“I originally tried to handle stress by eating lousy (made me
feel better at the moment) and by working harder (not smarter),” recalls Granot ironically. “On November 21, 2013, I suffered a heart attack at age 50, and the doctor said I must reduce
stress or die. It was a pretty simple decision.”
Actually, he continues, reducing stress itself was not the goal,
but rather changing attitudes toward work and personal habits.
He improved his diet (losing 50 pounds) and now “breaks a
sweat” at least 20-25 minutes a day.
“I arrive at the office around 6: 30 - 7:00 a.m. before everyone else for quality time to catch up on e-mail, articles that I
had put aside, business/professional journals etc. (my time to
educate myself and take care of time wasters i.e. e-mail),” he
shares. He has also fired stressful clients. “This allows me to be
more productive; I have happier clients overall and I’m happier
overall, which reduces stress,” says Granot.
In addition, he notes, working with the Massimo Group
“helps me reduce stress and achieve my personal, work, and
Grusd says he prioritizes a daily to do list and checks items off.
“Even getting small things off the list creates momentum and
sets the tone for a productive day,” he says. He also seeks “
quiet” time. “Many days I will not go into the office -- especially
first thing -- so I am able to take care of the priorities without
any distractions,” he explains.
Exercise, Grusd adds, is a must. “It can be hard to commit to
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a regular schedule due to the nature of the business, but to me
it is the most important stress reduction method,” he says. “On
busier days I will find a local park or track and return my phone
calls while taking a walk. The combination of being outdoors,
exercising, and doing business is a win-win.”
He says he also finds it valuable to switch things up. “The other
night I took a 10 mile bike ride at 9 o'clock p.m. to ‘recharge’
my batteries,” he shares.
None of the SIORs we spoke to has closed the door to new
opportunities for stress management. “I am always looking for
different ways to relieve my stress and am certainly open to
new methods,” says Granot. “I am a self help reader, so I am
always looking for other ways or methods to help me.”
“I try to evaluate new approaches of stress management by
making sure that they are true to who I am and what I believe,
and also that they don’t result in creating other stresses as an
unintended consequence,” adds Baker.
“As brokers, we are always looking for new ways to service
business, compete for business and utilize technologies --
and stress management is no different,” says Grusd. He says
he learns about new approaches “primarily through word of
mouth from others that seem less stressed than me!”
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