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Why I can’t ever rule the world 2010-Jul-06 at 07:10 PDT

Posted by Scott Arbeit in Blog.
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Not that I haven’t been accused of trying, mind you….

From Why morning people rule the world, by Philip Delves Broughton, 05-July-2010

The problem is that those with the genetic gift of “morning-ness” tend to be more highly rewarded. Morning-ness is perceived as a sign of activity and zest, whereas evening-ness implies laziness and loafing. How often did we have to see David Cameron on one of his early-morning runs to get the idea that here was a leader of potency and vigour? How different would it have been if he slunk out of bed to work, then exercised at around 8pm? Could a Prime Minister be elected today who worked like Churchill, reading, writing and thinking in bed before getting out of it at noon?

History is full of great bores praising the virtues of early rising, but few have made the case for letting the day drift by until you kick into gear around happy hour.

Yet the research continues to mount, arguing that evening people have qualities which should be nurtured. They tend to be more creative, intelligent, humorous and extroverted. They are the balance to morning people, who are said to be more optimistic, proactive and conscientious.

I am an “evening person” by this definition (except for the extroverted part).  Obviously, I’m optimistic like morning people are.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy the early morning hours… I do, really.  But I’m not terribly alert during them.  They’re not good for getting stuff done.  My best time is from around 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM, and so, particularly now that I’m just doing my own thing, I’ve gravitated to sleeping somewhere around 2:00 AM – 9:30 AM or so.  I feel so much better on this schedule.  I’ve always said that I could get twice as much done at work if I could just work the second shift.

So what’s my Integral angle on this?  Let’s start treating morning-ness and evening-ness as a typology, and not as one is right and one is wrong.  That’s what Orange does.  We know better.  Imagine a white-collar workplace where it doesn’t matter – at all – when you show up.  That’s what I’m talking about.  If I ever start a company, that’ll be the rule.  Just be productive, and I don’t care what time you work.  Telecommuting available and optional, too.



1. Bryan Kopp - 2010-Jul-06 at 08:58 PDT

Dig it! “My size fits me”, instead of the classic “one size fits all” mentality. Breaking the mold of being productive ala someone else’s terms and making work for your best typology…awesome!

2. Scott Arbeit - 2010-Jul-06 at 10:25 PDT

There had to be something in Integral theory I could find to give me an excuse for not wanting to wake up early….

By the way, I spent years getting up before dawn, working for my father in wholesale food distribution, so it’s not like I haven’t done it. I just prefer not to. And I’m also open to changing as I get older. For now, please don’t call me before 10:00 AM PST. :-)

3. Domenica Galluccio - 2010-Jul-17 at 03:57 PDT

Funny, that was exactly my rule when I was in charge and after people realized that I was serious and it wasn’t some sort of a test we all got along just fine. great minds…

How are you, Scott?

Scott Arbeit - 2010-Jul-17 at 12:53 PDT


I couldn’t be better, really. Seattle, writing, playing poker, great friends, new love… my life is as good as it gets right now. Until it gets even better, which it seems to be doing a lot lately.

No point in even trying to talk about everything here… and I’m really happy to hear from you. What are you up to?

Write, call, find me on Facebook, whatever. I’d love to catch up a bit.


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