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“You Can’t Have It All If You Are Not There” – Paul Blackburn Talkes About “The Money Mindset”

As entrepreneurs we are often so focused on building our business, marketing our products and maybe our own personal development, that we neglect to think about our personal health and well being.  But what is the point in creating a successful business, if in the process we have neglected our health and we are not in a position to enjoy the fruits of our labour?

I’m currently reading a recently published book called “Think And Grow Rich Cashflow”, by  Stuart Zadel.  This is essentially a compilation of 7 chapters written by 7 of the highest paid entrepreneurs in the world, covering a variety of subjects.  I’m still working my way through the book, but one of the chapters that has caught my attention is written by Paul Blackburn on “The Money Mindset”.

Paul Blackburn breaks this chapter down into 7 Secrets and Secret Number 6 is titled “You Can’t Have It All If You’re Not There”.  He asks the following thought provoking questions……

  • “If there was a tablet you could take three times a day that would cause you to wake up with an energised and excited attitude, would you take it?”
  • “Would you still swallow it if it guaranteed to free you from or prevent diabetes?”
  • “Would you insist your kids took this tablet, knowing it would reduce the onset of many diseases by 80%?”
  • “If this tablet also increased your lifespan by 30 to 50 years over those without access to it, would you take it regularly?”
  • ” How would you feel if this tablet increased your intelligence by 10% over a 20 year period?”
  • ” And if it prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s, most degenerative diseases and increased memory capacity, could you force yourself to get it down your throat?”

You get the picture…..Well, as Paul Blackburn points out, this tablet does exist, albeit you’ll have to make it yourself.  The drug companies keep it secret, because there is more profit in pedalling cures, so it’s up to us to take matters into our own hands and take responsibility for our own well being.  All it takes is a little knowledge, willpower and determination. It is said that this generation of children is the first ever whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents…..these are sobering thoughts!

So here are 4 simple steps that we can take to enjoy better health in the long term, as  suggested by Paul Blackburn and with my own ‘two-penneth’ thrown in…

  1. Treat your body with respect and like the temple it is.  It will thank you by allowing you to stay on this planet a little longer.
  2. Exercise regularly: this is not optional….it might take a little effort to find some exercise that is enjoyable, but you don’t have to push yourself to the limit to stay healthy.  Just moving more in everyday life will help.   If you don’t like the gym, think of how long it would take to go to the gym and devote that time to some other form of movement, such as walking to the shops instead of driving, or doing some gardening.  And don’t forget the simple things, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or going for a walk instead of watching tv for half an hour after dinner.
  3. Eat nourishing food: this is also non-negotiable. Feed your body what it needs.  If we put the wrong type of petrol in our car, it simply won’t go….our bodies are no different! Stick to fresh, non processed foods and watch your intake of sugar, saturated fats and salt. Read the label.  If it reads like a science project, leave it on the shelf, and that often includes “low- fat” foods.  My rule of thumb is, if it contains more than 5 ingredients or I don’t know what any of the ingredients are, I don’t buy it. Eat more vegetables and reduce portion sizes……This subject is a book in it’s own right and there is indeed a great book called In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollen, which I highly recommend everyone read.
  4. Rest: Getting enough sleep is vital to our health.  Some people need more than others, so work out how much sleep you need and  make sure you get it. But perhaps more importantly, find activities that will  refresh and revitalise you and build them into your daily routine.  It might be taking the dog for a walk, doing a crossword, meditating or yoga or getting up for a beautiful sunrise.  The old saying,  “I haven’t got time…” may well come back to haunt you, because you may end up making time, whether you like it or not, through an involuntary visit to the hospital. So you do have time…..you just refuse to make some tough calls.

There are many people who say that a healthy lifestyle makes no difference them. But we have to remember that our health is not a good indicator of what we are doing today.  Instead, our current state of health is a reflection of what we have done on a cumulative basis over time.   Our bodies can take an enormous amount of punishment in the short term, but over time we will start to pay the price.

As internet marketers we often talk about the “ninety/ten rule”.  That is to say, give value 90% of the time and take 10% of the time.  We can apply this same rule to our health.  Look after yourself 90% of the time, and treat yourself to those things you just can’t live without 10% of the time and you will not only reap the benefits of a longer, healthier life , but also have the energy and brain capacity to take your business to new highs.

At the end of the day, our attitude towards our own health is an important aspect of the “Money Mindset” that we often neglect.  What steps are you taking to address this in your own business?

