Early to Rise


Getting up early in the morning has presented many problems for me. Like many people, I was not a morning guy. When I was in High school I struggled to get up in the morning. My head was filled with smog and cob webs; I just could not think straight at all. As time moved on, I decided that in order to become successful at what I am trying to accomplish, I must get into the habit of rising early. I have come to understand that many successful people begin their daily routine very early in the morning. People like the wrestling promoter Vince McMahan, real estate guru, Donald Trump, Bodybuilding promoter, Joe Weider. In his book Education of a Bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger would end his day at midnight and get up early at six A.M. only getting six hours of sleep. Bob Hoffman from York barbell and former publisher of Strength & Health magazine would only sleep for about three to four hours.

All of the people I just mentioned did not need much sleep, and they all have one thing in common; they were  and are all successful in achieving their goals. After reading and understanding this concept I came to the conclusion that Ben Franklin was correct when he said, “Early to bed, Early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” I decided that I must develop the habit of getting up early to have a kick ass day. I purchased Victor Prides course, “30 Days of Discipline” and went to work. I now get up everyday at 4:30 A.M. to about 5:oo A.M. The previous night I write down what I plan to do that morning when I get up and it works great. On the weekends I do the same beginning the day with my bodybuilding training. Throughout the week, I get up at the times I mentioned, but I perform two or three basic body weight exercises (saving my actual bodybuilding training for the evenings), wash up, eat breakfast and head on to work. Yes, I must work at a wage slave job, but only for now. I currently work in a warehouse where public records are kept. You probably heard or read the story about the warehouse when it caught on fire several week ago. Thank God there was no one there. No one got hurt.

There is this very talented Illustrator from the UK who puts out a very nice blog, , who goes into a similar topic and endorses a book titled ” 30 day wake up challenge.” I might look into this book, but I truly believe that the “30 days of discipline book is a much better course.”

In the picture above you see me with my aunt in church, which begins at 10:00 P.M. I was up at 4:30 A.M. that day. I was up for about 51/2 hours that day. If it looks like I am falling asleep it is because the plan I am currently implementing was in its initial stages when this pic was taken.

I advise you to give the 30 days of discipline course a try. This is a good way to start planning and achieving your goals.

God Bless.

Lewis Delgado – Illustrator





  1. It encourages me to see young wonderful guys like yourself making self improvements constantly. Success is sure to come if you make self improvement a life style Lewis.

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