Your morning routine can quite literally set the tone for the rest of your day. You can purposely set your alarm an hour early just to hit snooze a dozen times, or you can rise with intention and take control of your life. This one small decision can have a profound impact on your overall success each day.

Luckily, we get attempt after attempt to get this right because it’s a form of self mastery that doesn’t come easily. But thanks to Make It Cheaper, we have a very clear picture of what some of the world’s most prominent and successful business leaders are doing every morning – and guess what, there’s a pretty obvious trend.

Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Business Magnate and Philanthropist

Branson, an exercise enthusiast, starts his days out right with fruit salad and muesli, a crunchy mix of oats, seeds, dried fruit and nuts. Branson sometimes combines his high-fiber breakfast with some smoked fish, known as kippers, for a protein boost.

Cheryl Bachelder of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, CEO

Bachelder mixes up her breakfast food choices depending on whether she is on the road or staying home. When travelling, Bachelder prefers rye toast paired with scrambled eggs and bacon. When she has more time in the morning, she likes to eat steel-cut oatmeal in the comfort of her own home.

Jack Dorsey, Co-founder of Twitter and Square, CEO

Packing a protein punch, breakfast for Dorsey includes two hard-boiled eggs with a savory splash of soy sauce. It’s the perfect fuel for his body to tackle the early-morning jogs that he loves.

Brad Lande, Head of Birchbox Man

There are few things healthier for breakfast than a green smoothie, and Lande has perfected the perfect morning drink. With kale, bee pollen, blueberries, bananas, almond butter and coconut water, Lande’s delicious smoothie infuses his mind and body with lots of nutrients to start the day right.

Payal Kadakia of ClassPass, Founder and CEO

Who says you can’t get a good breakfast while on the go? Kadakia thrives on a Starbuck’s venti citrus green tea every morning and the drink’s delicious taste and energy boost keeps her productive all day long.

Katherine Power of Clique Media, Co-founder and CEO

Full of vitamins and nutrients, the breakfast that Power chooses consists of a fried egg on toast with avocado spread. Whether she’s heading to the gym or a business meeting, Power can have confidence knowing that she’s made a smart breakfast decision.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, CEO

There is always an exception to the rule and Mark Zuckerberd seems to be that exception. What does the world’s best-known entrepreneur eat for breakfast? Zuckerberg admits that he simply eats whatever he wants and whatever is convenient. His decision to focus on other things besides breakfast has obviously served him well, and as long as he has fuel, he’s happy.

What Successful Business Leaders Eat for Breakfast #infographic

You can also find more infographics at Make It Cheaper

Perhaps knowing what some of the greatest men and women in the business world have for breakfast might inspire us all to do a little better with our first meal of the day and improve ourselves one bite at a time. No matter what you choose for breakfast, getting a nutritious bite to eat in the morning is one of the best ways to generate the energy you need. So be your own boss and pick the breakfast food that is most likely to bring you success at whatever you are tackling today.

Take a look at the infographic by Make It Cheaper to see what other things these super successful men and women are doing each morning that you can add into your own routine. We see common trends among these innovative leaders and their start-of-the-day habits.

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