With more billionaires in the world than ever before, there’s no shortage of high-powered individuals with, what most of us would consider, high-stress jobs. But, much like the landscape of the industry, the image of the modern businessman has evolved. Long gone are the days of the hair-pulling CEO or powerbroker, chainsmoking in his office and making deals over whiskey (or, if you’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street, worse). These days, we see Silicon Valley tycoons and entrepreneurial leaders drinking Soylent and green juice, drip-dropping CBD, organizing office-wide yoga sessions and prioritizing balanced lives over ones spent living behind a desk. Physical and mental wellness pays off, and it just might be the modern-day secret to success.
Google searches for the term “self-care” majorly increased last summer, as compared to the past ten years, reaching peak popularity in September 2018. Similarly, the public’s interest in “wellness” has steadily increased throughout the decade. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the health and wellness industry experienced 12.8 percent growth in the global economy from 2015 to 2017 and is now valued at over $4.2 trillion.
So while moguls and money-makers certainly aren’t the only ones hopping on the healthy bandwagon, they’ve managed to harness the benefits in order to make themselves better leaders—and ensure the success of their ventures overall.