30 thoughts on ““You Can’t Have It All If You Are Not There” – Paul Blackburn Talkes About “The Money Mindset”

  1. Linda G. Cox

    Oh my goodness! This is an awesome post! I was shocked to hear “this generation of children is the first ever whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents” I never knew this, but it doesn’t surprise me! When you talked in the beginning about the tablet… that’s the way our society is take a pill for everything! It’s funny that even though I rebel against it (I discourage my kids from taking Tylenol, telling them to drink water instead, etc) as I read the wonderful things this tablet could, I was eager to hear what it was!
    In all reality it’s all about living a healthy lifestyle!
    Thank you for telling it like it is!
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Thank you Linda….good on you for discouraging your kids from taking too many over the counter drugs. There are of course times when we need them, but all too often these days we look to pills and tablets to solve all our problems. Living a healthy lifestyle can’t protect us from everything, but there is so much many of us can do to improve our health, and I speak from personal experience.

  2. Patricia

    Great post Louise. As you know from visiting my blog I am so into a healthy lifestyle. For my generation (you know you are getting old when you start a sentence that way!) we had the big back yard and the fresh fruit and vegies in the back garden. There were no fast foods so without knowing it we were eating and living healthy. Played outdoors (no computers then either) walked or rode our bikes everywhere (the world seemed a safer place then somehow) and it all added up to a healthy lifestyle.
    Now if you do any of those things people think you are amazing as sadly it is correct that the “experts” are telling us that many of this generation will probably not outlive their parents! Scary thought eh??!! To have to teach people how to live and work healthy is a sad indictment of how far we have gone down the unhealthy junk food route.
    You bring up some salient points here and hopefully we will all be the healthier for it.
    Patrica Perth Australia
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Thank you for your comments Patricia. I sounds like you had an idyllic childhood….very similar to mine growing up in Switzerland. Life was so much simpler in our day…..(oh dear, now I’m sounding really old). I recently saw a tv program in which kids in a school in the US could not even identify simple vegetables. They did not know the difference between a potato and a tomato…I could not believe what I was seeing. I know it was tv, but these kids were not faking it. As you say, how sad that we have to teach people how to live and work healthy.

      1. Patricia

        When I was living and working in the UK a few years ago I had the same experience. Was doing some eye tests with youngsters in a school and they couldn’t recognise a lot of fruit as they didn’t eat any! I was shocked as all I knew was fruit trees in the b ackyard and fresh vegies every night on my dinner plate.
        Patricia Perth Australia
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        1. Louise Steiner

          Patricia, I had hoped the incident I witnessed in the States would be an isolated case, but your experience now tells me otherwise. To experience that first hand must have been quite a shock. Jamie Oliver has been working hard to transform school lunches in the UK….seems he has a pretty tough job on his hands.

          1. Patricia

            I think Jamie Oliver does a great job. Very difficult taste I admit. I was shocked to see what some American children eat for breakfast. No wonder there is an obesity problem amongst youngsters there. I know some Americans (well educated and wealthy) who I met here in Oz who didn’t eat more than about 2 vegies each meal and I introduced them to healthy eating. Was quite a shock for them to see how healthy we could be if we ate well and looked after our bodies. They were only in their 20′s and had terrible eating habits.
            Patricia Perth Australia
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            1. Louise Steiner

              I suspect there are many people out there who have no idea that what they eat has a direct impact on their health. Well done for spreading the word….I’m sure those Americans will thank you for the education one day.

  3. Darlene Davis

    Had to order In Defense of Food from you. I am on a constant quest to learn more about proper nutrition. That holds the key (or at least ONE of the vital keys) to staying healthy and living a long, vibrant life.

    It is scary to hear that the younger generation’s lifespan is shorter. That includes my children.

    In my youth we had the luxury of a stay-at-home mom who cooked three healthy meals a day. Eating out was a rare occurrence and we were required to eat veggies even if we didn’t care for them. How times have changed! (Sorry if this is bragging a bit, but I’ve never eaten at a McDonald’s.)

    I wanted to get BOTH books. Stuart Zadel will be on my list for the next purchase. I always learn a lot from you, Louise:)
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Darlene, I hope you enjoy In Defense of Food as much as I did. I couldn’t put the book down….it was fascinating reading….anyway, do let me know if you like it….I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

      I think you are the only person I know who has never eaten a McDonalds….good for you….brag all you like and believe me you have not missed anything – but I think you already know that :-) . It sounds like you have a very healthy lifestyle and I am sure that is rubbing off on your kids, so they will not become part of that shocking statistic.

  4. Holly

    Hi Louise,
    Definitely a book I will have to pick up and read. I am in total agreement with what Paul Blackburn says. I live that to the most part, a little lax on sleep sometimes as you well know when something gets into your blood and your passion keeps you energized and awake flowing with ideas, it’s hard to get sleep in those moments.! Great post and perfect timing for many of us. We have to look after ourselves, or as you mention you may have to be involuntarily in the hospital! Pay now with discipline or pay later with health issues! Thanks!
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Thank you Holly. I know what you mean about it sometimes being difficult to keep up with sleep when you have all those ideas buzzing around in your head. I have to say, I love that feeling and living off that energy, but it’s only ok in short bursts. I have my best ideas when I’m lying in bed and supposed to be sleeping. I now keep a notebook by my bedside, so I can write down any thoughts, so I don’t forget them…..

