You’ve probably heard this one before…
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make any noise?
This one however, might be new to you.
If you spend all of your healthy years building your portfolio and pass away before you have a chance to enjoy it…
Was it really worth it?
As investors, we constantly track our stock performance as if our lives depend on it.
The security of our financial futures certainly does.
But how often do we take stock in ourselves?
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you’ve heard me talk about things like life insurance, estate planning, Power of Attorney, etc.
While these things are critical pieces of protecting your legacy and your family’s future, one of the biggest payoffs to building wealth is having more time to enjoy your family…
And your health.
Historically, Americans are the most overworked population on the planet.
We work the most hours, with the least amount of time off.
And exhorbitant healthcare costs don’t exactly incentivize us to fully invest in preventative maintenance.
Sadly, to the average American, things like gym memberships, routine doctor’s visits, and regular access to mental health professionals are considered luxury items.
But if you recall life pre-COVID, our biggest silent killers were heart disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer.
And with COVID-19 dominating the headlines for the past year, we’ve forgotten that constant sitting mixed with more time indoors and being inactive are chief contributing factors to those ailments.
Fears of infection, Zoom meetings, and quarantine protocols have made us much more sedentary, which makes us sicker.
It’s now more important than ever to get outside, move around, and find other healthy ways to get unplugged from our screens.
Two of my favorite hobbies are golf and working out. But there are so many more things you can do to improve your health.
With the warmer weather, hiking and biking spring to mind. Even taking your pup out for daily walks is a great way to increase your steps.
Finally, make sure to invest in your mental health.
Even if you don’t believe in “shrinks,” they can be great sounding boards for you to vent to when life gets stressful.
And don’t tell me you haven’t been stressed lately — we invest in the same markets, remember?
Make the time.
When you take the time to invest in your health as well as your portfolio, “health is wealth” takes on a new meaning.
There will always be another stock to chase, but there’s only one you.
Here’s to investing well, and being well!