Everyone loves the story of the rabbit and the tortoise.  The problem is that no one wants to be the tortoise even though he wins.  So why are people wanting to be the rabbit?  Here’s my story.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • The Rachel Hollis Podcast
  • Waking up at O Dark Thirty.
  • The Daily Focus


Rachel Hollis – Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis Podcast – RISE

Tony Robbins Netflix – I’m Not Your Guru


Morning everyone and welcome to this episode of the path 1 million. This is episode 142. The other day I was scrolling through, I use this app to listen to my podcasts. I don’t use the default Apple app. I use this app that’s called Overcast. And I’m scrolling through there and I was checking out different podcasts that were available. And I think before I told you about how I read the book by Rachel Hollis, that’s called “Girl, wash your face” and absolutely love that book. And I think that book could actually be like more applicable to both men and to women as I read it. But I thought it was really good. And actually it was a book that Sherry recommended that I read. And come to find out, Rachel also has a podcast. So I thought, well, I’ll check out her podcast. And she’s talking about the concept of,

and I talked about this before last week, about how we are in the last 90 days of the year. So what are you going to do to set yourself up for success for these first nine are these last 90 days of this year so you can be successful as you roll into next year. And she was talking about how they had a website, I think it was called “Made for More” and you could sign up for it. You could get emails that would coach you through it. And there was like, I think there was like five tenets that she was asking everybody to everybody to make. And one of those tenants was like, for instance, to drink more water. You know, a lot of people out there for it. A lot of health experts out there say people need to drink more water, they’re just not drinking it.

But the one thing that I thought was interesting out of the five tenants that she listed, one of them was you need to commit to get up an hour earlier, every single day. And the reason why you need to have this hour get up an hour earlier every single day is so that way you have an hour so that you can read the book or work on the book that you want to write or do you want to publish or you want to do everything else. And you know, of course you said obviously if you’re, you know, a new mother or new parents or whatever it is and you can’t get any sleep. Don’t try getting up an hour early. But this is like if your kids are grown, whatever. Anyways, I thought the concept was interesting because I’ve often told people that, you know, I get up early in the morning because I’m extremely selfish about my time and that is to say that it would be very easy for me to go to bed nine, 10, 11 o’clock at night and sleep until six or seven in the morning and just get up and start working.

But it was something that I learned at one of these business development groups that I attended that the guy in charge of the group was telling everybody that he gets up at three o’clock every single day.  Because those first three to four hours of the day is where he gets the most done. He gets the most personal development done. He gets his exercise in, he gets, he does all these things. And at first I thought he was just crazy, right? Like who in the world gets up at three o’clock in the morning to make that happen? But I thought to myself, you know what, it’s not for me to judge. I’m going to start doing this as well. So I started setting my alarm at three in the morning and believe you me, it was for a little bit

it was like, it was horrible. But now it’s gotten to the point where I really treasure this time. Like when my alarm goes off at three o’clock I can’t wait to get up because once I get up and I know that after I climb out of the shower, I get to see it and read my books. I get to sit and I get to write. I get to think about my Facebook live and all the creative things that I get to do and nobody bothers me. Nobody’s bugging me, nobody’s texting me. Nobody is saying, “Hey Cliff, can you do this for me?” Nobody’s saying anything like that. And the reason why I love that so much is because like I’ve said before, I’m on this 1% journey quest and that is because I realized that every single day’s activities help to go to support that overall message or that overall goal that I have. And that is the only way or the only time that the day that I can do that. Because once it starts to get to be seven or eight o’clock, all of a sudden I have these people starting to put a demands on me and like, “Hey Cliff, can you work on this?”

Or I’ve got obligations to my clients or I’ve got meetings that I have to attend. Or I’ve got errands to run and right now I’m packing up my life and moving out of the house. Right? So there’s all these other things that come into play. And you know, and I, and I realized that this is the time in the morning where I get to move my life forward. Right. These, these activities that I do in the morning and I have no problem breaking up. I have no problem with going smaller cause it was like a lesson that I learned, especially when I was in college was the fact that you know, you can’t get your degree instantaneously. It’s a grind every single day. And being selfish with my time throughout college, the further I got in my college career when I, when I became a freshman and sophomore to junior and senior, something I thought about the other day was the fact that I became extremely selfish with my time as I got into my senior year.

The classes were way more demanding. There was a lot more, there was a lot more work. I think somebody wants told me that for every credit that you take, it takes three hours every single week. Mine was more like 30 hours for every credit that I took when I became a senior. It was just a struggle every single day. But putting in that time and getting more selfish with my time, obviously I couldn’t go out with my friends as much as I used to before. And of course they’re like, you know, thinking that I’m blowing them off or whatever it is. And I just explained to them, I’m like, I’m not blowing you off. But you know, this is important to me and I have to keep this momentum going. I have to be very selfish with my time and carve out these times for me to be able to do these things right.

And it’s kind of like reminds me of the story of the tortoise and the hare, right? And it’s about how it’s a slow prodding progress every single day that will ultimately win the race. But what was interesting of course was my friend Ryan Fletcher the other day, he wrote something that I thought was interesting. He goes, you know, everybody loves the story of the tortoise and Hare, but nobody wants to be the tortoise, right? Everybody wants to get to the finish line as fast as they can, but they know that the tortoise is going to win. But the slow plodding work every single day as something that they don’t like to do. So, you know, when I talk to people and I say, yeah, I just get up earlier in the morning and that’s how I’m able to accomplish these things, or read these books or keep up with, you know, my own personal development, whatever it is.

You know, the reaction, the reaction never surprises me. Cause most people say you’ve gotta be crazy. There’s no way on the planet that I could get up earlier in the morning if I wanted to or whatever it is. I love sleep too much, or I love this, or I love that and dah, dah, dah, dah. And that’s fine. It’s all about the personal choices that people make. But the really successful people that I’ve met, even watching, you know, Tony Robbins, “I’m not your Guru” online. That guy gets up super early in the morning every single day. He’s got a morning routine every single day where he focuses on reading, on development, on his gratitude exercises, his physical activity, everything else. He’s doing this super early in the morning. And when you take a look at the patterns of these really successful people, they follow the same kind of thing. They’re getting up earlier in the morning to be able to do those activities that are important to them.

So that is how I focus on keeping myself moving forward and always making sure that I’m progressing. You know, my lesser self would love it if I stayed in bed. And there are times where, you know, especially on the weekends where I’ve woken up at three o’clock my body’s just like, “Oh no, we can’t do this today.” I’m like, “We have to do this today.” And I roll out of bed anyways and I drink a cup of coffee. This might mean that I have to take a short nap in the afternoon. I don’t care. But my time in the morning is precious because you got to keep that ball moving forward somehow. Some way you have to look at the fact that when, if you saying to yourself, I don’t have enough time, the question you need to ask yourself is, “How can I make more time?”

You know, how can I make more time to do those activities that are important to me or that are going to move the ball forward, that are going to help me be either a better person or a better employee for that matter, or a better consultant, a better business owner, a better contributor to my community. But you need that time. You need to set aside that time and make that time precious and guard it selfishly. So anyways, that’s all the time I got for today. I hope you enjoyed that little story. I will be back again tomorrow with another story as we continue to progress through throughout the week. I hope you guys have a fantastic day and I will see you tomorrow.