Thursday, October 28, 2021

Millionaire Choices: Getting Personal, It’s Your Health…

We Are the Custodians

When all is considered, we don’t own much, no matter how much wealth we may have accumulated. We don’t own our health; we are the caretakers of it. We have freewill, thus some choose to abuse themselves with addictive substances or practices (including workaholics) and others prioritize a healthy lifestyle. Of course, there is no escape from death, but perhaps awareness of the leading causes provides a cautionary warning.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the most frequent causes of death are shown below.

Leading Causes of Death Cause Number

  • Heart disease 614,348
  • Cancer 591,699
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases 147,101
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries) 136,053
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 133,103
  • Alzheimer’s disease 93,541
  • Diabetes 76,488
  • Influenza and pneumonia 55,227
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 48,146
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide) 42,773

Source: National Center for Health Statistics

It’s your health. Thoughtfulness matters. Consider the plight of the individual highlighted next.

Dear Drs.,

By today’s fitness standards, I am considered obese. However, at 6’ 1” I wear my 242 pounds well. I am financially successful with multiple new car dealerships. I have a ten-hour workday six days a week. If I shorten my workweek, I feel that I will risk having lower profitability. Of course, the upside would be more time for R&R and effort toward physical fitness.

My question is: How do I balance my work and personal life?

                                                                   Big Guy

Dear Big Guy,

Poverty of time is always a challenge. After all, time is a nonrenewable resource. You don’t mention your eating habits or stress level. Since you have multiple car dealerships, we would hope that your managers would be trusted to run each. If not, perhaps you need to review your organizational structure along with your corporate policies. Of course, it is easier to manage with clear goals and objectives.

In terms of balance between work and personal time, personality comes into the picture. Further, your value system will dictate your choices. Health should be at the top of your concerns. Without good health, what can you accomplish over an extended period of time? Proper diet and moderate exercise are the usual recommendations. Choose the right management people to run your dealerships, and place trust in your decisions to let them do their job. Have alternate plans drafted to handle inevitable business issues. Delegate, and be sure that managers given responsibility have the matching authority to act.

New York Times bestselling author William D. Danko and Richard J. Van Ness, wrote the research-based book, “Richer Than A Millionaire ~ A Pathway to True Prosperity,” which shows the way to wealth and happiness through embracing traditional values. Content appearing in this article is based on excerpts from the authors’ book. The book is available at Visit the authors’ website,

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