I recently wrote an article about how Benjamin Franklin was the first personal development blogger…
And of course this led me to the idea to write this article…
As many of you already know the beginning of Franklin’s quote goes… “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
I had a major brainstorm about this quote and exactly what it means. Here are some of my thoughts…
First of all I am not sure if the early part matters as much as the getting enough sleep part. Everyone has different sleep requirements but I would say that most people fall in the 7-8 hours of sleep a night category whether they want to believe it or not. And yes, it is possible to both over sleep and under sleep.
However, maybe the early part does have something to do with it?
So what does early do for us?
Well I can think of at least one thing. If we go to bed early that means that we aren’t sitting up all night watching tv. We aren’t up all night partying and drinking alcohol. We aren’t up playing video games. And we aren’t up doing many of the unproductive things people do at night.
Could we possibly be healthier by not doing these things? Could we possibly save money if we weren’t doing these things? Is not doing these things a wise thing to do?
Now what about waking up early?
Could we hit the gym or go for a morning run or walk if we got up earlier? Could we actually have the time to eat breakfast in the morning if we got up earlier? Could we spend some time reading about something that could improve our job situation or money situation in the morning? Could we wake up a little earlier to post a blog article we have been meaning to write? (wink wink) 😉
Will the above things help us to be healthier and wealthier? Will we be less stressed? Would it be wise of us to do such things? I think you all have to agree with this…
Not many healthy things happen late at night. And we tend to lose more money then we gain at night. Yet in the morning we see people who have habits that make them healthier and wealthier. They don’t hit the snooze button 10 times because they stayed up so late doing very unproductive and sometimes counter-productive things. The healthiest, wealthiest, and wisest people I know go to bed early and wake up early so that they can practice the habits that go along with being healthier and wealthier.
So if you sit down and really think about it like I did. You will come to realize that. It’s not really about waking up early or going to bed early. It’s about what people do at night, and it’s what people do in the morning, that makes them healthier, wealthier, and wiser for their decisions.
So in the spirit of Franklin I will leave you some other great quotes on the subject matter… Enjoy…
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united. – Humboldt
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. – William Londen
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. – William Penn
Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another. -Richard Bach
Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded. – Goethe
I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. – Ernest Hemingway
The first wealth is health. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. – Tony Robbins
The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. – Thomas Jefferson
He, who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything. – Arabian Proverb