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Tech CEOs and executives in Silicon Valley display unique peculiarities that inform the success of their companies, and which is able to seem reasonably extreme to the average person. Most normal people couldn’t manage 3.45 am wakeups or going without vacation for nearly 10 years. We look back the habits of 10 tech CEOs, founders, and execs who have developed seemingly unusual or unique habits in a bid to keep their companies successful. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When you run the most valuable company, or one of the most valuable corporations, in the world, it takes considerable personal resilience to get ahead.

Executives from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Apple CEO Tim Cook have spoken about the punishing routines they follow to stay on top of task. Musk invests birthdays at the Tesla offices, while Cook barely gets any sleep.

While reviewers suggest such habits amount to “hustle porn” that will lead most people to burnout, Cook says he for one doesn’t view what he does as extreme.

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Writing on his blog, billionaire entrepreneur, investor and world Tv star Mark Cuban claims he was so hellbent on “making it” as a businessman when starting his first company that he didn’t vacation for seven years.

In the same post, he writes that “business is a 24 x 7 undertaking where someone is always out there to kick your ass.”

Elon Musk’s bureau birthdays Scott Olson/ Getty Images

Even workaholics take a break for their birthday.

In a tweet, the South African-born Tesla CEO said he would spend his 48 th birthday working on “global logistics, ” while he described his 47 th birthday as an “all night- no friends , nothing” 24 -hour shift at Telsa’s offices in a 2018 New York Times interview.

As if that wasn’t enough, he applied the same interview to say he hadn’t taken a weeklong vacation in virtually 20 years.

Marissa Mayer’s 130 -hour weeks Reuters/ Kevin Lamarque

If Elon Musk is famous for working 120 -hour weeks, ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer started 10 paces further when at Google, reportedly pulling of 130 -hour weeks as standard.

In a 2016 interview with Bloomberg, she said: “The other part that gets overlooked in the Google story is the value of hard work. When reporters be talking about Google, they write about it as if it was inevitable. The actual suffer was more like, ‘Could you work 130 hours in a week? ‘. For most of us, the answer’s probably no.

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