Why You Should Wake Up at 4:30 AM Every Day, According To A Navy SEAL

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2 years ago

With a busy schedule, Jocko Willink finds time to get everything done by waking up before everyone else does. Willink, former Navy SEAL and author of "Way of the Warrior Kid" explains the one habit from service that he can't shake.
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Following is a transcript of the video:
Richard Feloni: Are there some things from your service that you can't shake? So for example, you still wake up at 4:30 in the morning, to go workout, what was it about your time in the Seals, that you wanted to keep these habits up?
Jocko Willink: They're good habits, why would you not wake up at 4:30?
Richard Feloni: Well what does this bring to you?
Jocko Willink: Waking up early? You just get a jump on the day. The reason I wake up at 4:30 in the morning is because no one else is awake yet, so that gives me the opportunity to do things that I need to get done, kinda selfishly for myself, and the big one in that category is working out. And it doesn't feel good at 4:30 when you get up, but by the time 7 o'clock rolls around, and you've already worked out, and you've already got some work done, and you've got some time to say goodbye to your kids before they go to school? It's infinitely better than sleeping in until 6:45, and you get out of bed, and now you've missed your kids going to school, or whatever. You're not prepared for the day, it's awful.
Feloni: So if someone, maybe they don't have time to work out or they just need something that could be like a quick fix, is there something that you recommend?
Willink: Oh yeah, workouts don't have to take a long time. Workouts can be very quick. Matter of fact, go do two minutes of burpees, as many burpees as you can, in two minutes, or four minutes, or six minutes, go and sprint, go and do anything very intensely, for a short period of time and you'll get great benefit out of it.
Feloni: Something I'm sure you hear a lot is 4:30, like this either just can't fit into my schedule, or if I'm gonna be realistic, I'm probably not gonna wake up at 4:30, what do you tell people who say that?
Willink: Yeah, and there's people that work night shifts, and there's people that it's unhealthy for them, they can't fall as-- it's like no, be healthy, get enough sleep, but, first of all, wake up at the same time every day and, if you pick that time and you start waking up at the same time every day, that's very good for you. It doesn't have to be 4:30, it could be 6:30, it could be 7, I don't know what your personal schedule is, but find out a time, pick it, set it, stick to it, and maintain that schedule, and that's gonna end up better for you.
I recommend it's earlier. I recommend that you go to bed earlier, 'cause what are you doing at night, most of the time? Most of the time at night, you're not working on anything super productive, you're just winding down and watching stupid USshow videos, or surfing the internet, reading clickbait stories, right? Don't do that, instead, go to sleep, and then wake up early.
Feloni: Could you explain that notion of discipline equals freedom?
Willink: If you want more freedom in your life, you have to have more discipline. If you don't have any discipline, you'll end up with absolutely no freedom, you'll end up being a slave to other people that boss you around. There's all kind of problems that can occur, if you don't have discipline in your life. And the more discipline you have, the more freedom you're gonna have.
Feloni: So just the discipline of the Seals, will never-- it's impossible to leave?
Willink: No, it's possible to leave, there's retired seals all over the place that are undisciplined. They've moved on, and they don't care about that anymore. It's fine, I don't judge other people on what they're doin', like they're probably stoked to sleep in and hang out with their kids, and eat breakfast in bed, that's fine. I don't have anything against that. But for me? I wanna get up and go.

