Five Simple Ways To Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

By Brandon Vallorani

What is your most valuable asset? I’m not talking about material possessions. What is your most valuable asset as it relates to your success in business? Is it your education? Is it capital? Is it time?

All of these are vital, but none of them are nearly as important as your health.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, executive, or a professional at any level, your health is undoubtedly your most valuable asset. If you are unhealthy, your time will be limited by illness or even an untimely death. What’s the point of building a career or business empire if you won’t live to enjoy the fruits of your labor? If your appearance is unhealthy, others may not take what you say seriously. After all, if you can’t take care of yourself, how can you be trusted with your client’s business?

When we get busy working on our business and taking care of our loved ones, it’s easy to put off taking care of ourselves. Perhaps it’s too many cocktails with business partners or clients every night of the week. Or maybe it’s poor meal choices because you’re always traveling and in a rush. Sitting at your desk for hours on end can also lead to health problems. And keep in mind that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Here are five simple ways to protect your health asset:

  1. Take those phone calls outside. Get some fresh air and walk! You’ll have a fresh perspective, burn unnecessary calories, and get that heart pumping too. If the weather is bad, consider a treadmill. It’s a great way to multitask!
  2. Hire a personal trainer. If you just join the gym, it’s easy to find excuses not to go. A personal trainer is worth the extra expense because they hold you accountable, even if for no other reason than you don’t want to break a committed appointment. As you get older, you’ll find yourself working harder to fight the effects of aging and maintain a strong body and mind. Weightlifting will keep your muscles and bones strong and reduces mental stress. Plus, you will be more confident in your appearance. It’s never too late to start.
  3. Limit alcohol. Drinking is a social lubricant, and in moderation, can help you relax, feel confident, and even help close that big deal. But if you find yourself hitting the bottle every night after work to unwind, it can lead to some major health problems that will sneak up on you. Save it for special occasions like holidays or dates with your significant other. Find healthier ways to relax, like massage therapy or even investing in a massage chair and high quality tea.
  4. Take vitamins & supplements. Eating clean (avoiding processed and fast foods), and taking a multivitamin may not be enough to prevent health problems. Today, there is a bountiful selection of supplements to help with weight and stress management, lowering high cholesterol, improving cardiovascular health, joint health, brain health, digestion, and detoxification. Make sure you are getting effective doses of Vitamin C, D3, Fish Oil, and Magnesium. If you like to drink, Milk Thistle and Alpha Lipoic Acid are great for keeping your liver healthy. You can even find vitamin providers who will tailor a regimen and deliver them in per-use packs.
  5. Celebrate your success. This is perhaps the most important step you can take for your health. It’s easy to let the challenges and problems we face every day drag us down. Before you go to bed at night, think about the good you accomplished that day. Perhaps set goals for tomorrow. It’s not just about work. Whether it was extra time you spent with the kids that day or an overdue phone call with your parents, give yourself credit for doing something good. Remember:

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” —Warren Buffett


Brandon Vallorani is CEO of Vallorani Estates and the author of The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life’s Privileges In A Harsh World with ForbesBooks. Learn more at valloraniestates.com.