1. Find Your Motivation. “First, you’ve mentally got to want to do it. It’s never a temptation to me, for instance, to stay in bed. It’s never a temptation to stay home on a work day. I can’t wait to get to the office in the morning."
2. Practice Moderation. "I never smoked and I was a modest drinker. I don’t drink
hard liquor now. I drink wine, maybe a couple of glasses with dinner. More than that––never was of interest to me."
"My mother only took two bites of a dessert. I've never been able to master this, but I'm getting better at it . . . "
3. Stick to a Routine. "My first call to the office in the morning is 6:15. It’s 15 minutes before I start working out and I already have traders on the desk and I get what happened around the world at 6:15 in the morning . I have a trainer that comes in at 6:30 in the
morning. Somebody asked me one time 'Would you stay on that schedule if you didn’t have that trainer?' I don’t think I would. This trainer has been with me 17 years.
"The commodities market opens at 8:00, and equities open at 8:30 . I'm in the office before 8 and I have called the first meeting for the opening of the equities at 8:30."
4. Watch Your Weight. "I'm very sensitive to weight. My mother, I can still remember when she was 40 years-old, she said: “I'll never weigh 120 pounds.” And she never did. I weigh 175. The highest I've ever weighed in my life was 181, so weight is a big deal to me. I was 168 for over 20 years and so I'm only 6 pounds, 7 pounds above that weight. I’d very much
like to get back to 168––and I'll make it back."
"I'm not going to make 114. I know that, but I hope to make it past my dad’s 90. Physically I'm in good shape, but I also know that you can see about how long you've got left, and there is a lot you have to accomplish before you get there. So you’ve got to stay in the best condition possible to be able to make it to that point. What I'm doing is working, so I just plan to repeat the same process and hang around for as long as I can."
WEIGH IN! Who's your Octogenarian Role Model?
- At 85, Publishing Tycoon Hugh Hefner's legendary sexual prowess apparently remains undiminished.
- At 87, 39th US President Jimmy Carter continues to write books, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and travel the world engaging in conflict mediation. In a video interview with Big Think, he explains how he and his wife have stayed together for 64 years, and gives advice on how to sustain a healthy marriage.
- At 82, former poet laureate Maya Angelou continues to publish her poetry, give frequent lectures, and host an XM radio show.
. . . Who's your octogenarian role model, and why?