Sartec 15 minutes ago
I wake up at 3:00 AM...my cat makes sure of that!
J Wells
J Wells 31 minute ago
Edward Hour ago
I agree, the nice thing about getting up at 4:30 am is that I can take a nap later at 11:00 am and not feel guilty about it.
HAIL STAN 2 hours ago
meanwhile, i wake up at 1 pm
Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen 2 hours ago
Did you ask him when he GOES to bed? A wake-up time is pretty much meaningless if I don't know the bedtime.
Rizal Albar
Rizal Albar 3 hours ago
If some people have a hard time to sleep quickly at night. Sometimes they should evaluate what they have been doing when they are awake at day. From my personal experience, i usually sleep more quickly after i come home and feel very tired when the work was really busy. And i almost can not sleep in the weekend. That's why i'm working out in sunday because i need to get sleep quick so i can wake up early on monday.
Eric Piccione
Eric Piccione 3 hours ago
because of him, I wake up @ 3:55 every day and LOVE it!
Legalize Shemp
Legalize Shemp 5 hours ago
He didn't mention how beautiful the shore looks in the sunrise from the breakers. Remember: If you're about to die, look to your right. You'll never see a sight like that again.
Legalize Shemp
Legalize Shemp 5 hours ago
My philosophy, exactly. Unfortunate!y, I work from 2300- 0800.
Grape 6 hours ago
I much prefer sleeping late, waking up late, working out late, etc. This isn't a one size fits all kinda thing, I prefer later times. You don;t get a "jump" on the day. If you wake up at 4:30 you'll end up sleeping at 8pm while I sleep at 12. You don't get any extra time.
Edward Blue
Edward Blue 7 hours ago
I wake up at noon the day before just to get a jump on the next day
Golden Chariot
Golden Chariot 10 hours ago
I wake up at 4:30am everyday too, and here is why I don't get up. I will wake the kids up and their pissed the rest of the day. And, what the hell can I get done even at 7am nothing is open and nobody is answering phones. Last but not least, any beuracratic paperwork tasks or work that I push out I might be motivated but that doesn't mean the receiving person will process my work. Oh, and as far as working out, unless you've got a state of the art gym in your basement, well again, waking up the kids thing, but going out for a jog that early has led to me being followed, detained and damn near scared for my life as the police think I am burglarizing and at the same time, this early, criminals are out. Well, I wake up at 4:30 because this is what time we were attacked in Afghanistan once. So, I wake up, go back to bed, toss and turn and cherish the extra 1.5 hours without the kids up my ass. Guess all this makes me a weakling then.
Whalers 11 hours ago
I wake up at 4 am everyday just to study for 3hours, like when i did it at morning, im more motivated. When i study at evening/night, im lazy af.
Soviet Red
Soviet Red 12 hours ago
Me:Loves Russia and anything Russian and struggle to find anything on Russian military videos evenknow there are a TON USshow :Na he not need that Me:Watches 1 vid on Navy Seals USshow :SPAM HE RECOMMENDED!!!!
J Macnaughton
J Macnaughton 12 hours ago
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone he had 2 missed calls from this guy
James Dean
James Dean 13 hours ago
Shit I'm going to sleep at 430am. By 930 I'm in ren sleep..
JERRIN THOMAS 14 hours ago
Kanes brother
AngryLion C
AngryLion C 15 hours ago
I used to wake up naturally at 4:30 each day if I went to sleep no later than 10 PM but nowadays it's impossible to go to bed earlier than 12:00 so I can't anymore.
Health Is Your Wealth
Health Is Your Wealth 18 hours ago
Science says you should wake up when you wake up, not at the sound of an alarm clock.
corn syrup
corn syrup 18 hours ago
Who else clicked on this video already knowing they won't get up at 4 : 30 ?
Naman raj
Naman raj 19 hours ago
Congo Bill Gates watched you.
David the white ball
David the white ball 20 hours ago
Me watching at 4:30 watching this
Robert Deebach
Robert Deebach 20 hours ago
Navy 1969 to 1973 , still get up at 4 in the morning. Good time before the world starts vibrating.
joe nicolella
joe nicolella 22 hours ago
430 workout ?? No thx
Jonathan S
Jonathan S Day ago
"sleeping in until 6:45" LOL
Peter Davila
Peter Davila Day ago
Yep. I just retired and I continue to get up at 5 AM. I'm excited with all the projects that I have in my retirement. Each day, I can't wait to be up that early to get to work on them.
Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer Day ago
Did you know that all special forces including Navy SEAL tactics were derived from Native American martial arts studies? And that Native Americans took your flags in training exercises? This is why we enjoyed an 83 to one kill ratio.
Eric No name
Eric No name Day ago
shit I go to bed at 9 and get up at 2 or 3. I work out then too. Love running in the early morning listening to the birds talk.
J Wells
J Wells Day ago
It's easy to check you...." Former Navy Seal".... Where was BUDS training, what team were you on, what class were you in, when did you serve, what's your name? I hopes its not " oh my Buds was in Virginia" " TEAM 17 OUT OF SAN DIEGO" or some other BULLSHIT thats easy to prove. Run into WANNA BE SEALS ALL THE TIME..... And ask 3 basic questions that EVERY SEAL KNOWS! 99% who talk it? Cant answer my 3 basic questions. And when they can't? And claim to be a SEAL? THAT MY PEOPLE IS A FELONY!
Baris Cankaya
Baris Cankaya Day ago
And here is me playing video games till 6 am and waking up at around 5-6 pm lmao
J K Day ago
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The Mongoose
The Mongoose Day ago
I do. It sucks. Just coz 'navy seal' dont mean they know shit about everything except swimming and fighting. Bus driver says get up at 4am every day! Why is his opinion more valid than mine???
Stephan Otto
Stephan Otto Day ago
sometimes I can't sleep between 2 and 4am. The 2 hours from 5 to 7 am are my most important sleeping hours in the day. So best thing I can do to make my day as unprductive as possible is getting up bevor 6ish.
Julian B.
Julian B. Day ago
Success comes in many different forms. Waking up early works for you. You don’t need to do this to be successful obviously.
98DemonZ28 Day ago
but I wake up at 3:30am every morning
Brad Denty
Brad Denty Day ago
Sing it out brother! I get up between 4-4:30. Works great for triathlon training
Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley Day ago
He comes across uneducated, unread - almost dumb.
Aethris 123
Aethris 123 3 hours ago
Ah yes ofcourse. Apparently stating your routine is just unacceptable and it's dumb for you to do so even though this is based on his experience.
Meliodas 14 hours ago
He was a navy seals he is everything but that.
Filip Arsovski
Filip Arsovski Day ago
i really dont see the point of this. I tried waking up early, but i just end up wasting even more time. Besides if i actually wanted to work out i could find a time for that at any point in the day. If i dont want to workout then my wake up time wont matter at all cuz im not gonna workout anyway...
Sweatcoin Giveaways
Sweatcoin Giveaways Day ago
Wake up at 4:30 to pray Fajr
The Raging Gamer
The Raging Gamer Day ago
I tried waking up at 5:30 to do some jogging but it fucked me over in secondary school