Career Advice

The 2 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You Healthier, Wealthier & Wiser

If you are anything like most of us fallible human beings, you’ve probably already broken some (most?) of your New Year’s resolutions.  If you are nodding your head ‘yes’, I have a proposition for you to consider……… Start over again with just two really, really simple resolutions which, if implemented, will make you healthier, wealthier and wiser.

Resolve to:

1.Keep Good Company in 2012

2. Be Good Company in 2012

Let me explain.  One of the interesting paradoxes of the high-tech, modern world in which we live is that it has elevated the importance of – and therefore, the benefits associated with –  the very old-fashioned Golden Rule.  You know, the one that starts with “Do unto others……..”  Technology-fueled people power (of which Glassdoor is a prime example) has created an increasingly transparent world, making it more and more difficult for any of us – as either individuals or organizations – to get away with bad behavior.

To “Keep Good Company” (resolution #1) you need to consider your role as a consumer, employee and investor.  By buying from Good Companies – those serious about protecting the well-being of their customers – you’ll point yourself in the direction of being healthier.  Think Seventh Generation.

By working at a Good Company – one that takes seriously its commitment to employees – you’ll get the benefit of on-the-job training and development, which will enhance your lifetime employability and income.  (Glassdoor is an excellent source of information for finding these types of prospective employers.)  Yes, yes – I realize that jobs aren’t growing on trees these days.  But as long as you’re looking, you might as well aspire to find yourself a Good Employer, as opposed to a Lackluster Employer (or worse).

Finally, investing in Good Companies is yet another way to become wealthier because, believe it or not, they make more money than the “bad guys.”  And yes, I realize that money also doesn’t grow on trees.  But take the money you do have and invest it in Good Companies.  It will serve you well.  No kidding – we’ve written the book on this!

As for resolution #2 – Be Good Company – it obviously covers a lot of territory.  Everything from flossing your teeth, to getting more exercise, to eating better, to remembering to call your mom at least once a week.  This is the part that will make you wiser– especially the exercise part, because it improves cognitive abilities.

As I’m writing this, I realize that resolution #2 is perhaps not as simple as it sounds – hence why so many of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions.  So if you decide to bag it, I understand.  But please try to stick with resolution #1.  Not only will it make you better off, it will make the world a better place.  And that, at least, is another way for you to make some headway on resolution #2!