  5. Don Enck

    Now this post has some real “meat and potatoes’ to it :-) All kidding aside, it is something we all have to take care of. It’s our responsibility to take care of our bodies and our health. I was not aware of the point you made about the current generation being the first one that’s not expected to out live us. So, as parents, if we have small children it is then up to us to teach them the right way and the right things to do.

    For a good portion of my early life I was very hard on my body. Over the last 15+ years though I have changed. I take better care of myself. I lost weight. I eat much healthier. I exercise and I sleep well. I spend quality time alone and I do many fun and different things. I can honestly say that today I am in my best shape ever. I guess I want to be around to enjoy the money…and the rest of life.
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Good on you Don for taking better care of yourself. You are living proof that you can improve your health by taking some simple steps. The great thing is that it is never too late to start and we can start to reap the benefits fairly quickly if we choose to make changes for the better. It’s interesting to hear you say that you are in your best shape ever.

  6. Sue Price

    Hi Louise
    I love this post. As you know I am into the wellness industry. I believe when we refer to our “health industry” we are really talking about sickness.
    I must get this book. The advice as far as I am concerned is normal common sense. I have always been proactive with my health.
    I am a appalled when I see what some people put in their trolleys at the supermarket. I am sure as you say they would take better care of their cars.
    Excellent message.
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Thank you Sue. I know what you mean about what some people put in their trolleys at the supermarket. I have always had a little rule for myself at the checkout. I would look into my basket and if there are a disproportionate number of unhealthy foods or treats in my basket relative to the healthy stuff, I would put things back on the shelf. I no longer need to go through that check as it comes quite naturally, but in my days in the corporate world when I was always under time pressure, it served me well.

  7. belinda cunningham

    Hi Louise
    I have all of Stuarts books and have been to the cashflow conference so have met him and Paul Blackburn. Sean Rassmussens chapter got me into internet marketing. When I heard him speak was blown away that anyone could be a full timeblooger. Would love to do one of Paul Balckburn courses – I think Jodie has. Not sure how healthy his body is now tho as he is quite over weight. (Don’t let him know I said that). I have to admit that as much as I know about healthy eating it is so hard for me to curb my eating habits and I could almost get animal if some one got between me and food, just the thought gets my heart raising – never be any good on survivor. That reaction says to me that I need to do something about my eating. I recently did a 7 day juice ‘thing’ where i had a green apple and 1/2 cucumber and glass of water blended ever day. Homeopath suggested it to clean out the liver. Amazing what it did.
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Belinda, I’m impressed that you have read all of Stuart’s books. I would love to go to one of these conferences some day, so if you hear of one coming up, please do let me know.

      Yes, it is amazing what a simple cleanse can do for our body. I went through a similar process several years ago and haven’t looked back since. But it was very difficult in the beginning….the cravings were unbelievable and the only thing that got me through it was the knowledge that I had to do if for my own health. Once the health benefits kicked in, it was much easier to be strong.

  8. Oliver Tausend

    Hi Louise,

    a great take an definitely an interesting book. You made me curious. Your advice is simple. It’s easy to do and just as easy not to do. At least myself, I am guilty sometimes of at least one of them, for example not enough sleep. I usually twice a week and I am not pushing myself to my limits, not any more.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care

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    1. Louise Steiner

      Thank you for dropping by my blog Oliver. I’m sure we are all guilty of some of these things some of the time. But just a gentle reminder to ourselves and sticking to most of it for most of the time will be more than enough to show results.

  9. Mike Ramsey

    The relation of dreaming to gain money with your health is very logically. In the first place, you won’t work too hard just for you to save money for your hospitalization bills! LOL So why do you still have to work if you’ll spend all of your money with non-sense expenses right? Learn to live healthy, that’s the important thing to do.
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    1. Louise Steiner

      Mike, thanks for stopping by my blog. You are so right, learning to live healthy is important. Sadly, the knowledge of how to live healthy has gotten lost somewhere along the lines and now we are having to re-educate.

    1. Louise Steiner

      Hi Mike…thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, sadly the food industry is simply responding to our apparent needs for fast food. I guess it is up to us to take matters into our own hands and go back to cooking from scratch. I’m sure most of us could find the time if we really wanted to.

  10. Jerry Clifford from minnetonka home for sale

    Contrary to the belief that exercise is stressful, it actually relieves us of stress. Most people don’t allot time for this simply because they’re already too exhausted from work. Exercise can actually relieve us of stress that we incur during the day. This should give us more energy the following day, as opposed to just sleeping after a work day. 30 minutes a day of walk in the park can do wonders for your health.

    1. Louise Steiner

      Yes I agree Jerry. And the thing to remember is that a little exercise every day is all it takes. We don’t have to be in training for a marathon…as you say, a 30 minutes walk every day will do the job.

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