Busi­ness bad? Go for a work­out

The Jewish Chronicle - - & Business Finance -

WHEN the fi­nan­cial world — as we once knew it — is fall­ing apart around you, be­ing fit and healthy is cru­cial.

Train­ing is hor­ri­ble and bor­ing, but it makes you feel fan­tas­tic af­ter­wards and it gives you the edge in busi­ness. They tell me it’s the en­dor­phins. I don’t know what they are, but they make you alert and give you loads of en­ergy. So many peo­ple don’t look af­ter their bodies. Like me, they wait un­til a doc­tor tells them they are over­weight, have high blood pres­sure or too much of the wrong choles­terol. My trainer tells me: “It’s not how good you are on a good day, but how good you are on a bad day.” You have to push your­self. I see kids train­ing and I think that any young per­son who has the dis­ci­pline to train se­ri­ously for years on end in dread­ful weather must have a good at­ti­tude, and I think I’d like them to work for me. A lot of the peo­ple in my of­fice go to the gym at lunchtime. You see them go­ing off with their kit and com­ing back re­freshed. In th­ese dif­fi­cult times, which make the early 1990s look like a walk in the park, I want my busi­ness to be slick and lean and func­tion­ing per­fectly. We’re still re­cruit­ing, but cut­ting out any­thing that doesn’t help our en­ter­prise.

The most im­por­tant thing is to make sure that all our prop­er­ties are let. If we suc­ceed in that, we can hope for a healthy fu­ture. David Pearl is chair­man of The Struc­tadene Group, a com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­erty in­vest­ment com­pany

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