This article for goldfish:
- When you’re physically fit, it’s likely you feel better mentally.
- When you’re mentally in a good place, it’s likely you’ll acquire and apply knowledge more effectively.
- When you acquire and apply knowledge effectively, it’s likely you’ll find more opportunities to build wealth.
This article for humans:
Not in any shape or form as impressive as the Pyramids of Giza, I present to you: The Pyramid of Personal Growth. With the help of this schematic, I’ll do an attempt to explaining why building wealth starts with a morning run.
Mental Health builds on Physical Health.
Sleep, diet and exercise are the cornerstones of Physical Health.
Physical Health in turn, has a direct impact on how you feel. The physical fit often feel more energized and have a more positive outlook on life. This effect is not only noticeable on the long run, it’s noticeable in the hours after an intense workout.
Knowledge builds on Mental Health.
Not often an important part of the curriculum at school, but not less important: taking care of your mental health. It’s easier to learn and to apply knowledge when you’re mentally in a good place.
Self-love, self-discipline, resilience and the ability to choose how to act on your emotions are all incredibly important, especially in high-pressure environments (and these are often the environments where the most Wealth is created).
Wealth builds on Knowledge.
Knowledge is power in today’s society.
You don’t have to be the strongest of your tribe like in the Bronze Age. You don’t have to inherit your power from a favorable bloodline like in Medieval times. In many places (not all!) you can build considerable wealth if you have the brains and gut to do so.
The bad news: Ivy League universities are still expensive as fuck. The good news: if you have time on your hands and a stable internet connection, you have access to more than enough knowledge to get you started. It won’t make you a heart surgeon, but you might be able to learn a thing or two about business or coding.
If you have a bit more to spare, books are often a good investment.
The Pyramid of Personal Growth is complete.
This is not to say that everyone who is wealthy is in good shape (physically or mentally). It’s not to say that everyone who is wealthy necessarily knows a lot. Some people are born into wealth, or got wealthy by a stroke of luck. Both situations have little to do with personal growth.
Do all people who created their wealth from scratch score high when it comes to health and knowledge then? Not necessarily. However, you’ll often find that they were healthy and knowledgeable enough at the time of creating their wealth.
You’ll always be able to find exceptions, of course.
The fact remains:
- You’re more likely to build wealth when you’re knowledgeable.
- You’re more likely to acquire and apply knowledge, when you’re mentally in a good place.
- You’re more likely in a good place mentally, when you’re physically fit.
The great thing is, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get a mental boost. A couple of morning runs will do. You don’t have to absorb all the knowledge in the universe to create wealth. Specialized knowledge will do.
Start with the foundation, work your way up.
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