Today we going to talk about quite possibly the most important thing in this life: your health. Without it, nothing else matters. This is a real estate investing podcast, so I’m not about to step out of my lane and start coaching you on how to lower your cholesterol, what foods your should be eating, and which exercises are best for you. The health I’m referring to today is your mental health.
According to the Center for Disease Control/National Institute on Occupational Safety & Health the workplace is the number one cause of life stress. But here is the most sobering statistic of all in my opinion: 110 million people die every year as a direct result of stress. That is 7 people every 2 seconds.
All too often, we see that person in the workplace who looks physically ill from the stress of every day life. You wonder what that person could be going through, and how you can help.
Sometimes, this stress can be disguised in others. While they may seem happy, drive a nice car, have a beautiful family, they’re swimming in debt, living an unfulfilling lifestyle, and forced to do things every day they don’t want. This is no way to live life.
It’s my mission to help people realize that life doesn’t have to be this way.
I want to share a quick little story with you. When I was young, I loved chopping fire wood. Yeah, I know, it’s a bit strange. For those who are familiar with chopping firewood, you know its a labor-intensive process. You have to cut the tree down, then cut the limbs into 18″ sections. One the firewood is cut into sections, it then has to be split it, so that it will dry out and burn better. This drying period is called seasoning. The firewood must be hauled to it’s final location, and stacked in in rows, called ricks or chords. It’s a back-breaking, labor intensive job. And I loved doing it in the hot summer sun. Why? Because I didn’t have to cut firewood in the summer. My family didn’t need the firewood in the summer. They wouldn’t need it for another 5-6 months.
My point is, people enjoy things when they don’t HAVE to do them. This goes for anything – chores, work, travel, visiting distant family, etc. Here’s an example: many people like to wash their cars. They take pride in having a clean, polished car. They’ll meticulously clean every nook and cranny of their vehicle, because they like to do that. It doesn’t seem like a chore or work for that person.
So where am I getting with all this? Going back to one’s health. Imagine how much less stress one would have at their job, it they didn’t have to have it. They wouldn’t be worry about office politics, grueling commutes, long hours, being under-paid, overworked, and underrecognized. None of that would take a toll on them, because at any point, that person could choose to not be there.
Imagine being able to visit family whenever you want, travelling on days where airfare is cheaper, taking extended vacations, or a season off. What do you think that would do to one’s level of stress?
How could one have this ability? By owning income producing real estate. Yes, there it is. Full circle. Real estate investing CAN impact your mental health (positively if you do correctly).
I’ve always looked at real estate investing as a vehicle. It’s a vehicle that will help me get where I want to be, and it can help you get you to where you want to be. Real estate investing simply can allow you to live a life you want.
So I ask you this: What is it you want in this life? Whatever it is, do it. Make a plan, map it out, and let real estate investing be the vehicle that takes your there.