This is going to be a pretty interesting topic. Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be a strong correlation between great wealth and great health. I’ve studied a lot of business titans and I’ve noticed that many of them lived a pretty long life. John D. Rockefeller lived to 97 years old. W. Clement Stone lived to 100. David Rockefeller (grandson of John D. Rockefeller) lived to be 101. Cornelius Vanderbilt lived to be 82. Andrew Carnegie lived to be 83. That’s just a few names out of many people. These guys lived so long because, in my opinion, they understand how important it is to remain in a state of great health. I’d even venture to say that they also understood how it affects their wealth.
Sidenote: I used business titans from a previous generation because the medical world wasn’t as advanced as it is now. Despite that fact, these guys lived really long lives during a time when the average life expectancy was anywhere between late 40’s to early 60’s. One can reasonable say that these guys were able to pull this off because they could afford the best medical technology available at that time. Be that as it may….
Sidenote #2: Some of you may be wondering why would I write an article pointing out the benefits of maintaining good health only to show how it correlates with wealth. Surely it is possible to have one without the other. I’m directing this article primarily at entrepreneurs because in the haste to get wealthy, many of us may push ourselves to the point of abandoning our health. That being said…..
Taking care of yourself is vitally important because of course you want to be around to enjoy your wealth and life in general. There’s no fun in accumulating a fortune and then passing away shortly after. For that reason alone, it’s worth keeping your health in order while pursuing wealth.
Here’s the most important reason. When your body is in a state of optimal health, it becomes a lot easier to focus on your goals. When your body is in a state of poor health, it becomes extremely difficult to focus on anything — except how bad you’re feeling. In pursuit of our goals, our main tool is our minds. So we have to make sure we’re keeping our minds clear. A lot of self-help authors give you ways and methods to relax yourself mentally, but hardly any of them talk about how important physical health is. And actually, both are equally important. Bad mental health can lead to bad physical health, just like bad physical health can lead to bad mental health. So, we’re going to work on keeping both our mental and physical health in optimal shape.
When a person’s body is enduring bad physical health, the brain isn’t able to concentrate very strongly. In fact, it seems to be all over the place. Don’t believe me? Try to hold on to a single thought for just 10 seconds. Chances are, you weren’t able to do it. You see, our brain is a lot like a radio station in that it receives and sends out vibrational frequencies (this sounds new age’y but this has been shown to be true). And bad health weakens your brain’s ability to transmit these vibrations. This is because bad health leads to bad feelings, and bad feelings leads to lack of desire. Without desire, the vibrational frequencies transmitted by the brain is very weak. The better off you are physical health wise, the stronger your brain puts out vibrations. Better health leads to less blockage in your brain’s ability to do what it does best. This is pretty interesting, because Napoleon Hill hinted at this same concept in The Law of Success. But the world is a lot different now than it was when Napoleon Hill was living. So, today we’re dealing with way more distractions, plus the quality of our diet has deteriorated.
The same concept, in which the brain puts out stronger vibrations when the body is in a state of great health, is something I believe that the elittes have known all along. This is why most of them take very good care of themselves (with rare exception). This is another reason why in today’s world, we have a plethora of pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, contaminated drinking water, and a lot of other damaging elements. All of these things are damaging to our health. Since they’re damaging to our health, they weaken our ability to focus, which also weakens our brain’s power. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t ignore the obvious. And let’s be for real, in order to avoid those traps, it takes money. Why do you think the wealthy eat at high-end restaurants that serve REAL food while the poor eat at fast food restaurants? Same goes for grocery shopping. The wealthy shop at places that sell REAL food while the poor shop at places that sell a bunch of crap. Yeah, it really is that deep.
I know, I know — this is the point where some of you will begin to ask for solutions. For now, I’ll keep it really simple but I’m gonna expand on this in future articles. In the mean time, I’m going to recommend some viable solutions that can be done right now.
(Disclaimer: Nothing I state is to be taken as a substitution for professional medical advice. The foregoing content is mostly aneccotal.)
- To achieve optimal health, changing your eating habits is the most important thing. You don’t have to go vegan, vegetarian or any of that “plant-based” bullshit but what I found to work best is consuming mostly whole foods. A whole food can be defined as food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives (source: Dictionary.com). Ideally, you’d only consume foods that are minimally processed. But because we are human and we desire tasty things, we crave sugary things and other “bad foods.” It’s perfectly okay to consume such foods within reason. Me, personally, I follow an 80/20 format, which means that I’m eating whole foods 80% of the time and enjoying my pleasure foods 15% of the time. Oh, and by the way, there’s no such thing as a bad food, there are only bad diets.
Physical exercise is also important. I’m not saying that you have to become a body builder, but it does help to do some resistance training in order to increase your body’s muscle mass. I personally prefer a mixture of weights and body weight resistance exercises. But what I really want to emphasize is cardiovascular exercise. I typically do 12-15 minutes of cardio per session. Why so little? Because my cardio regimen consists of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). But, you don’t HAVE to do HIIT. I do HIIT because my goal is to burn as many calories as possible within a short period of time and to also get the many other benefits from anaerobic training. If you just want to indulge in cardio in order to get your blood flowing and to improve your health, going for a long walk and/or jogging will do. Actually, any type of aerobic is acceptable. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do any of what I’ve mentioned. All you need is space and your body. What you will notice after completing your cardio session is a state of relaxation.
The last health solution I want to discuss is mental exercise — consisting of activities such as meditation, yoga, etc. Sitting down in a quiet place and calming the mind for 10-15 minutes a day is vital. If you can do it for longer, I suggest you go for it. Meditating provides a host of not only physical and mental health benefits but this is usually when a person stumbles upon their greatest ideas.
Meditation allows a person to tap into their inner-consciousness which is connected to an energetic force that we’ll refer to as “Universal Mind” or “Infinite Intelligence.” The masses of people call it god. By going to this source regularly, one not only feels better and more at peace, but their real-world mental skills become sharp. They concentrate better, they arrive at ideas and decisions faster and more efficiently, etc.
Conclusion: There you have it. In today’s fast-paced world of convenience, health is often abandoned in the pursuit of wealth. But we now understand that we’d do better by paying attention to both. Don’t get me wrong, being in a state of good health isn’t a requirement to achieve wealth, but it helps in a major way. As I alluded to earlier, I’ll be posting books and other sources that will expand on the 3 proponents of health I discussed previously…so stay tuned.