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Jacy Bowers
Cherry Creek Properties - Westminster, CO
"Working at the Speed of YOU!'

It's very, very important to take care of yourself. If you don't have your health and are feeling well, everything else in life suffers. I know this personally as last year, at 38, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, during a very busy time in real estate. However, I needed to address my issues and take care of myself, or I'd never be able to do my job. I've always been healthy, eat low carbs, high protein, take supplements and vitamins and am a competitive tennis player. if you don't take care of yourself because you're  too busy- some health issue will creep up on you and make you take care of yoursel! There needs to be a balance just like everything and it's easy  in our jobs to neglect it, but trust me if you don't , you'll eventually pay the price for it..


Jan 14, 2015 11:08 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

To my success?  Absolutely nothing! Some would say the GOV of NJ is a success! Others would say the fellow filling the position in the center of the Green Bay Packers offensive line is a success!  Both of these folks are HUGE! On the BMI index they would be the poster child for unfitness.

What do I do?  I am an endurance runner which also involves interval training, core conditioning and long runs on the beach. My motivation for this abuse has no connection to my business, but the lessons learned do. The 'why,' for folks like me, is ALWAYS closely guarded secret. Which is why the urban legend of the 'runners high' is laughable. The truth is it hurts, all the time and the finish lines only means you are closer to stopping the hurt. The 'why' you can imagine, becomes a part of the runners reconciliation process in the world in which they exist.

Clearly, many, many, many agents believe they have license to be a free spirit and can do what ever they please.  Shorts and sandals and bedhead and disregard for time are acceptable to way to many.

To have a complete, well rounded, fulfilling life, clinicians repeat we must satisfy five areas of need:

1. Mental growth
2. New experience
3. Social engangement
4. Spiritual expsure
5, Physical activity

If you neglect one, the circle is broken and instead of smoothly rolling one will clunk about. 

How imporant you ask? Depends on one's tolerance for clunking.

Jan 13, 2015 09:18 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hank Dugie you are going to love what I am going to say....

"Focus on Your Health! Wealth Will Follow!"

Jan 14, 2015 02:25 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

100% needed.

May 24, 2018 11:05 PM
william browne
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - El Cajon, CA

I take a 1/2 hr walk with my dog every morning and 3 times a week do 50 sit ups and 20 push ups. Twice a week I do some easy weight work on the bench for muscle tone. Keeps my mind right.

Jan 13, 2015 11:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hank, as far as I'm concerned you NEVER get a second chance to make a good first impression! So to answer your question, very important! To stay healthy, I try to eat reasonably and exercise regularly. Fortunately, I'm also blessed with excellent genes.

Jan 13, 2015 10:01 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I think that "looking good" is part of the confidence thing. If you look good it gives you confidence. Unfortunately the hours we put in makes it hard to exercise as I should, but that's why we have resolutions, right?

Jan 13, 2015 06:09 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

You are your own asset.

Jan 14, 2018 08:52 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I try to exercise and eat well.

Oct 20, 2017 06:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Being healthy certainly helps.

Oct 13, 2017 11:14 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Important for all!

May 08, 2017 05:49 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

These are of paramount importance.

Jan 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

We both work out at least 5-6 times a week, and we have a vegan diet full of raw and healthy unprocessed food.  Looking good and healthy does wonders for your confidence.  

When I started in this business, I was 50 lbs over weight.  As soon as that came off, the confidence rose.  

Jan 15, 2015 09:14 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

As I get older,  I have to work harder at exercise and healty eating. I work out 3x a week at the gym and juice greens daily.

Now that I run a dog for competitive agility, I am working extra hard on cardio to keep fit for my 4 legged athlete.  If it were not for that,  I would probably slack some.



Jan 15, 2015 07:35 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I am fotunate the activites I like are social so I can combine a good workout while discussing business.  I work in a resort area and homeowners are always asking about current market conditions.

Jan 15, 2015 06:05 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Jacy, #9, sums it best. Without your good health and mobility nothing can be achieved. Do you know anybody that is wealthy, unhealthy, immobile and happy?

Your health is the most essential element in your life and as you grow older, you'll learn that what's most important to you isn't the almighty dollar. So, take care of your health so you can enjoy your wealth. 

Jan 15, 2015 05:35 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think it's very important to dress to your audience & have a good appearance. That said, there are too many slobs in real estate. I think that many agents are dressing down to a bad point. I wonder who is the agent & who is the buyer sometimes & it's not good when the buyer looks better!

Jan 15, 2015 04:35 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
New York, NY
The best Retired Brokers !!!!

How important is fitness, hygiene, and personal appearance to your success? What do you do to stay healthy?

Very Important and here's why....  

You need to be fit to work at anything... I mean try showing 6 houses in one day if you are not fit...

Your Hygiene... Please who wants to be near a person that smells... Yikes

Your Personal Appearance... to me this speak volumes about who you are before one word leaves your mouth... since the day we opened Wittney we have had a dress code and I know for a fact that it has helped our agents immensely...

Jan 15, 2015 02:42 AM
Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Thank you for all the feedback Jim Paulson Dana Basiliere Jacy Bowers Julia van Mook william browne and everyone else!

Jan 15, 2015 01:57 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I agree so much with Annette Lawrence  that I am now following her. I doubt that will get me much excercise physically, but it appears it will mentally.

There is a reason that people say "you can never make a second first impression".  There have been numerous studies showing that dress for success works.  If you want to be out of shape (although round is a shape), do you want to have to rebalance the rest to make up for it?

Jan 15, 2015 01:10 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Hygiene, appearance and paying personal attention to your clients is important for your business. Being fit is not necessary for business but sure helps you.

Jan 15, 2015 12:33 AM
Julia van Mook
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services - Pittsburgh, PA

Your health and overall appearance are important to maintain, and in my opinion I believe it shows a higher level of professionalism.  Plus you definitely get a confidence boost! I start every morning at the gym and try to focus on eating healthier throughout the day

Jan 14, 2015 01:57 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

It is important for success in any area of life, not just business. I am reading Miracle Morning and am starting the 30 day plan on Monday. (My treadmill will be here by then)

I also take Juice Plus which is a supplement, not a vitamin. It helps me get more of the fruits and veggies I need. 

Most importantly, in my opinion, is mindset. Reading affirmations and surrounding yourself around people who are uplifting can make all the difference between failure and success. 

Jan 13, 2015 10:52 PM