Habits Of The Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
How similar are you to Bill Gates, Richard Branson, or Walt Disney? After all, you’re both human, right?
You’re practically a brother or sister. Congrats. You share the common theme of being human. But that’s not close to half the battle. You're missing something else. Are you healthy? Are you wealthy? Are you wise?
There I was. A fat, out of shape, high school football player dominated by Doritos. I was ADD. OCD. And a chubby/very strong athlete. I tell you this because my life changed forever when I became healthy. My mind sharpened. It led me to absorb and learn at speeds most people could not fathom.
This leads me to outthinking, out strategizing and creating a team in my pursuit of wealth. Not just financial wealth. But life wealth.
I encourage you to explore your pursuit of being healthy, wealthy and wise. And as you do, follow their lead.
Habits Of The Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
These are some of the biggest names in business and life. You’ll see, to reach their peak, they adopted healthy, wealthy and wise habits.
Maybe there was a sprinkle of luck.
A habit of all who are healthy, wealthy and wise, is they have an insatiable appetite for constant and repetitive learning. Sure, you may have read before that Warren Buffet reads a lot. But it’s not that he just reads a lot.
"Buffett's decision to limit his activities to a few kinds and to maximize his attention to them, and to keep doing so for 50 years, was a lollapalooza. Buffett succeeded for the same reason Roger Federer became good at tennis...Buffett was, in effect, using the winning method of the famous basketball coach, John Wooden, who won most regularly after he had learned to assign virtually all playing time to his seven best players...And Buffett much out-Woodened Wooden, because in his case the exercise of skill was concentrated in one person, not seven, and his skill improved and improved as he got older and older during 50 years."
But it doesn’t just stop at reading and learning.
Napoleon Hill documented the success of Andrew Carnegie. One of Andrew Carnegie's rules of success was to think accurately. Accurate thinking is
"the ability to separate facts from fiction and to use those pertinent to your own concerns or problems.”
The mental habits of the wise are to learn daily. Go deep. And think things through.
How can you apply this to your life?
To me, my emotional habits are…
"I want to wake up and do the things I love. I love spending time with my family and people close to me, creating products & teams, and building my legacy. I also love meeting amazing people who, together, we can positively impact each other's lives.”
It's about being around great people. People who better me as a person and hopefully I can do the same thing for them.
Maybe at some point, I pulled that from Richard Branson as it’s painstakingly similar.
For him it’s
“...all about doing something to be proud of, bringing talented people together and creating something that's going to make a real difference to other people's lives.”
The only difference between us is…oh, $5B dollars and a few parachuting trips.
It’s painful to watch people eat themselves to death. Or watch them sit to obesity.
Your health is all you’ve got. Sure, some things are beyond your control, while others are right in it.
Nelson Mandela did not leave his health to chance. Even in prison.
“On Monday through Thursday, I would do stationary running in my cell in the morning for up to forty-five minutes. I would also perform one hundred fingertip push-ups, two hundred sit-ups, fifty deep knee-bends, and various other calisthenics.”
Or Bill Gates who...
“Instead of bragging about how late he works and how sleep-deprived he is, Gates makes sure to get seven hours a night, because he says he can't be creative otherwise.”
One of the richest men on earth, who sleeps. You’d be surprised how common this is. You only hear about the ones who never sleep.
Sure, they say money doesn’t buy happiness, but it sure buys comfort.
To be wealthy, you have to be comfortable and happy. Money without happiness is useless. But you damn sure can be happy without money.
Take it from the leaders on how to build wealth.
Bill Gates is conservative with cash.
He said at one point
"I wanted to have enough money in the bank to pay a year's worth of payroll even if we didn't get any payments coming in, and I'm true to that almost the whole time," he told an interviewer in 1998. "We have almost $10 billion now, which is pretty much enough for the next year."
John D. Rockefeller lived frugally. It was written best by saying…
"And though he now could afford just about any conceivable entry in the expenditures column, Rockefeller continued to live frugally — relative to his vaunted station in life, of course. He bought and built large houses, but they were always relatively modest compared to what he could have afforded, and what his fellow robber barons constructed. Inner-directed as he was, he designed and decorated his homes not to impress others, but merely to please himself and his family, and chose a style that eschewed ostentation. This discretion was not only related to his frugality, but also to his aforementioned reserve — he liked to live in a way that masked the true size of his fortune."
He also believed that to get wealthy, you must have a purpose beyond getting wealthy. Two famous quotes drive this point home:
“I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money’s sake.” –JDR
“The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.” –JDR
How are you going to be healthy, wealthy and wise today?