Interview: Good Morning Influence!


Mornings can be tough, even for the most seasoned of businessmen and people of influence. We interviewed Al Riyadi Club President Hisham Jaroudi and Mr. Georges Chehwane, chairman of Plus Holding, to find out how they spend their mornings.

What time do you wake up in the morning?

Hisham Jaroudi: I wake up at 5:30 a.m. every morning.
George Chehwane: I am an early bird, I wake up at 6 a.m.

Your favorite morning routine activity:
Hisham Jaroudi: First a glass of water & a cup of turkish coffee, then my morning walk on the Corniche.
George Chehwane: Check all the local newspapers and news websites. Read some international news as well.

What does your breakfast time look like?
Hisham Jaroudi: I have my breakfast around 7:30 a.m. (usually some labné with Arabic bread) while reading the newspaper.
George Chehwane: Black coffee and Cereal.

What is the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
Hisham Jaroudi: Everyday is a different day for me, so that depends on the work that needs to be done. There’s no routine in my work, which gives me something to look forward to every day.
George Chehwane: Meeting with managers at the Holding. Quick recap and plan for the day.

How important is sleep to your life? How many hours do you get a night? Do you take naps?
Hisham Jaroudi: I don’t sleep much. It’s definitely a waste of time. I get amaximum of five to six hours (sometimes less) and if I get too tired in the afternoon, I rarely take a 10 to 15 minute nap. Sleep isn’t very important to me. It’s just a way of getting some needed rest to become active again.
George Chehwane: I get the sleep I need which is not more than 4 hours.

Your favorite morning mantra/ saying to get you through the day.
Hisham Jaroudi: I believe that God almighty has a plan for each of us, so whatever happens during the day, happens for a reason. I can only say “Al-Hamdu Lillah.”
George Chehwane: “This is the beginning of a new day. I can waste it or use it smartly. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever but what I achieved will not be forgotten.”