Wheaties. Coffee. A workout and a shower. Such morning rituals may work for many. Others require something far more specific or idiosyncratic--like these five entrepreneurs. 

Eric Casaburi, Founder and CEO of Retro Fitness

"I lie down on a bed of nails. Getting physically uncomfortable helps me make better decisions when I'm under stress. I'm constantly challenging my mind and body to think differently and understand discipline and adaptation."

Gabe Flateman, Co-founder and CTO of mattress company Casper

"I play the keyboard. I studied music composition at Brown, and I still make sure music is a major part of my life. I'm in a Prince cover band, so I play a lot of his stuff."

Karoli Hindriks, Founder and CEO of tech-gig marketplace Jobbatical

"I take a hot bath. With a green tea, if possible. If I have an early call or flight, I have my bath at 4 a.m. If my hotel room doesn't have a bathtub, I negotiate an upgrade by being really, really nice."

Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO of Walker & Company

"I spend an hour and a half reading essays and plays. I just finished Hamlet, Samuel Kirkham's English Grammar, and Churchill's Painting as a Pastime.

Angie Hicks, Co-founder of Angie's List

"I start cooking dinner. We're a big Crock-Pot family."

The Morning Habit That Will Put a Positive Spin On Your Day
From the June 2018 issue of Inc. Magazine