Siimon Reynolds doesn’t so much go out on a limb in this chapter as try to chop down a giant oak with a butter knife. I feel that he is probably on the right path, but struggles here to keep the ideas original, tight and interesting. Nonetheless, what he says is relevant to the theme of the book, so I shouldn’t be too critical – A word of warning, I will attempt to grab the guts of this chapter in even fewer words than Siimon. There are surely many better exponents on this chapters theme than Siimon so it’s OK to poke some fun here.
Having established quite successfully in previous chapters (and in the following) that success is hard work, it seems self-evident that keeping our bodies and minds in top shape which in turn delivers consistent levels of high energy would be important. Something like; keeping the car “in tune” with tyres at the right pressure. Siimon deals broadly with the physical environment that we live in and with the way we treat our bodies in his efforts to remind the reader that sustained high energy is as tough to achieve as the rest of it – but again really important to success so it should be practiced until you get it right.
So, let us deal with the physical environment. The right environment should involve cleanliness, neatness and music… Siimon is also effusive about the value of reducing the electrical fields surrounding the bed – even suggesting the alarm clock should be in another room. (Heck, if we did that maybe I could put my alarm clock in my sons’ room and get him to wake me up at 4:45 am instead of the other way round… No that’s never going to happen right.) There is also a suggestion that a bed-room might appear clean – but a negative ion generator actually makes it so.
When we are attempting to look after our body, we of course are doing “things” in moderation. Food, coffee, drinking dark green plants and scheduling exercise on at least three days each week is a start. Siimon deals with Yoga as a great exercise for mind and body. Other “energy” pluses are getting the right dose of sunlight – good for vitamin D and E, the right amounts of sleep, and positive self-talk.
Now I believe Siimon, but I do enjoy working in my shed – a great haven, full of wood dust and bugs. So I therefore sneeze saw-dust all day Monday when I have been enjoying that solitude. Also I have learnt the folly of critiquing the housekeeper. I enjoy neatly ironed shirts, but by venturing to explain some preferences twenty seven years ago I successfully ended any chance that my wife would ever have to pick up an iron again. You have been warned.
In our lifetime entrepreneurs and top executives will be taking “energy levels” very seriously. The correlations between energy and success will be planned for, and all staff will be involved.