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How Fitness Has Become the Secret to Multimillion-Dollar Success

Want to learn how to be a multimillionaire? Three men who live that reality reveal their secret success strategy: fitness.

To Wes Moore, “exercise is as important as breakfast.” A former Captain with the 82nd Airborne in Iraq and Afghanistan, Moore (pictured above) is now an author, speaker, and host of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) show Beyond Belief. He also has several business interests in his hometown of Baltimore. His book The Other Wes Moore, about a man who shares his name but is spending his life in prison, was a New York Times best-seller. Asked how he does it all, he says, “Well, let’s say I get by on very little sleep.”

Genial and funny, once Moore slows down, he has a more contemplative side—especially for a combat paratrooper. In his free time, when not working, speaking, or TV hosting, the 34-year-old trains like an athlete—running, boxing, and hitting the weights. “Each person is in charge of his or her own body,” he says. “One of the things I like about exercise is that you can do anything. I even like hiking...I played high school and college sports [he attended Valley Forge Military College and Johns Hopkins University before becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford]. It’s one of the pillars of my life.”

Moore loves to run with others. “Really, you can get to know someone on a run better than you can on a golf course.” Of course, that’s not all he gets from working out. “If it weren’t for athletic pursuits,” he says, “I wouldn’t have the focus I have. Exercise brings me focus. It builds a form of confidence. From half a mile, to two miles, to a half-marathon, you get confidence, and that translates into other areas of your life.” For him, daily exercise remains a “helpful time-management tool,” he says. “It helps to dictate the rest of the day.” When not working or working out, Moore spends time with his wife and their two-year-old. “Whether with family, work, or exercise, it’s all the same,” he says. “Being active in your life is being active.”

Back to Strauss Zelnick. The afternoon is soon to be upon us, and there will likely be a “fitness posse” meeting. “I tell you, one of the things I learned as a younger man,” he tells me, “was that you have to know what you’re good at. As a younger man, I wanted to be a songwriter or an artist, but I had no aptitude for it. I just wasn’t any good at it. So, after some soul-searching, I put that desire down and became the backroom business guy, which I am good at. It’s the same with sports and training. You’ll do better if you know what you’re good at. Not that you shouldn’t try new things. But you have to be tough and honest with yourself. It makes success easier.”

Zelnick is rolling now. It’s a mix of high-energy business and training philosophy, all bound up in one point of view—and it’s difficult to know where one aspect of his life ends and the other begins. “When you commit to a serious workout program,” he says, “it gives order to your day. It takes you out of the day-in-day-out of your work. You shake it off. And it’s fun.”

You can hear the excitement and anticipation in Zelnick’s voice. “It’s funny,” he says, “it’s gotten [to a point] where I schedule my trainer into my day planner, just as I do with every business meeting. “And in either case, I never miss a meeting.”

 

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