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  • Hey, it’s Marie Forleo. And you are watching Marie TV.

  • The place to be to create the business and the life that you love.

  • And today, it’s Q&A Tuesday.

  • Today’s question comes from Sia and she writes:

  • Hey Marie, there’s a saying: the early bird catches the worm, but I have to admit I have never been fond of mornings.

  • Even as a child, I loved my sleep and my most energetic hours are from 10AM to 1PM or 8PM to 10PM at night.

  • I sometimes feel judged and labeled as lazy by my husband and others because I’m not an early bird.

  • I feel late risers get a bad rap and that I can be just as or even more productive than a person that gets up early.

  • What do you think? Can this night owl catch a hefty mouse instead of a measly worm?

  • Thanks Sia.

  • Sia, this is such a divisive topic.

  • That’s probably because weve all been conditioned to think that the only route of success is being an early riser.

  • And, you know, I will admit, late risers do get a bad rap but here’s the thing:

  • each human being comes with their own chronotype, their own sleep preference,

  • meaning we come pre-programmed to either be an early bird or a night owl.

  • Now can you change this?

  • In theory, yes you can, but it is very very difficult to change your natural body clock.

  • And the world does have an undeniable bias for morning people.

  • I mean, in stock photos, therere always the ones having a great time like this,

  • and night owls always look like this.

  • Night owls like yourself may always feel like youre kind of at war with the world.

  • I mean that’s because school schedules and work schedules often demand early starts and that can create something called social jet lag.

  • Youre always feeling sleep deprived and youre always feeling tired because youre trying to adjust to a schedule that’s not natural to you.

  • But here is the bottom line: it doesn’t matter whether youre an early bird or a night owl.

  • You can be productive and happy no matter what, and they both have their advantages and their disadvantages.

  • There are loads of productive night owls and a few famous ones include president Obama, Bob Dylan and French novelist George Sand.

  • And great early birds like Ben Franklin, Condoleezza Rice, and Ernest Hemingway.

  • So here’s the deal Sia, this whole conversation comes down to respect.

  • You have to respect your own body clock and you got to respect others.

  • So when it comes to work and getting things done, really honor your most productive time, and at the same time, honor those people around you.

  • Now it’s true that as a night owl youre going to have to work a little bit harder and be a little more accommodating

  • but that should just give you more fuel to kick some major ass and prove your husband and whoever else thinks youre lazy dead worm.

  • You know what, speaking of your husband, first thing you gotta do is show him this video, and next thing you gotta do is sing him this song.

  • So Sia, let's wrap this up with the twitterable

  • No human believes that any other human has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. Robert S. Lynd.

  • Now I would love to hear from you.

  • So, late owls, have you ever tried to change your nature or have you embrace how you are?

  • Do you have any great tricks to share with the rest of us?

  • And for all you early birds, what’s your experience like with the night owls?

  • Do you have any advice to share with how you honor and respect the differences?

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  • So get yourself there and leave me a comment now.

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  • Thank you so much for watching and I’ll catch you next time on Marie TV.

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Should You Wake Up Early: Night Owls vs. Early Birds

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