In the past 8 years, my life has changed dramatically in every area.
Let’s focus on my finances. When I began this journey, my life was one where I was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. I was over $50,000 in credit card debt. I had a lien on my house. I didn’t know what to do and was suffering in silence.
Last week, we had a discussion about whether or not people who are physically fit and healthy out earn people who are not. What we found out was that people who are physically fit and healthy, tend to earn, on average, a higher income than people that are not. What we really began to explore was that it was possibly because of their habits.
It reminded me of when I was 13 and I ran track in high school. At one of our meets, we had a coach come out, his name was Luc Bienvenue and Luc was scouting for runners. He chose 4 girls from my little high school in the middle of nowhere in the eastern townships of Quebec, and I was fortunate to be chosen as one of them.
I remember when Luc started working with us, he asked us this very clear question. He asked if we wanted to be really good runners. I was 13 wide eyed and the answer was “of course I do, Yes I do”. He asked the question again… ” Do you want to be an excellent runner, one of the best runners?” again I said “absolutely I definitely do!” But then he asked the question a third time. I said yes but now I was getting a little impatient.
I recently spoke at a conference where we did Ted Talks or Power Talks. All the speakers were required to introduce a brand new BIG idea or a BIG question. My BIG question was…
“Do people who are physically healthy and physically fit out earn, make more money and keep more wealth than people who are not?”
I found it a curious question. In my preparation, I began looking at some statistics and one of the things I found fascinating was 62% of all bankruptcies particularly in the US, are due to medical issues and health challenges. Then I also found out that if you are poor, you are 5x more likely to have health challenges. Then this statistic blew me away… If you are obese by the time you are 40 years old, if you are female you will have spent an EXTRA $600,000 and if you are male an EXTRA $320,000 on food in your life, compared to a person who is not obese.