#1 Invest in your “health “above all else

Taking care of yourself and your health should arguably be your highest priority. It’s important to have a 360 view on your “health”, as we often get preoccupied with only the physical part. Here are the 4 components of health that we really focus on:

Physical health – taking care of your body (exercise and diet)

Emotional and mental health – being able to deal with demands of life, managing stress, anxiety etc.

Social health – having great relationships and interacting with others

Cognitive health – keeping your brain sharp

There are many activities that you can do for each of these 4 components to invest in your “health”. For example, yoga and meditation has been shown to work wonders for emotional health whilst having dinner with friends is super impactful for your social health!

Yes I get that life cant get really hectic with work and all of our commitments but don’t let that get in the way of your body and mind!. You deserves the best, so make sure you do everything in your power to give yourself the best!


#2 Conquer yourself to conquer your world


The happiest people we’ve ever met have always focused on on evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy ones are usually the ones comparing themselves to others.

I once read that “comparison is the thief of joy” and boy do I agree! We are all born under different circumstances, have different bodies etc. so comparison is useless.

Why should you compare yourself to others, no one on this entire planet can do a better job of being you that you yourself!

The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday. So conquer yourself to conquer your world.


#3 EMBRACE Physical activity for a higher quality of life


Focus on the the health and life benefits of physical activity rather than losing weight! The science is out there, physical activity is a key to increasing your quality of life and extending your life!

It’s proven that as little as 30min of exercise each day can fight off heart disease, diabetes, depression, and certain cancers ( particularly breast and colon cancer). It’s also golden for your mind.

Physical activity can help you control stress, boost your mood, and keep your brain functioning sharp, especially when ageing.

We believe that a well-rounded exercise has 4 components: aerobic/cardio exercise, strength training, flexibility training, and balance exercises. Each of these will benefits your body in different ways. Oh and if you’re too busy to workout, maybe it’s time to rethink your priorities?

See this Harvard article for more info


#4 Get comfortable with the uncomfortable


We know it’s scary to get outside of your “comfort zone” but again nether great things nor growth ever came from playing it safe inside “the comfort zone”. While we don’t advocate you doing crazy or dangerous activities, we do encourage you to attempt those “scarier” things but in a more systematic way.

For example, I use to be terrified of public speaking. But I read books, took a few courses and practiced a lot- now it’s not as bad :p! The same goes for starting a company like Ninepine, there is a lot I do not know but I put myself out there, ask a lot of questions and after a while, I realise that I have learnt so much about topics that were completely alien to me. Everything from logistics to fabric composition to packaging design – I’m definitely chilling outside my comfort zone on a daily basis but it’s super rewarding btw.


#5 Focus on impact


What are your priorities in life? What actions can you do today to help you achieve this life? When I look at my own life, there’s a lot of stuff that takes a lot of time and effort but don’t really give me any intrinsic value…

We find it really handy to use Pareto’s 80/20 rule (which states that 80% of the results will come from 20% of your actions) to ask myself questions such as:

What do I spend 20% of my time doing that gives me 80% of my happiness?

Who are the 20% of people I’m close to who make me the happiest?

Maybe its time to spend more time and effort on the stuff that actually makes you smile and feel intrinsically nourished 🙂