Just ask them and they’ll tell you. Highly successful business men and women that is. Busy entrepreneurs are the first to share one of their deepest secrets to personal success. It’s a secret that you’re not likely to guess, but here it is. Exercise. The challenges of entrepreneurship certainly can — and often do — take their physical toll. Consider the work travel, long hours and continually building stress and it’s easy to see how your health can be affected.

To counter these effects it’s imperative to take steps to regain a work-life balance. This is where the advice of one of the most significant entrepreneurs can come in handy. Richard Branson admits that his love of sport has nothing to do with image, but instead, is a way to relax. He cautions every busy entrepreneur about the importance of making time for exercise and relaxation.

Taking breaks from work and staying in shape is a necessity for anyone leading a growing company. Just as you would have a business strategy for your career or your company, you should also have a fitness plan for your health. Getting away from the office is a way to gain a better perspective on company issues and, in return, will help you make better company decisions.

While Branson does participate in a variety of sports to keep a fresh perspective — he’s also active in skiing, marathon running, swimming, sailing and tennis — kitesurfing is one of his preferred sports. For him, kitesurfing is similar to that of a business strategy. Kitesurfing is a way to push yourself harder. Every time you make a small change while on your board you are rewarded with a different result, much like in the business world.

Sometimes the results are not what you expected and you may wipe out, while other times the small change can leave you with highly positive results. The point is, you won’t know unless you get out there and try. If you’re not willing to get your feet wet, then you’ll never know what could happen or what might have been. After an exhausting day of conference calls and tedious correspondence, he says there is nothing better than setting off on his kite-surfboard, soon feeling refreshed and renewed!


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy . He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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