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Editor's note: This week, we're sharing a series of classic essays from DailyWealth editor Steve Sjuggerud. Every day, Steve will share his insights on how to live a better, healthier, and happier life. Today, he shares something he calls the Sjuggerud Advantage...

How to Be Dramatically More Productive, Successful, and Wealthy

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Monday, August 1, 2016

A few years ago, I was out to dinner with a couple of the most successful guys I know – and they were giving me a hard time.
They were ribbing me about what Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry calls the "Sjuggerud Advantage."
Hey, I can take it... The Sjuggerud Advantage, as I'll explain, is a major secret to my life's success.
The nice part is that anyone can do it... The Sjuggerud Advantage requires no special skills. Let me tell the story...
We were at the Prime 112 restaurant in Miami Beach. It's a hip restaurant today, no doubt. As we were leaving, rap star Rick Ross was stepping out of his Rolls-Royce and walking in.
Dinner was great... But my definition of a great dinner is "good times with good friends." I don't need a fancy bottle of wine or an unpronounceable delicacy to enjoy a meal.
Around 9:45 p.m., I started checking my watch... And Porter and the other guys at dinner gave me a bit of a hard time...
You see, I don't drink. I don't normally go out for fancy, three-hour meals. And most important, I go to bed early and get up early.
Porter was giving me a hard time about missing out on some of life's finer things. But I know these are parts of what Porter calls "the Sjuggerud Advantage."
I've heard Porter tell others: "You don't see the benefits of the Sjuggerud Advantage across a day or two. But over time, it adds up. The guy gets a lot done."
It might sound silly. But I think the most important part of the Sjuggerud Advantage is simply getting out of bed... and doing it an hour earlier than anyone else...
"Getting to work early is such a common virtue of successful people that I'm tempted to call it the single most important thing you can do to change your life," my friend Mark Ford wrote in his book Automatic Wealth. Mark is a self-made multimillionaire.
And I agree with him...
I get more done in the first two hours of my morning than I do in any other four-hour stretch during the day. More important, I get my BEST work done then – with no interruptions and no distractions, just focus.
I probably take it too far... I've come to like driving the streets when they're empty, before the sun has come up. I think it's partly because I know I'm going to get A LOT done.
And I've found that once it gets past 10 or 10:30 at night, I'm not very productive at all. I'm tired, I'm sidetracked thinking about the day's problems, and I'm better off calling it a day and starting up fresh in the morning.
While Porter would likely tell you there's more to it, I think simply getting up early is the big secret of the Sjuggerud Advantage. It's the big secret to getting a lot done.
It requires no special skills to get up a half-hour or an hour earlier than you usually do. And most of the extremely successful people I know get their days started very early. It's a simple thing, but it could have a dramatic effect over time.
As Porter said, you might not see the benefits after a day or two... But they add up. You get a lot more done early in the morning... And ultimately, you become more successful than the next guy.
It costs you nothing, and it could make you dramatically more productive, successful, and wealthy.
It has certainly worked for me. I think it's the biggest part of the Sjuggerud Advantage.
It's so simple. But most people don't do it. Based on what I've described, though, isn't it at least worth trying?
Good investing,

Further Reading:

Wealth-building expert Mark Ford shared a story that illustrates how successful people use their spare time. Learn how to become one of these people right here.
"Many times, the things/experiences that give us the greatest joy are free," Mark writes. "But oftentimes, money is involved. And when that's the case, we have to weigh the cost of the thing/experience against the pleasure we will get from it." Get the full story here: How to Buy Happiness.

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