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“Time isn’t the main thing,” said Miles Davis. “It’s the only thing.”
So how do today’s best business leaders allocate their most precious resource? OnDeck decided to find out. The small business finance provider analyzed the daily routines of 40 highly successful business people to see how they turned their ideas into multi-million (and sometimes multi-billion) dollar companies.
The first common theme is hard work, and lots of it. On average, the CEOs and business leaders OnDeck looked at work 10 hours a day. Some, including Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, regularly work 16 hours a day, including weekends.
And it seems like early birds really do have a better chance of catching that worm. The majority of these 40 business leaders start work before 9 am. The super-early risers like Mark Cuban and Virgin founder Richard Branson have done three hours of work by the time most other people arrive at the office.
Long after Apple became a mega success, its founder and visionary leader Steve Jobs was still in his office by 6 am every morning. But what was Jobs up to while his employees were still wiping the sleep out of their eyes? Like many deep thinkers, Jobs directed his early morning brain power toward alone work and creative thinking. Awesome Labs boss Bob Troia and Smart Minds CEO Thomas Dannhauser are two more creative types who do their best thinking in the first few hours after waking up.
Now see how all the other business leaders in this infographic plan their days.