What’s working for me this week? (Week 1 March 2019)
WHAT I WATCHED
A couple of people had mentioned this documentary to me recently and I thought I would give it a go. The message of the documentary is basically that our diet, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal.
Of particular interest to me was the concept that just because we have been given a chronic illness diagnosis, it doesn’t mean we are doomed to suffer from it, or take chronic medication for it, for the rest of our lives.
Last year I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease – a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues. In people with Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid. After the diagnosis I was put on some medication by my doctor and sent on my way. It bothered me that I was going to have to take this medication indefinitely. But then life happened and I focused on other things and just took the pills.
After watching Heal, I realised I had been way too passive in dealing with this condition. There are other options besides pharmaceutical drugs – such as following a very specific diet, reducing stress and engaging in various mindfulness and belief based practices to heal myself. I’m not saying these techniques are all going to offer a miracle cure, but it’s worth keeping an open mind and experimenting, right? I’ve already gone online to find out more about my condition and how to treat it more holistically and booked an appointment with a naturopath to get a diet plan suitable for my condition.
WHAT I lISTENED TO
On Purpose, with Jay Shetty
I’m absolutely loving Jay Shetty right now. As a budding podcaster, I am always on the look-out for people who are masters of their craft. And this guy is a master. Following a slightly misspent youth, Shetty decided to become a monk and studied for three years in a monastery. His mission is to make wisdom go viral.
In this podcast series he interviews some fascinating people, including Novak Djokovic, Russel Brand and Mike Posner. What’s great about these interviews is that he doesn’t focus on what these people are famous for, but rather delves into their beliefs and struggles – he is interested in who they are rather than what they do. A recurring theme is all these seemingly wealthy, famous and successful people have realized that these trappings are not the keys to happiness and have instead explored other more authentic and sustainable options. If you have to pick one of his podcasts, pick the Posner interview. This guy is pretty cool. You know the song, “I took a pill in Ibiza”. That’s him. He sounds like James Franco – a bit of a stoner – but then he starts asking questions of his own and its clear he has done a lot of self-work. And Shetty is great, knowing when to engage and when to listen.
I listen on Spotify but pretty sure you can find it on itunes too.
WHAT I READ AND LEARNED ABOUT MONEY
How Much Is Enough? – Maximising Wealth And Well-Being
By Andrew Bradley, Arun, Abey and Andrew Ford
It’s a small world. One of my former clients from my PR days, Andrew Bradley, is one of the co-authors of this fantastic book. In it, the authors propose that the key to true wealth lies beyond the balance sheet, in the mind, heart and spirit of the individual investor.
Much like the Wealthwoke mission, it provides a framework for the reader to find the right balance between their time, money and happiness in order to achieve financial security and personal well-being. It combes the latest economic theory and behavioural research with compelling stories of those who have found peace beyond their bank accounts, including Warren Buffett, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Raymond Ackerman, Bill Gates and Patrice Motsepe.
I recorded a podcast with Andrew this week, in which we delve deeper into his thinking and unpack how we can all become happier and avoid wealth-destroying behaviour to improve investment results; and help our kids achieve financial security and assume financial responsibility. I will post it next week – hope you all listen and enjoy.
Have a great weekend, Wealthwokers.