My name is David Jaffee, and throughout my life I have learned about different ways to balance health and success.
Far too often, people sacrifice their health in the race to succeed. This can be detrimental to long-term success, and will lead you in the wrong direction in life. Here are some ways I have learned to find a balance between health and success throughout my journey.
Focus On Incremental Steps and Drown Out Distractions
You have to be comfortable with the idea of making incremental progress.
Success will not come to you overnight, and that is true with anything worth doing.
If your mind thinks you will become successful quickly and you don’t understand the true time commitments required, your mental health will suffer.
That’s why adapting to incremental steps and slow progress is the best way towards balancing health and success.
Work Hard and Don’t Be Fancy (Advice from David Jaffee)
Sometimes we don’t understand what we already have and what we are given at birth.
If you are born without physical or mental disabilities, or if you are born within a thriving country, you are already extremely fortunate and blessed.
The same goes for if you have a healthy weight, aren’t addicted to drugs, and if you aren’t in debt – many people are self-destructive and have negative habits.
By fostering positive habits, you will position yourself to be successful.
It's important to show appreciation and gratitude for what we've been provided. People oftentimes take the positives in their lives for granted.
By focusing on your strengths, you can work hard to monetize your passions into a successful career.
Opportunity, Mindset, and Hard Work
The three foundational components of success are opportunity, mindset, and hard work.
Opportunity and hard work can create success, but a healthy mindset is what allows us to maintain success over a long period.
When opportunities are present, you need to seize them by working as hard as you can; even if it means working longer hours, changing your routine, or doing extra research.
Hard work is almost always the answer, and when paired with opportunity you will be much more likely to reach your goals
Having the right mindset is something that takes time, and it can be learned.
There is no one size fits all advice to create the right mindset, but there are things that you can do to put yourself in a better position.
Exercise every day, get on a healthier diet, give yourself mental breaks throughout the day or for multiple days if stress is burning you out.
Practice gratitude and meditation; eliminate automatic negative thoughts.
Working As An Investment Banker (David Jaffee's Wall Street Experience)
When I worked as an investment banker, I met many people who were successful. These were people who went to prestigious universities, got stellar grades, and achieved the jobs they always wanted.
However, these people let their mental health suffer while they were enjoying their success.
Seeing this reinforced how important finding a balance is to me.
Here are two videos about my time as an investment banker.
Accepting My Sunk Costs and Letting Go (David Jaffee Focusing on Health)
Despite investing substantial time in becoming an investment banker, I decided that it wasn't worth the stress and health sacrifices.
After leaving investment banking, I decided that I needed to focus on my health.
I knew that as long as I was healthy, then I could always make more money.
Despite working very hard during college just to become a banker, and then sacrificing a lot of time to get promoted, I knew that I needed to improve my own psychology.
It was a difficult decision. I traveled for a few years, reduced stress, took supplements, etc.
Over time, I was able to recapture my health.
Fast forward to now and I am teaching students how to achieve success through trading stock options.
I have leveraged these principles of balancing health and success to help me reach my goals and maintain positivity throughout my career.
Now I am in a position where I can share that with my students.
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