You won’t find too many entrepreneurs with the hustle and drive to win like Grant Cardone. To date, the CEO of Cardone Enterprises and Cardone Capital manages a nationwide multi-family portfolio valued at over $5 billion. He is the world’s leading crowdfunder, raising over $600 million in capital through social media. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has published 11 business books. We could go on and on about what he does in business, sales and marketing.
Although he seems to be “on” at all times, just four years ago Cardone experienced the pains and pains of more than 30 years of building his empire. Knowing that he needed to get his health in order and not wanting to undergo various surgeries that would immobilize him and put him on painkillers, he began researching ways to combat the wear and tear on his body. He got in touch with Gary Brecka, who was the CEO of Streamline Medical Group. Brecka ran tests on Cardone and instituted a new regimen for the 60-year-old.
The results were so good that Grant Cardone offered to buy the company and partner with Brecka to form the 10X Health System, which focuses on preventative health programs providing access to personalized health solutions based on individual genetic tests. Cardone credits the system with helping him be in the best shape of his life, feeling the best he’s ever had. You can’t own and operate seven private companies and a private equity real estate firm with a portfolio of assets under management of more than $5 billion without putting your health first.
Grant Cardone spoke with Bodybuilding and fitness on the origin of 10X health system and how it helped change his life. Here, he also explains the importance of rest, why his diet is always a work in progress, what makes an entrepreneur wealthy, and what he looks for in real estate transactions.
Grant Cardone becomes 10 times better
My routine is to wake up in the morning and work out. We have an oxygen bag containing 900 cubic liters of pure oxygen that I consume while riding a stationary bike. I will train myself. There is a magnetic mat. I do an infrared bed at least once a day to start healing the damage over 60 years old. That was four years ago, and now I’m at my best. This solved 99% of my problems. I run 18 companies, so to keep track of everything you have to be clear, have energy and not suffer. When you are in pain, you pay attention to your pain. Not your plan. Now I just hit the main core muscles. I just have to make it all work. I’m 64 and things started falling apart. I do my routine, which is leg day, back day, arms, and then I rotate it. I also do a lot of cardio, but not enough.
Without 10X Health, I would probably be in a hospital right now with heart disease. I probably should have had both of my knees replaced. My ankle would certainly have been operated. Both of my rotator cuffs were completely healed without any bullshit. That’s probably four surgeries, a heart problem, and I’d probably still be overweight. Also, I’m not in perfect condition. I see Mark Wahlberg and I think, “Damn, Mark looks good!” and it is a source of inspiration for me. The only thing I didn’t quite understand was my diet. I like chocolates, and I’m not strict enough on my diet.
Grant Cardone is a work in progress
The biggest mistake I think I made was not eating enough and not drinking enough water. I’m eating [business] offers, that’s how I fill myself. I didn’t understand the diet. I know it’s not complicated either. You just have to drink a lot of water, and I don’t. I also need to eat more often. The only other time I lost weight was when I ate every two hours. I tried going vegan before, and it was a big improvement for me. I was shooting Undercover Billionaire. I was in Pueblo for three months and had a farm behind this RV, where I lived. I used to go there to get vegetables, and that’s how I lived for 90 days.
Never jump on sleep
Anyway, I sleep eight hours. I tried sleep deprivation, and it was terrible for me. I did for years when I was riding. From age 29 to 35, I was sleep deprived. Now I try to go to bed at 9 p.m. and get up at 6 a.m. to beat the sun every day. I spend a lot of time with my family. They ride with me wherever I go. We homeschool our children so they can travel with us. Sometimes they like to travel with us, and sometimes not. But I like to travel with them. I wake up in the morning, look at my money first and look at all the accounts I have. I hit that oxygen bag on the bike, do my workout, and then it’s work all day. It’s paying attention to my business and meetings, then sleeping and repeating the next day.
Grant Cardone shares motivational tips to keep moving forward
What keeps people going, keeps them motivated, and what no one ever talks about is winning. If you don’t win when you train, you will stop training. People who don’t get results stop training, and people who get results keep training. It’s the same in business. People who are motivated are motivated because they win. They make money, attract customers or make a difference for their customers. I earn a lot and I believe it’s so important to my mental, physical and financial health.
The state of mind comes from being dissatisfied for so many years of my life. I would go to a therapist and ask him what’s wrong with me. I told them that I was disappointed with myself and dissatisfied. The therapist told me that I had depression and that he wanted to treat me with medication. I didn’t take drugs. They would just try to sweep those thoughts under the rug, but what’s wrong with me being disappointed in myself? The therapist asked, “What’s wrong with loving yourself as you are?” Because I don’t like myself when I’m performing below my potential. I’m not going to lie to myself because I know I could do more. I think that’s what keeps me going. I know I can do more, and if I know, I should do more. I don’t use disappointment now to depress me. I use this to encourage myself to become all that I can be.
Grant Cardone’s Essential Vitamins for Successful Entrepreneurs
Vitamin D is discipline. I was not lucky. I’ve been running this for 35 years. I woke up, tried to move the ball down the field. Also, vitamin E, which is energy. You have to bring energy to the game, and the way I do that is I keep recreating myself. I am no longer who I was 30 years ago, 20 years ago or even five years ago. It’s easier to do more than to do less, and it’s easier to stay excited about doing more than less. More is not the problem. More people is more fun; more offers are more fun; more money is more fun; and even more problems can be fun, as long as they’re big and juicy. It’s the difference between a truly successful entrepreneur and an Instagram wannabe. No offense, but there’s a lot of pretense because of social media. There are a lot of people giving advice before they really should. I would say the guys I know have been successful, they are successful and take it to another level, and they keep going. They recreate themselves, have tremendous discipline and energy, and have plenty of Vitamin C, which is Courage. When they see something, they move and go all out.
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