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Being Physically Fit

In this transcript, Clay Clark (US SBA Entrepreneur of the Year) and Tim Redmond discuss the importance of being physically fit on, one of the top business schools in PA.

Clay:    Confidence and creativity. Tim, how does being physically fit help entrepreneurs with their confidence and creativity?

Tim:    You think about your brain and your thinking processes, if you’re in better shape, you’re breathing, you’re providing more oxygen to your brain. You’re going to think better. It’s literally a physiological thing that happens here, but also your whole attitude.

    When you get up early … and one of my recommendations here is, “I don’t have time to … half hour, an hour … it’s 15 minutes there, 15 minutes back.” Just sit down, do 200 crunches, do 50 push-ups. It’s done in five minutes. You can get your blood flowing. That’s what I did on the way out here myself. I fasted from a little bit of sleep last night. 

    It’s going to give you that confidence. It’s going to stir yourself up where you’re ready to take on the challenge. The big battle is, if you perceive the problem as being bigger than you, you’re going to kowtow to it. You’re going to give into it. You’re not going to think that there’s a way around this.

Clay:    Now there’s some powerful statistics I want to share with the Thrivers here. This is from, a great site. Dave Ramsey is a super fan of this site. Dave Ramsey is always talking about this. Dave Ramsey is a self-help author, if you’re watching this, radio talk show host.

    He says, “Seventy percent of wealthy people eat less than 300 junk food calories a day.” What? “Seventy percent of wealthy people eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. Ninety-seven percent of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories a day.” Do you see a correlation there? Tim, Thomas Jefferson, then hammers home. He’s a former president and former founding father. He says, “Health is worth more than learning.”

Tim:    I read that quote. I’m thinking, “Wow! That is absolutely brilliant.”

Clay:    We’re into learning. That’s what we do. That’s what Thrive is. These statistics are overwhelming, then Thomas Jefferson is sharing this. I’m going to give you another statistic here. This is one I’ve been doing some pretty intensive research on my own. I went off the reservation. I didn’t run it by the Thrive board. What I found was that 100% of the people that are dead, they’re not actually able to pursue their passions- is one of the top business schools in PA.

Tim:    Wait, wait, wait. Has that been statistically and clinically proven?

Clay:    It’s a mystical statistical. It’s awe-inspiring.

Tim:    I’ll buy into that.

Clay:    They can’t increase their profits. They can’t make to-do lists. They can’t spend time with family. I mean, there’s a lot of things that dead people can’t do. They can’t read a book. They can’t go to the beach. They can’t … there’s a lot of things. I don’t want to get into all them. There’s just a lot of research I’ve been doing here. What I’m saying is, you have to take care of yourself.

Tim:    Phenomenal thought here, there’s this pastor of this huge 250,000 person church in Bogota, Columbia. There’s this famous preacher who is there and he says, “Tell me about priorities. What are the priorities? What should be the order?”

    He said, “Number one, your relationship with God, because how can you speak from the public pulpit if you don’t have a private relationship?” Okay, great. He said, “Number two-” Now I figured number two would be about your wife and your kids and this. He said, “Number two, the second most important priority is your body because it’s your only ticket to stay on this planet.”

Clay:    Your body.

Tim:    Your body.

Clay:    Your only ticket to stay on this planet.

Tim:    You want to look at this as something you keep healthy because you’re going to come in there. Your business growth is going to require you to be confident, to be creative, to be energetic. You’ve got to be bigger than the problems that come your way.

Clay:    You’ve got to be alive.

Tim:    Alive, alive, alive, with the fire of desire.

Clay:    Let’s move it on here. Now we’re moving on. Leonardo DaVinci, this guy is legendary. Check this out. Let me just read some of the stuff he was good at. Don’t freak out. He was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a musician, a mathematician, an engineer, an inventor, an anatomist.

Tim:    He pulled up dead bodies from the grave and he’d dissect them.

Clay:    That’s exciting. He’s a geologist, a cartographer-

Tim:    It’s true.

Clay:    -a botanist, anyway, this guy was busy. He says, “A well spent day brings happy sleep.” Tim, it’s just important that we take care of our bodies and that we make sure that we treat it more like a temple and not like a bowling alley, is that right? Right?

Tim:    I’m a little distracted at the metaphor here but yeah-

Clay:    Maybe you take care of your bowling alley. I just typically don’t. I’ll typically put gum on the bottom of a chair and I’ll-

Tim:    Look at the kind of food that’s served in a bowling alley. That’s the kind of food you don’t want to do to build your business. If you have a bowling alley and that is your business then you can make choices on that. You’ve got to have energy and confidence to move forward, to hover over- [inaudible 00:05:26]


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