“Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon.” ― Mark Twain Mark Twain lived in an era of self help books and ambitious go-getters. In protest, he wrote Early Rising, As Regards Excursions to the Cliff House , all about the perils and madness of early rising. The writer of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn , is of course, an authority on all aspects of life and work. I wonder though if Mr. Twain too easily surrendered early morning to those hyper-productive worker bees who are annoying at the best of times, but unbearable in the early morning hours? I used to be one of these. In my younger days, I remember occasionally calling a few wealthy investors with urgent news in the early morning hours. I would ask, "did I wake you?" Without fail, they would say "no" and sometimes, "no, I was looking forward to your call." Back then, the guys with the expensive houses and cars would never admit that they slept.