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By Linh Ta,
Rod Johnson, co-founder of local coffee company BLK & Bold , fully embraces the identity of "morning person" — and now "Iowan" after moving to Des Moines from California three years ago.
State of play: As an entrepreneur running the state's fastest-growing private business, he likes to begin his days with some "me time," enjoying a quiet start and watching the sunrise.
Here's how Johnson starts his day:
⏰ Wake up: 5am. Out of bed by 5:30am.
🍳 Breakfast: A banana, kiwi or some piece of fruit.
📚 What he's reading: Emails first.
💡 Pro tip: For other Black Iowans interested in becoming entrepreneurs, "Don't be deterred by the haters," Johnson says.
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