Why You Should Wake Up at 4:30 AM Every Day, According To A Navy Seal

Why You Should Wake Up at 4:30 AM Every Day, According To A Navy Seal

With a busy schedule, Jocko Willink finds time to get everything done by waking up before everyone else does. Willink, former Navy SEAL and author of “Way of the Warrior Kid” explains the one habit from service that he can’t shake.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Richard Feloni: Are there some things from your service that you can’t shake? So for example, you still wake up at 4:30 in the morning, to go workout, what was it about your time in the Seals, that you wanted to keep these habits up?

Jocko Willink: They’re good habits, why would you not wake up at 4:30?

Richard Feloni: Well what does this bring to you?

Jocko Willink: Waking up early? You just get a jump on the day. The reason I wake up at 4:30 in the morning is because no one else is awake yet, so that gives me the opportunity to do things that I need to get done, kinda selfishly for myself, and the big one in that category is working out. And it doesn’t feel good at 4:30 when you get up, but by the time 7 o’clock rolls around, and you’ve already worked out, and you’ve already got some work done, and you’ve got some time to say goodbye to your kids before they go to school? It’s infinitely better than sleeping in until 6:45, and you get out of bed, and now you’ve missed your kids going to school, or whatever. You’re not prepared for the day, it’s awful.

Feloni: So if someone, maybe they don’t have time to work out or they just need something that could be like a quick fix, is there something that you recommend?

Willink: Oh yeah, workouts don’t have to take a long time. Workouts can be very quick. Matter of fact, go do two minutes of burpees, as many burpees as you can, in two minutes, or four minutes, or six minutes, go and sprint, go and do anything very intensely, for a short period of time and you’ll get great benefit out of it.

Feloni: Something I’m sure you hear a lot is 4:30, like this either just can’t fit into my schedule, or if I’m gonna be realistic, I’m probably not gonna wake up at 4:30, what do you tell people who say that?

Willink: Yeah, and there’s people that work night shifts, and there’s people that it’s unhealthy for them, they can’t fall as– it’s like no, be healthy, get enough sleep, but, first of all, wake up at the same time every day and, if you pick that time and you start waking up at the same time every day, that’s very good for you. It doesn’t have to be 4:30, it could be 6:30, it could be 7, I don’t know what your personal schedule is, but find out a time, pick it, set it, stick to it, and maintain that schedule, and that’s gonna end up better for you.

I recommend it’s earlier. I recommend that you go to bed earlier, ’cause what are you doing at night, most of the time? Most of the time at night, you’re not working on anything super productive, you’re just winding down and watching stupid YouTube videos, or surfing the internet, reading clickbait stories, right? Don’t do that, instead, go to sleep, and then wake up early.

Feloni: Could you explain that notion of discipline equals freedom?

Willink: If you want more freedom in your life, you have to have more discipline. If you don’t have any discipline, you’ll end up with absolutely no freedom, you’ll end up being a slave to other people that boss you around. There’s all kind of problems that can occur, if you don’t have discipline in your life. And the more discipline you have, the more freedom you’re gonna have.

Feloni: So just the discipline of the Seals, will never– it’s impossible to leave?

Willink: No, it’s possible to leave, there’s retired seals all over the place that are undisciplined. They’ve moved on, and they don’t care about that anymore. It’s fine, I don’t judge other people on what they’re doin’, like they’re probably stoked to sleep in and hang out with their kids, and eat breakfast in bed, that’s fine. I don’t have anything against that. But for me? I wanna get up and go.

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91 Responses

  1. MegF says:

    I go to sleep at 4:30AM.

  2. Uncle Putin says:

    Have you ever seen anyone who looked like they were BORN to be in the military more than this guy? “Why would you NOT want to get up at 4:30 AM? You could get a jump on your day, do a quick workout, hunt down and capture Bin Laden.”

    • Lance Heaps says:

      Served in the Army four years rarely did I ever get up at 4:30. First formation was at 6:30. I usually got up between 5 to 5:45 depending on if I lived on base or not.

    • R.L. Gray says:

      Bin Laden was CIA.. he was past being a seal.. he was a spy.

    • John Ren says:

      You gotta ambush the day if you don’t want the day to ambush you… Each day launches its daily ambush at 4:35 so you got a 5 minute head start with his plan. Smart.

    • Hermit Wizard says:

      Be back by 7:30 am for medals and breakfast with the kids.

    • Hermit Wizard says:

      Billy Lauwda Ewww you bathe before shitting? That’s gross.

  3. croguy says:

    He seems pissed and angry. Maybe he should sleep in a bit.

  4. Kai says:

    no offense to this guy but he talks about being a slave to other people without discipline but wasn’t he just a slave for everyone else? following orders, doing this and that just because someone told him to? he literally signed up for a job as a slave.

    • Kobe Mendoza says:

      Your right but who else is going to do it for like little to no pay

    • rts says:

      Kai I guarantee you are slave yourself and dont even know it. We’re all slaves to something or someone.

    • Nirvana Of Monkasar says:

      Kai Right get a job have some responsibilities then ask the same question to yourself.

    • Send Help says:

      Was is the key word. Now he’s probably living better than you.

    • Stephen Butler says:

      Miles Ralls na he signed up for a pay check. I served and never met anyone that served few duty. Primary reason is either Adventure or lack of other options. (ie no qualifications. They stay for the pay check, AND though loyalty to their team.

