By Michael Watt
There’s a business lesson to be learned from today’s blog: No matter how hard you try, no matter how early you get up in the morning, there’s always somebody else out there trying to do you one better.
Take my daily regime, for instance. Most weekdays the alarm goes off at 4:45 in the AM and usually I am out the door and on to the gym by 5:05. I get there more often than not just in time for the 5:10 spin class. The class is led not by Attila the Hun, but by the girl who broke Attila’s heart when she ripped to shreds the heart he cut out of red construction paper for her on Valentine’s Day in Kindergarten.
So I’ve got a head start on the world, right? Wrong. Even when I breeze into the gym just minutes after it opens at 5 AM, there are already a few dozen people hard at work at the various machines. Sometimes I think they’re not real people – just humanoids placed there by the gym owners to make the place look busy. I want to ask each and every one of them: How do you do it? How do you hit the gym so early and with such eagerness?
And believe it or not there’s not a Dunkins Donut cup of coffee near the place. So much for America running on Dunkin Donuts.
So as much I want to feel smug and superior to those of you who do NOT arise before the sun to get your sweat on, the realization that so many others do, in fact, beat me to the punch keeps me humble. And it also reminds me that each and every day the sun comes up, my competitors are out there – looking to do me one better. That will get you out of bed in the morning!
Thank you for reading this blog.