The early bird catches the worm.

This proverb was told to me by my father. He explained to me that what he meant was that a successful day starts early in the morning before anyone else wakes up. What he meant was that going the extra mile, doing things that other people don’t or won’t do is the best way to of going after something that others are also striving for.

This saying was first recorded in John Ray’s A Collection of English Proverbs in 1670.