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3 Time-Effective Strategies That Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Uses to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle




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Time is scarce when you’re running an enterprise. However, being healthy is essential to withstand the pressure a CEO experiences. When you’re running against the clock, it is not always easy to make time for healthy eating and exercise.

A recent Harvard study shows that most CEOs work an average of 9.7 hours per weekday, and also that they work 79 percent of their weekends and holidays. With such a schedule, you may be wondering when do they spend time on their health? Another Harvard study shows that most successful CEOs make of time-management real art, even when it comes to healthy habits. One great example is Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey.

Despite his crazy schedule, Dorsey is meticulous when it comes to health. He uses all the tricks he has up his sleeve to make health practices as time-effective as possible. 

Below are three health practices Jack Dorsey religiously follows: 

1. Intermittent fasting

The press has marked Dorsey as one of the top Silicon Valley’s health freaks because of his passion for intermittent fasting. He claims only to eat one single meal each weeknight, followed by a weekend-long fast. This fasting style is a peculiar variation of two of the most popular and well-researched fasting protocols around: the 5:2 and the intermittent fasting diet.

The 5:2 diet is trendy amongst city professionals around the world for its practicality. It merely involves fasting for two days each week (usually Mondays and Wednesdays). This fast is used by most to create a calorie deficit and detoxify from boozy weekends.

The intermittent fasting usually consists of a 16-20 hours fasting period, followed by a 4-8h feeding window. This diet is renowned in the fitness world for its many benefits, including fat loss, improved blood pressure, and improved heart health. 

What makes intermittent fasting so appealing to busy professionals and leaders is its practicality. Not having to spend time making and eating food for most of the workday is indeed efficient.

Although Dorsey’s approach may seem a bit drastic, science shows that intermittent fasting may be the holy grail of diets for busy and stressed out people. The fact that numerous other CEOs practice fasting proves that.

Fasting has been related to improved mental performance, improved willpower, improved memory, and even to relieve depression. Despite what one may think, fasting can give you more energy and help you think clearer. Also, several religious texts like the Bible, The Coran, and many Buddhist teachings mention fasting as a way to improve one’s mind and spirit.

An excellent place to start an intermittent fasting protocol is the 16:8, where you stop eating around 8 pm and have your first meal at lunchtime. This practice can save you time in the morning, prevent you from consuming calories too late at night, and also make you experience all the other health-related benefits of fasting.

“Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected.” – Jack Dorsey

2. Fast walking to work

Despite having the resources to afford a dozen race cars, Dorsey walks a five-mile commute to work every morning. Not only is walking an excellent form of exercise, but, in Dorsey’s case, walking fasted has even more health benefits. Science shows us that fasted exercise helps improve blood glucose, improve overall energy balance and also makes you less likely to skip your next exercise sessions (walking in this case).

For people short on time, walking or cycling to work can prove a very time effective strategy to get their body moving. Whether you like to get ahead with your to do list by making phone calls, or you prefer to clear your mind, walking to work is definitely one health habit worth implementing.

3. Cold showers

Only the bravest can face cold, and Jack is one of them. He claims to “have forgotten what a hot shower feels like,” but he doesn’t just stop there. Dorsey goes all in and takes three ice baths before work.

Despite this being a very extreme measure, there is a lot of science backing the health benefits of cold showers and baths. On top of various ones like fat loss and improved circulation, taking cold showers has been related to enhanced willpower.

In the bestselling book “The Willpower Instinct”, Dr. Kelly McGonigal explains how, each time we do something uncomfortable (like taking a cold shower), we build neural-connections that makes us more resilient, therefore improving our overall willpower.

Since you will have to shower anyway, taking cold showers may be a great way to catch many birds with one stone. An easy way to begin would be to have a hot shower first, then gradually turn the heating down until reaching an unpleasant temperature. At that point, you can let the cold water hit your nape (this is the spot related to improved fat loss), and stay there for a couple of minutes.

“You don’t have to start from scratch to do something interesting.” – Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey proved once more to be the eccentric type, and not everyone would like to torture themselves as much he does in the name of health. Despite that, there is value in his rituals, and a more moderate version of them could be highly beneficial for those busy people that are looking to improve their health.

Which one of the above time-effective strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts with us below!

Davide Alfonsi is a London celebrity personal trainer, high-performance coach, author, and mindfulness coach. Davide teaches busy professionals, CEOs and executives to perform at the highest standards through exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. He is the author of the book “Stress-Free In Seven Simple Steps” and along with his career, he helped hundreds of busy people to achieve life-changing transformations. To know more about Davide and his company head over to his website or his Facebook page

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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