A day in the life of an HSBC exec who wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work out, always eats green, and studies at Stanford in her free time
Melania Edwards is always on the move.
The HSBC exec, who’s part of the bank’s Global Venture Capital Coverage Group, works from two Northern California offices an hour apart. She previously worked across Asia, Europe, and the US training senior executives to lead the international bank by putting them in top roles across different businesses around the globe.
On a typical day, she gets up at 5:30 a.m. to meditate, check in with friends and family in different time zones, and play tennis. She walks to work and spends her workday connecting venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies to HSBC’s global network.
She recently broke down her daily routine for Business Insider. Here’s what her day looks like.
What’s puzzling is that some people would find this kind of lifestyle desirable. Reminds me of this (definite) parody found on LinkedIn:
I wake up every morning at 4 AM and go for a 10 mile run followed by an hour lifting weights.
I try my best to read the local newspaper and at least 1/4 of a book before I leave for work at 8.
I have completely cut out meats, veggies, and fruits from my diet because I don’t want to damage anything on earth. I eat 100% Soylent.
During my lunch break I build houses for the homeless and then hire them at my job as a public service.
I answer no less than 300 emails an hour… all personalized.
Before I leave work I remind my friends that LinkedIn isn’t a dating site in case they forget.
After work I instruct hot/cold yoga in a room-temperature room… right before I head off to provide my spiritual advice to local religious leaders.
I am currently writing my 10th book.
I also created the Fidget Spinner.
I am the most interesting person on LinkedIn.