
15 January 2019

I work until 8pm at work home and eaten showered etc by 9pm. Asleep by 9:30-10 awake at 4/4:30. Even know my shift doesn’t start till 11am. College days were better as I start at 9am finish around 2-5pm depending on the day. Some days you get tired. But you go asleep earlier the next night to make up for it

Mosquito Army
Mosquito Army
11 January 2019

I like staying up late so there's no way I'm doing this

Lucalegend
Lucalegend
11 January 2019

I wake up at 4:30 cuz I have to work

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
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Chuck Norris will soon open his own fried chicken restaurant chain: RKC-- Roundhouse Kickin' Chicken.

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フラビア
09 January 2019

Legendas em português, please!

Victória Viana
Victória Viana
08 January 2019

Great advices! Thanks for this content!

Sean King
Sean King
06 January 2019

80 percent of the commenters actually seem proud of being lazy and shiftless. "Dude it's like 5:30 AM right now and I've totes been awake all night, how badass is my complete inability to regulate myself? It's like I have no discipline at all! Eyuck yuck!" Then they'll cry when they can't make a good living and put up the Bern signal for Bernie Sanders to swoop in and whisk them off to Never Never Land.

Matthew Whyatt
Matthew Whyatt
06 January 2019

Pick it stick to it Me: Ok, 1:00pm

Confucius
Confucius
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Pastor Peewee
Pastor Peewee
05 January 2019

10:00 a.m. Daily is good for me.

gundam116
Gundam116
05 January 2019

Getting less than 7hours sleep is dangerous.

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