Because, I almost died.
Which is how I learned that wealth and health are one and the same.The word wealth comes from the Old English words “weal” + “th,” which together mean “the condition of well-being.” So at it’s root, wealth = health. And health = wealth.
Before discovering that...I believed earning a high income would make me rich. I also believed achievement and attainment would make me happy. And that I could trade my health for wealth. Without consequence. These beliefs worked for a long time. Until they didn't.
Despite following all the money and success rules touted by the most notorious teachers, I experienced catastrophic breakdowns in both wealth and health. I went broke following conventional money and "retirement" doctrine. I nearly died by following mainstream beliefs about health and trusting the tenets of conventional medicine. Happiness was nowhere in the equation. Because I could only be happy when... [insert next accomplishment].
My discovery happened on my death bed.
When you’re facing death, you don’t care about your achievements, success, money in the bank, possessions, toys. You want one thing. Your health back. And with that realization comes regret. Regret for not living. For caring about things that don’t matter. For giving a damn about what other people think. For not spending more time with loved ones. Not to mention the unspoken… an excruciating fear of dying.
With that regret, I realized I’d gotten it all wrong. At that moment, I made a promise with the universe. That if I was given a second chance, I would put these realizations to good use. I was given that chance. and I’m happy to report that I’m healthy, wealthy, and happy. 10x more than ever before. It was at that point that I tossed conventional wisdom in the trash and went in search of the real truths behind money and health… for the purpose of fulfillment and happiness.
On this journey, I realized two essential truths.
#1: Money matters more than anything. But it's not about the money. #2: You must sacrifice your health to succeed. But you can't sacrifice your health for success. Now I live my own life at the intersection of these paradoxes, and I’m happy to report that I’m healthy, wealthy, and happy. 10x more than ever before.
The irony? I put in a fraction of the “hard work,” effort, and angst required by my conventional life before. Would you like to know these newfound truths that completely bust conventional thinking?
What would it feel like for you to work less, stress less, and have 10x more wealth, health, and happiness?