      We worked in 8 man teams called sections. Once the section members dwindle, through transfer, leaving service or death, it’s then you start to question what your actually doing. As for the most of the time, your fighting for them guys, not the country. No one care about that shit. We just wanted to play with weapons and have fun.

      The government gave us that path, all the same guys that joined up, would of still joined up no matter where they was from. As it’s the adventure they wanted.

      20 years since I left, and if I knew then what I knew now, I’d never of joined up. Saying all that, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s was great.

  5. Ediel Morales says:

    The only time I’ll wake up at 4:30 is to go back to sleep

  6. CenTz says:

    wake up at 4:20 is better they says

  7. Johnny Valencia says:

    I can tell you a thousand of success stories of people who never wake up before noon, it’s not about being self-disciplined or about living your life under rigid rules. Nobody holds the manual for success, just live your life the way you wanna live it and you’ll be fine…

    • Miles Ralls says:

      Itz Akuma yeah no kidding.

    • McDonDoggyDooz says:

      Tell me all thousand success stories…

    • Jason Khan says:

      100 percent agree! That’s TRUE freedom!!!!

    • SmoothRide says:

      Right. Copy and Save your comment. Then you can remind yourself why
      your life doesn’t amount to hill of squat.

    • Loucas Symeou says:

      The success he talks about isn’t just monetary. It involves money yes but extends further to also include mind body and soul. Robin Sharma also speaks about the 5am club. He has the 20/20/20 formula. Check it out. For instance get up at 5 spend first 20 mins doing some exercise so you break a sweat this releases BDNF then spend next 20 going through your journal then spend next 20 on reading something productive. Then you can spend next hour discovering what you truly want from life. This is the time you actually get to think really think without any disruptions. That’s the another fantastic benefit the world is still asleep so there’s no distractions. This may be in the form of educating yourself on your current job to increase your knowledge and productivity or going through your goals and spending time listening to positive motivational videos, podcasts etc.. This stuff does work I’m currently in the process and have seen results in all the departments we’ve spoke about.

  8. Vair says:

    I woke up at 4:30 to study for a test today and was telling my friend I wanna try waking up at 4:30 more often and i come home to this video recommended to me

  9. Jack Liu says:

    This comment section gives me headache, so many people missied the point of what hes saying instead they just pick one part of video they dont like and rant about it.

    • Roland Bujeiro says:

      Jack Liu. I completely agree. Its just a lifestyle that agrees with him. People read to much into it and get their pantyhose up in a bunch over nothing.

    • Jack Liu says:

      Roland Bujeiro I think hes core message is also pretty clear in the video: have a routine, displine lifestyle. Which is something im lack of, lately ive been struggling to sleep early and wake up early.

    • Alex Camacho says:

      Have a kid that’ll make you wake up early as hell, or no sleep at all

    • dean bibby says:

      Now your ranting about other people instead of getting a jump on your day

  10. My Highness says:

    “sleep in until 6:45” damn dude i sleep in until 1 pm

  11. adegiare says:

    Wake up 4:30 for a week, sleep for a week

  12. Wolfsong says:

    I, an intellectual, watching this at 4:30 AM, not having slept yet

  13. Mike Music and Motivation says:

    Stay single sleep whenever you want and not join the army

    • SmoothRide says:

      Right. Serve no one and only think of yourself. And be a
      good little liberal democrat LOSER! Don’t worry…others will
      gladly protect your God-given right to accomplish NOTHING.

    • Ben Jenkins says:

      I don’t get what your trying to say: that everyone should join the army?
      or that everyone should serve at least some time?
      Either way, you are wrong to assume that he will accomplished nothing… Elon Musk never served in the army, and will be more successful in changing the world then any USA soldier could do. Well, I think anyone with a degree in STEM could accomplish more than a USA soldier could do; what do they do besides killing innocent people and waging constant wars for oil all in the name of freedom?

    • John Doe says:

      +SmoothRide
      The only thing US soldiers protect is the interests of their terrorist imperialist government abroad. Period.
      Stop lying to people and pushing your fantasy agenda. People woke up since the Iraq war ended and they discovered it was for nothing but the oil and launched over false accusations.

    • Le Enderman says:

      SmoothRide Right. Because invading other countries that didn’t attack us surely accomplished a whole lot of nothing! Resource guarding is SO brave. 😂😂😂

    • Zekian says:

      Grow up. It’s better for you, and the people close to you.

  14. Vet Villain says:

    Its sad whats going on with the SEALS with all the drugs and sexual assualt cases………..see what happens when you dont get any sleep 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • SmoothRide says:

      Right. And see what happens when a person wastes their time
      listening to Left-wing propaganda media lies….YOU.

  15. Ken Mendoza says:

    I wake up at 8 am and I still feel great.

  16. Uriah Siner says:

    It’s currently 5:42 am. I haven’t gone to bed yet.

  17. Kazalex says:

    Did he just call 6:45am a lie in?

  18. Life Insider says:

    We Muslims wake up every day at 4:30 to pray

  19. Carsla Peyton says:

    i wake up at 6:00 a.m. getting closer… but, let’s not undermine productivity! just because you wake up earlier doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more done! misconception. ❀ @viixoviixovii

  20. Jason C. Rochon says:

    It’s easy to wake up at 4:30am when you go to bed at 9pm

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