Why the self-employed live longer, healthier lives

PEAK Health and Fitness Wellness Monitoring-001Here’s some rockin’ news for those of us who are self-employed.

Research is showing that we tend to live longer, healthier lives than 9-to-5 employee-types.

The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology reports that researchers have compared the health of a “nationally representative sample of employees and entrepreneurs” and studied health factors for both groups — stuff like rates of physical disease and mental illness, blood pressure, number of sick days taken, and on and on.

Entrepreneurs won out in pretty much every category.

So what’s the deal?

Well, entrepreneur and health guru James Clear — from whom I first heard this news — thinks what makes most entrepreneurs healthy isn’t that they run their own businesses but that they approach life in a special way.

He says the self-employed have a healthy mindset that often leads to a healthy life.

James points out that entrepreneurs…

— give themselves permission to change the world and pursue their dreams.
— believe in themselves and in the control they have over their own lives.
— trust that, even when things are uncertain, they’ll figure it out.
— wake up with a purpose that drives them. They have a vision of what they are working towards that pulls them out of bed each day.

Great stuff.

And best of all, becoming an entrepreneur — or solopreneur — ain’t all that tough these days.

Yeah, you gotta have the mindset that James Clear mentioned. But the details for actually launching a simple business can be awfully easy.

So what’s stopping you?

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