Everyone asks me, “Grant, how do you stay so disciplined? Don’t you ever burn out?” Well, this is the one and only way I start every day to build, maintain, and 10X my success.

The reason why I get asked these questions is that people don’t start their lives at the top, no matter who they are. That includes me. 

For those of you who don’t know, I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. My widowed mother raised me and my siblings on the small life insurance settlement my father had left behind. I didn’t make things easier for myself by getting in with the wrong crowd. 

By 25, I had debt and substance issues. That’s when I began to turn my life around and chose to start every day the same way.

Racing the sun: how I start every day

The first thing I had to do to get my life moving in the right direction was not to learn a new skill.

It was self-development.

At that time, it was more important that I could depend on myself. 

So, I decided to develop routines and discipline. That way, I could trust myself.

For me, that meant making sure I was up before the sun rose in the morning. Getting up at the same time every day gives me a sense of control. It shows that I can trust myself to do what I say I’m going to do. 

It shows ME that I am dependable. 

To this day, I beat the sun up every morning — no matter where I am in the world. 

You don’t need to do much

Listen, waking up early isn’t going to make you successful by itself.

What I am trying to say is that to turn things around for yourself, you’ll have to develop three or four tasks that you do every day. These small exercises will strengthen your discipline and trust in yourself.

In turn, you’ll have confidence to go after the big prizes in life. 

I wrote all about the process in my bestselling book, The 10X Rule. If you haven’t read it yet, make it an integral part of your bookshelf. You’ll thank me later.

Be Great,

Grant Cardone  

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.

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