Once the world shocked on the confession of Steve Jobs, one of the greatest inventors in IT revolution and successful entrepreneur, suffering from pancreatic cancer. He has everything as an entrepreneur would ever dream of, wealth from his genius and creative microcomputer empire, own the most powerful 'PIXAR' animated studio, a profound brand ‘APPLE’ the world is obsessed about, and not to forget he’s a global icon stands to inspire from the budding inventors, entrepreneurs wanna-be, investors, phones, IT and gadget users, students and even normal people like you and me.
The latest surprising announcement from one of my work-link circles, a prominent entrepreneurship, innovation & leadership global figure, Adiba Barney - CEO of Silicon Valley Forum (SVF) in San Francisco, diagnosed of stage 4 cancer has made me writing this time, seeing many people, particularly that I know suffering and dying young when they are at the top.
It is very sad to see wonderful talent, innovative, kind-heart and great minded people have to go due to terminal ill. It is even sad if they know how they should avoid circumstances which led them to suffer sooner or later.
Remembering Herophilos, a famous Greek anatomist had once said, 'When Health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal by itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth become useless and intelligence cannot be applied'. World these days, when so many people spend their health chasing the life they could ever have or material life they could ever dream of, or gaining wealth as to become a powerful image to others, which subsequently later, whether their life turn out to be a misery when they have to spend their wealth for health.
It has nothing wrong when you struggle to make it to the top, to achieve what has been aimed. But to get rich, never ever risk your health. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. You still have yourself to make a comeback. But when health is lost, most of thing will be a great loss to everyone.
An entrepreneur should have a healthy lifestyle. That includes managing your stress! Eating habits, good quality night sleep, healthy social life, regular exercise and positive thinking are among the way forward to have a great health mentally and physically. Since entrepreneurship is all about a lifetime process with a 'bumpy-ride package', never trade your health for wealth. You may think you can buy with wealth but you absolutely cannot. One needs to have a good health to pursue all the wealth that you are looking for. THE FIRST WEALTH IS STILL YOUR HEALTH.
Having a good health will never happen in one night. It takes the whole of your life to ensure you have a good health. Work will always be there. It can never finish. If you need to decline request from people because you are not even have time to yourself, you should learn how to say NO. You don't need to please everyone. Take some quality time for yourself to regain and cherish your great self. In certain challenges you face, don't take everything too serious as if tomorrow is the end of the world. Sometimes, when things become stressful, you need to learn how to laugh at yourself too! :-)
Your body is your business. You will be out from business soon if you don’t take enough care of it. When your health is at the top-notch, you will be able to be more productive, progressive and give more to the world. Love yourself as you want to see your wealth in legacy.
~ Mahatma Gandhi quotes 'It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver' ~
Writer Profile :
Sue Kamal is the Co-Founder & Business Development Director of Solution Makers Consultancy (SMC) United Arab Emirates, Award-Winner 2014 Brand Ambassador Alleem Achiever Award UAE & 2014 Special Leadership Award of Alleem Business Congress UAE, 2015 WAVE USA Certified Entreprenologist, An International SME Council Member of ICSB (Washington D.C), ACSB (Asia) & ICSMEE (Malaysia), ‘City Mayor of Entrepreneur Café Kuala Lumpur – World Cities’. Very actively involved at international scene particularly encouraging business and trade into Middle East & Africa region. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org