Richard Branson, ultra-successful entrepreneur and adventurer, has some very simple tips to excelling as an entrepreneur. As a franchisee in retail, you need to channel that entrepreneurial spirit to negotiate leases, introduce new product lines and innovate your way of doing business – but still staying within the constraints of your franchise system.

Innovating inside the franchise system is harder than it is outside the system, but designers – creative people – are fond of constraints because they give rise to the most creative ideas.

On Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private island in the South Pacific, a group of high-flying businessmen and journalists are sitting around Richard in a mentoring session. A journalist asks him, “Richard, what is your number one tip for success in business?” Richard leans back in his chair, folds his hands on top of his head and smiles. He says, “Work out.”

The above quote was taken from Tim Ferriss’ book, “The Four Hour Body”. I recommend this book above any other fitness or diet book – because Tim gives readers the quick and easy changes that will give 80% of the results. He focuses on the ‘lead domino’ effect, or the quickest and easiest change that will lead to many more changes – that’s tipping over the lead domino and others will fall behind. It’s a big thick book that you read in sections, sections that contain the bits you need. In my first read-through I only read 100 pages!

There are a heaps of tips in the book that will help busy people. The tip I started with was to start having breakfast where I’d previously have toast or cereal or even skip breakfast altogether. Based on Tim’s advice in his podcast and book, I’ve added in a combination of eggs, lentils and spinach in the mornings, which keeps me full all morning. Added benefit? Reduced body fat percentage and lower resting heart rate, and lower numbers on the scale (I haven’t been this trim since I was in school!!)  Yes, you really can maintain a good body with Tim’s Four Hour Body strategy – try it!

Keeping fit and active is the best thing you can do for your health, for your creativity, and for your family relationships. Fitness for franchisees can be as simple as a 35-minute walk in the morning before you do anything else! Get out there, try it for 30 days, and see for yourself. Richard Branson says so!