Lessons For Life: Maximizing Your ROI Of Life

By Jen Weigel
Chicago Tribune

Getting a return on your investment, or ROI, is important when it comes to your finances. But have you ever kept tabs on the ROI of your life?

According to Dr. Sanjay Jain, it’s possible to make changes in your routine that will physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually maximize your life‘s ROI.

“Everybody has the dream of getting married, having kids, having the white picket fence and a lot of money in the bank,” said Jain, a physician and author of the book “Optimal Living 360.” “But if one part of your life is collapsing, it can cause a chain reaction to all the other pieces and really throw you off balance.”

Jain, who lost his entire life savings “and then some” when he invested heavily in commercial real estate just before the market crashed in 2008, said the ROI of his life was low at best.

“I started gaining weight, I was not eating well, my cholesterol started going up and my sugars started going up and it all just came to a head,” Jain said. “That put a strain on my relationships, friends as well as family, and I sort of withdrew from everybody. You lose faith and ask, ‘Why is this happening to me?'”

After going through his downward spiral in 2009, Jain decided it was time to pick himself up and make some life changes. By 2011, he was keeping a notebook and doing research on what made him feel better.

“I started losing weight and felt energized and my whole outlook on life was improving, so I thought, ‘I need to write all this down so I share this with my two sons so they can read it when they grow up,'” he said. “That notebook grew and grew, and eventually, I realized I was writing a book.”

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