Today I was just reminded of the time I was a junior and senior in college at SUNY Stony Brook. While my friends were sleeping at 4:30am, I was standing at the Long Island Railroad waiting for the train to take me to Manhattan for my internship at Sony Music Entertainment. Back then the motivation aside from the school credit was to potentially get a job. I never got the job, but they became my first client when I started my first company.
I learned to wake up early in 2009 when I was in graduate school and I needed to keep up with my school and work full time at STOKED. The only way to get everything done was to wake up early. I got advice from Steve Pavlina on how to condition myself to become a early riser and it really helped. I was able to keep up on everything and eventually got my MPA.
Having a child has changed my sleeping habits. As my son got older, his sleeping habits were more predictable….I’m now able to get some regular sleep. However once again, I find myself needing to wake up early to get all my commitments done- and this is also part of my 30 day challenge.
Yesterday, I saw that a major donor was in town via social media. He is a really successful entrepreneur, businessman, snowboarder. He recently stepped down from his company that he took public over a year ago. I’ve always admired him and wanted to spend time talking to pick his brain.
I texted him at 8pm asking if he’ll be in town the next few days.
He replied back saying that he’s flying out at 7am. I could meet him in the city at a show or at 6:30am the next day for coffee at his hotel.
I asked if he could do earlier….(so we can have more time to talk).
He said yes to 6:15am.
I got up at 4. My usual time this month. Read for an hour. Ran for 30 minutes.
Showered. Got dressed. In my car by 5:45am.
I arrived at his hotel by 6:00am.
He came down at 6:15am.
It took us a while for us to get reacquainted. Then his driver called.
On the phone he asked his driver if he could take me back to the city so we can continue our conversation.
While on the phone I asked, “Are you flying out of LGA or JFK?”
He replied, “I’ll explain…”
When he got off, he said, “When you work hard and sell your company, one of the benefits is that you get to fly your own plane.”
So he flew across the country to a small airport in NJ and stayed in the city.
My jaw dropped.
So I spent the morning in the car driving to the airport, and a little bit in airport’s pilot lounge talking, getting advice, and asking him questions.
Moral of the story is, I’m glad I know how to wake up early so I can take advantage of opportunities like this.
I had to write this story down just so I can remember it.