I enjoyed many things about this Fast Company profile of political consultant Bradley Tusk, who they describe as "Silicon Valley's favorite political fixer." You should click the link and read the whole thing! But my favorite part was his morning ritual, which is either A) a self-aggrandizing lie B) Tusk actually showing a flash of humor and punking us all or C) a Hannibal-esque portrait of a man so obsessed with painstaking ritual that dining with him is probably a bad idea.
Tusk, whose early-days agreement to help Uber fight New York's attempts to regulate the company netted him a rumored $100 million stake in the company, serves a bevy of clients including weed delivery company Eaze, lawsuit-prone cleaning company Handy, and arguably illegal gambling business FanDuel. All of which sounds very stressful! But Tusk has a radical morning ritual of self-care that likely washes all that startup-yuck away, reports FC.
Friends and enemies alike describe Tusk as a machine of intense efficiency and ambition. On most days...he rises at 5 a.m. and then planks, prays, journals in a gratitude notebook, works out, meditates, reads four newspapers, takes vitamins, and makes a smoothie.
Tusk offers more details on his routine in an INC piece from July:
I believe a strict morning routine is critical to having a productive day. Here's mine:
- I wake up at 5 a.m. You think better in the morning.
- I read four newspapers (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and New York Daily News).
- I meditate (badly, but it does stimulate my subconscious and help me come up with ideas).
- I pray (I'm not sure it matters if you have a religion or even believe in God; praying is a good way to think about the people you love).
- I write in a gratitude journal.
- I make a smoothie (for me, it's ginger kombucha, apple cider vinegar, Greek yogurt, spinach, blueberries, turmeric, cinnamon, coconut oil, protein powder, oats, and flaxseed).
- I take vitamins and supplements (multi, D, B, omega).
- I plank, stretch, and foam roll.
- I work out (weights three times a week with a trainer, step mill twice on my own).
- And then I get dressed (working in tech usually exempts me from having to shave or put on a suit, so that helps).
I have so many questions! For example, so he stretches, and then works out? Current thought suggests that he'd get the most benefits from reversing those activities. Also, he consumes that super funky smoothie before he works out, so he's like, burping kombucha all over his trainer? Finally, do you think his gratitude journal contains anything other than "That $100 million worth of Uber" over and over again, a la "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"?