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Steve Xu 00:00
Why wake up at 5am? Every day to go to your school or selective school? I get this question all the time from parents and students. So like, Steven, are you crazy? Why do you wake up so early? You don’t need to wake up so early. What’s the point? So I want to tell you guys a little story about what happened last year. So last year was 2020, we were in the midst of COVID. And when we’re in the midst of COVID, I didn’t have to wake up early, there was nowhere to go, I didn’t have to go to any office, I didn’t have to go travel anywhere, there was no reason for me to wake up early. And so I developed a really, really bad habit of sleeping really late at like two o’clock in the morning, and waking up really late, like 10, sometimes maybe even 11 o’clock, and it was terrible. It was really, really bad. At first, I just thought, you know what, it’s all good. As long as I get eight hours of sleep, it’s fine. But what I slowly started to realize was waking up at nine or 10, or even later, was horrible.
For my efficiency, I couldn’t get anything done, I’d wake up at 10 I take a shower, it’d be 1030. At breakfast, it’d be 11. And after 11, I’d begin walk and I’d work until like two, and then I’d have lunch. And then you know, I’d have to teach some classes and they go on, and I’d waste you know, all the time, from about seven o’clock to two o’clock doing absolutely nothing but you know, maybe answering a few phone calls and watching Netflix. And I really didn’t like that life. What that lifestyle also led to was me gaining a massive amount of weight. I mean, I went from about 85 kilos, all the way to 103 kilos, so I gained like 17 kilos in the span of, I think maybe eight months. And it was just really a dark, dark time in my life. And so I think earlier this year, around March, April, I decided enough’s enough, I need to make a change, because at the time, the workload of scholarly was just piling on piling on piling on. And don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t like I wasn’t working hard. Early when I was waking up at, you know, 10 or 930, or 11. It was just I woke up later. But now because I had all this work piled up, I was like, You know what, I have to find the time. And it’s not working harder. It’s I need to wake up earlier. And something absolutely profound, something absolutely magical happened.
I set myself a goal of waking up at 5am Because I had all of these role models that I looked up to like Mark Wahlberg and The Rock, and they will talked about waking up at four. So I’m like, Okay, well, I’m not an actor, training for any crazy role. But still, I’ve got a lot of work to do. And I knew wake up early. So I started waking up at 5am. And I remember the first few days that I did this were agonizing, right? Like I couldn’t, I literally had to set like 10 different alarms, it’d be for live fire for 51 for 52. For 53 454-450-5456. It was madness, right. And I would literally have to drag myself out of bed. But by the fourth day or the fifth day, things began to kind of really shift, because I remember I was living in, in the city at the time. And I would go out onto my balcony. And I would just look and everything would be pitch black. And there would be no cars on the road. And deep inside, I just kind of felt this in a piece. And in a strength. It’s hard. It’s a hard feeling to describe. But it’s like an inner strength, because everybody is sleeping, right? The whole city is just like, you know, sleeping, and you’re the only one awake. And it was almost like this mystical thing that I felt inside where I was like, I felt powerful. And I began to work.
Oftentimes, I would get so much work done from five o’clock to 10 o’clock when my employees all came in, that they would be like what, Steven, you’ve already done all this work, you’ve done more more work in the last five hours than you did in the last week. I’m like, Yeah, and I just kept on doing that. And we just kept on getting more and more and more work done. It got to a point that well, we’re always probably getting more work done from that four to five hour window in the morning from 5am to 9am, or 5am to 10am than I would typically do last year, and an entire week. Like literally, I’d be able to read books, I’d be able to write notes, I’d be able to, you know, figure out different solutions to different problems that I haven’t scholarly, I’d be able to figure out different solutions in terms of, you know, delivering great material to my kids. And I was like, wow, this is crazy. And the only thing that changed was just waking up earlier. And so if you’re a kid watching this, and you’re like, hey, you you’re feeling really, really overwhelmed with life. And you feel like there is no exit, you hit a dead end, and you have just this constant stack of tasks. To do that.
Steve Xu 04:49
I implore you to wake up early. You don’t have to wake up at five. Right if you want to. That’s great. You don’t have to wake up at five. But wake up early. Because let’s say for example, if you’re going to school or selective school or opportunity class right now, and You know, you, you go to school or selective school or opportunity class and you go to school or selective school or opportunity class at nine o’clock, right? The typical day would be wake up at eight, you go to school or selective school or opportunity class at nine, you come back at three, you’re really, really tired. And then you play a little bit, you have fun. And then you begin walking up, let’s say for 430, maybe five o’clock, you’re really tired already, because you’ve already spent six hours at school or selective school or opportunity class, and you’re distracted. And so your energy level and your motivation is literally operating at 50%. That’s option number one, right?
That is where most of you find yourself at option number two, is let’s say you wake up at five o’clock, Okay, you go to bed at eight, you wake up at five, and from five o’clock to eight o’clock, you’ve already completed all your trial tests, you’ve done all your work, you finished your homework, you’ve already done three hours of work, you’ve done your vocab, you got to school That is where most of you find yourself at option number two, is let’s say you wake up at five o’clock, Okay, you go to bed at eight, you wake up at five, and from five o’clock to eight o’clock, you’ve already completed all your trial tests, you’ve done all your work, you finished your homework, you’ve already done three hours of work, you’ve done your vocab, you got to school or selective school or opportunity class, and now you’ve already got all your work done before even going to school or selective school or opportunity class. And so when you go to school or selective school or opportunity class, you can enjoy yourself again, there’s no pressure, there’s no feeling as if all wait, I need a you know, you know I need to say my energy because when I go back home, there’s just so much work to do. There’s none of that.
So you go to school or selective school or opportunity class, come back at like four you can really just spend the rest of your day just enjoying yourself and maybe just a little bit of work maybe like half an hour an hour or something like that. read some books, and you’re going to feel just this peace of mind and this space to just operate instead of feeling constantly bogged down, burnt out and worried so if you’re a parent or a student watching this I hope you guys find this useful please let me know what time do you guys go to bed? What time do you guys wake up? If you go to bed really late? How do you feel if you wake up really early? How do you feel? Let me know in the comments below. If you’ve enjoyed this video, give me a like, subscribe to the channel crazy kind of coming out soon. And I’ll see you guys all in the next video. Bye