‘Shark Tank’: How Do the Sharks Start Their Day?
All self-made millionaires, the business moguls on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank each have their own path to success. There are some simple disciplines they each follow as part of their daily routine that helps set them up for a productive day. Check out some of the details!
Mr. Wonderful goes for stocks instead of Starbucks
Kevin O’Leary definitely takes a “rise and shine” approach each day. “I wake up at 4:30 a.m.,” O’Leary said according to CNBC. Though he only sleeps about six hours per night, O’Leary has mastered the art of the power nap. “My secret power is napping anywhere.”
O’Leary does about 45 minutes of a cardio workout before heading to the office. He’ll also “read the news, check the stock markets, have a cup of coffee and get my day started,” O’Leary told CNBC. As for the coffee, O’Leary keeps it simple. “Do I pay $2.50 for a coffee? Never, never, never do I do that. That is such a waste of money for something that costs 20 cents. I never buy a frape-latte-blah-blah-blah-woof-woof-woof for $2.50… I drink coffee, one cup every morning. It costs about 18 cents to make it, and I invest the rest.”
Corcoran keeps it simple
When it comes to real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran’s daily routine, the kickoff to her day sounds the same as many other people.
“I get up, brush my teeth, feed my little puppy, get my daughter out to school and then I work out for an hour,” Corcoran told Entrepreneur. “If I have a little bit of time, I go out and I weed my garden. That’s instead of a shrink, because it gets rid of all my problems.”
FUBU king focuses on fitness in the morning
Founder of clothing brand FUBU, Daymond John sees the beginning and end of the day as vital. “In my book Rise and Grind, I studied 20 people who are wildly successful to know what they do in the first and last 90 minutes of their day,” he told Entrepreneur. “I used to work out in the evening because I wanted to decompress, but after talking to people from my book I started to work out every single morning. I’ve become hungrier and more driven. I even discovered that working out in the morning shortened my work week because it made me more productive.”
Speaking of exercise …
Robert Herjavec’s brain is working on a deal as soon as he gets out of bed. “When I wake up in the morning, I’m thinking business but I’m thinking opportunity,” Herjavec told Ladders.
He also sees opportunity in staying physically fit, comparing success to exercise. “Success is rarely accidental. Success is rarely something that just shows up at your doorstep when you wake up in the morning. Exercise is a microcosm of life,” Herjavec told Men’s Health. “You’ve got to show up… It’s an opportunity every day to challenge yourself and to prove to yourself that you’re worth it and you have potential and you can achieve anything you want.”
‘Queen of QVC’ does not follow the old adage
Early to bed, early to rise? Not for Lori Greiner. “I love to go to bed at 2 a.m.,” Greiner told ABC News. “I’m a night owl. I get energized at night… I typically wake up around 9 a.m. I’m not a morning person. I get on the treadmill at midnight. I love it. I watch the shows I’ve recorded. It puts me to sleep.”
Much of her day is spent mentoring aspiring business owners. “I’m helping entrepreneurs,” Greiner told ABC. “I’m working with my team. I do the legal at the helm, contract negotiations, the creation of products… I’m really busy.” Though when filming Shark Tank, Greiner’s schedule shifts. “I get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed at 11 or midnight,” she told Parade. “Those are long days.”
Cuban holds court to clear his mind
Mark Cuban starts his day at 6:30 a.m., according to Vanity Fair. “The first thing I do when I’m laying in bed still is, I’ll grab a phone and start going through my email,” he said. Cuban chooses to cross the most stressful tasks off his to-do list first, then catch up on news, drop off his daughter to school, and go through about three to four hours worth of emails, which he prefers to meetings. “I get 700 emails a day… I’d rather do 700, even 1,000 or more, emails than sit in long and tedious and boring meetings,” Cuban said. Before going to bed at 11 p.m., he’ll give his inbox a final check.
The ritual Cuban adds to his day is when his basketball team, the Dallas Mavericks, are playing a home game at the American Airlines Center. According to Inc., Cuban shoots some solo hoops a few hours before tip-off. “One of the dreams that came true in owning the Dallas Mavericks is I get to go out on the court and just get up shots,” Cuban told to Vanity Fair. “There’s no better way for me to de-stress and (forget) all the aggravation of the day.”