A group discussion exercise
Some people like to get up in the morning have leisurely cup
coffee on they read the newspaper. Others like to get every
possible moment of sleep and have mastered the art of
hitting the snooze button without even opening their eyes.
The time you wake up in the morning and relationship to the
start of your workday could be an indication of your wealth
according to Thomas Corley. In his book Rich Habits: The
Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Corley reports
that 44% of wealthy people wake up at least three hours
before the workday starts while only 3% of poor people do
A 2013 study done by the Harvard Medical School found
that sleep deprivation caused American companies or the
$63.2 billion in lost productivity annually. Unfortunately this
report does not break it down based on pay scales so we
do not know if the sleep deprivation is caused by lower
income employees waking up late rushing to work or
wealthier employees who wake up early because of sleep
apnea or some other cause.
Sleeping patterns is just one of 10 key differences between
wealthy and poor people reviewed by Corley in his book.
From personal development to the way we handle our
finances he was able to find dramatic differences in the
thought processes and lifestyles of these two economic
In his research, Corley defines wealthy people as those
earning $160,000 or more annually and poor people are
those earning less than $30,000 per year.
“What do you think about this theory?”
“When do you wake up?
“Is it worth a try to set your alarm clock early during a job
search or during the first 90 days of a new job?
There are no correct or incorrect answers to these
questions. The point is to get people talking and thinking
about new approaches to a job search or into how they
handle their daily routines.
Use this for job search or time productivity workshops and
This is an experiential learning exercise developed by
Max Impact. More complimentary exercises are available
at getmaximpact.com for use by coaches, facilitators, and