This is not a long book (192 pages in print) and it is an easy read… or listen. I listen to audio books while I walk 2-4 miles every morning. Some people like the solitude of an early morning walk. Unless I’m in a particular mood, the quietness drives me crazy. So audio books work for me.

(As an aside, I get most of my audio books from my local public library. They are electronically downloadable and automatically delete from my smart phone when they are due so I never have late fees. Our library also has electronic books for checkout and download (Kindle, etc.) You should check to see if your library has electronic loans.)

Through anecdotal and scientific evidence, Laura Vanderkam shows us what habits seem to be common among successful people. She is not just talking about career or financial success. She presents the first-in-the-morning habits that help people take control of their lives and realize their goals/dreams… success on their terms.

The answer in a nutshell is “self care.” The most successful people pretty much all make exercise an nearly inviolable part of their day. Then they feed their mind/spirit through prayer, reading, journaling, meditation, whatever. Some also include relationship maintenance, like having breakfast with the family.

I recommend you read the book. I am not one of  “the most successful people,” but I aspire to be and I found this book practical and motivational. I credit this book and “The Power of Habit” with helping me develop a sustainable exercise routine.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life (A Penguin Special from Portfolio) by Laura Vanderkam—ebook/dp/B007K3E2YK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1450793456&sr=8-2&keywords=what+the+most+successful+people+do+before+breakfast

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