Why Your Business Will Fail If You Don’t Look After Your Health

As you read this, I’m getting sliced and diced on the operating table. (Unless, you know, you’re not reading it the instant it was published. Whatever.)

Having this surgery means I won’t be able to fly to the US for the World Domination Summit this year, as I intended. If I do, I could get a blood clot and die on the plane. I’ve written before about how WDS literally changed my life and set the wheels in motion for me to start my business.

And this is an optional surgery. I don’t have to have it. Wait, that makes it sound like I’m getting a boob job. I’m not. I’m having a torn ligament replaced in my knee. I’ve done without that ligament since October 2012 (in fact, I tore it approximately two weeks after I made my first money from writing). So why am I having the surgery now, instead of going to WDS?

Because my health is my number one priority. And it should be yours too. (Er, your own health. Although I am flattered.) Having this surgery means I will be able to play sports again, to exercise harder, faster, longer, more explosively. To sprint without my leg giving way. To jump without crashing to the ground afterwards.

And that shit is important. Because if your health is fucked, so is every other aspect of your life – including your business.

How Your Health Can Impact Your Business

Energy levels
If you don’t get enough sleep or eat the right foods, you will basically be a zombie. You won’t have the energy you need to do the tasks that will keep your business going. And your business will fail, or be a total misery to run at the very least.

Ideas
You won’t get any ideas either. Definitely not any coherent, good ones, anyway. And ideas are kind of important in business. You need to keep innovating, coming up with newer, better ways to serve people. Because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everything – EVERYTHING – is always changing. Your business won’t stay the same. Neither will mine. Sometimes I look at Untamed Writing and I say, ‘Hey, is this what I’ll be doing in 40 years? That would be weird, but I also can’t imagine ever doing anything else’. The key is to keep changing, keep flowing with everything else. Basically: keep improving. So: keep having ideas.

Concentration
If you eat Coco Pops for breakfast and then try to get to work, your brain is probably going to be all over the fucking place. Hi Facebook! Hi Twitter! Hi Pinterest! Jesus Christ. Running your own business isn’t a brainless task you can do while you watch Netflix in the background. It requires actual concentration, and coherent thoughts, and the ability to sit down and do the work.

Stress levels
Everyone knows being in bad health can increase your stress levels. But running a business is stressful enough without pisspoor health adding to it. Why compound the problem?

Productivity
If you’ve got energy + ideas + concentration + no stress, you know what that means, right? PRODUCTIVITY. Which, as we all know, is the one thing you absolutely must nail if you’re going to be in business. If you don’t produce anything, you don’t have a business.

Keeping healthy is one of the best things you can do to grow your business. Though I’m not about to dole out health and fitness advice because, well, you already know what you need to do, right?